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2015 Wrap Up by Colleen Schmidt

Well, 2015 literally flew by. I probably say this every year but I LITERALLY can't believe that tomorrow it will be a new year! 

What 2015 looked like for me: 
- First year down happily married to my best friend! *Heart you, Steven*

- 1st (hopefully annual) sibs weekend! 

- Lots of concerts

- Celebrated the last "day" of being single for two dear friends (what happens at a bachelorette party stays at the bachelorette party) ;) ;)  

- Went to FL for a girls weekend with Stevens family. I'm truly lucky to have the best second family! 

- Had the honor of documenting the wedding of one of my oldest friends

- Had the honor of standing up with one of my dearest friends when she said "I do" to her best friend (who is also a dear friend of mine) 

- One of the best weekends of my life on an island with friends

- Received some really hard and scary news about my father. I have been blown away by all of the love and support our family (especially my father) has received! I became a founding member of "Team Tim" and was truly touched by everyone that joined in. This was the hardest part of 2015 by far, but looking to 2016 to deliver even more healing for him.  I know it will. *I love you, Dad!* 

- Met my best friends baby girl aka my new BFF!! 

- TURNED 30 and had the BEST surprise party EVER! *thank you times a million, Steven and Bridge*

-Riot Fest! 

- Amazing trip to NYC with my mom and sis

- Cried so many tears of joy watching my baby sis walk across the stage and graduate with her MASTERS! 

2015 was definitely busy for Colleen Schmidt Photography as well! I am so so grateful for each and every person that let me document a part of their lives this year. I am truly blessed to do what I love and I can't imagine doing anything else! You are all the reason I am able to do this and I don't think there are enough thank you's in the world for that. Thank you for supporting little old me and my dream. #blessed! 

Thank you, 2015. You have been a roller coaster ride, that's for sure. But life is about the ride, am I right? Ready for the next ride in the new year (maybe I will get the courage to hold up my arms this time going down the hill. Can't promise anything, though.) ;) 

2016, BRING IT! 
Cheers, 
Colleen xoxo

I have a lot of blog catching up to do, and I will! I swear! In the meantime, enjoy some of my favorite shots from this year at Colleen Schmidt Photography: 

Kristen and Kyle! Summer wedding FULL of Love by Colleen Schmidt

If you want to see their adorable Fall Engagement session before checking out their wedding, click here

Kristen and Kyle. I just love these two.  Some of you may know that I have known Kristen for a looooong time. She is one of my sisters best friends from GRADE SCHOOL. Yep, grade school. (My sis was in the wedding! It was so fun!)

I can't lie to you, I always get choked up at some point on a wedding day. I just do, I'm a sucker and I'm ok with that! However, THIS wedding had tears actually falling at maaaany points. It was so awesome to see little Kristen all grown up and GLOWING! Kyle loves her so much and literally looks at her the way all girls deserve to be looked at. Kyle's vows blew me away and all the personal touches on their day just made it so perfect. Kyle has a sister that lives in Switzerland right now and is pregnant and couldn't make the wedding. They had her record a reading and they played it during the ceremony in place of her being there. Such an amazing sweet gesture and made it feel like she was there with them. Kristen's dad's speech got me the most. Woo boy! With all that love and happiness came the dancing, lots and LOTS of dancing. This couple knows how to party, let me tell ya! A Bride's DJ kept the dance floor packed! One of my personal favorite parts of the day: the fact that there was a Disney sing along on the dance floor many times. (Aladdin, Lion King and Mulan to be exact.) And it was AWESOME! 

Kristen and Kyle, your day was just the best. Thank you so so much for letting me be a part of it. I wish nothing but the best for you both! XOXOXOXOXO 

First Dance Song: 

What was your favorite part of your wedding day: 

It’s so hard to pick just one! Right after my dad “gave me away”, Kyle leaned in to kiss me just out of instinct! I said “not yet!” and we both started laughing which immediately took all my nerves away and made me so excited to get the ceremony over with so we could be married! Our DJ also played a few Disney songs that our bridal party and guests got really into. Everyone was singing along and acting out scenes from Lion King and Mulan - it was awesome!
— Kristen
When I got to marry Kristen. I think the moment when we walked down the aisle together after we were married was my favorite!
— Kyle

Any advice for couples in the planning process? 

Enjoy each and every moment of your wedding day. Don’t let a minor detail or deviation from THE PLAN stress you out, make a conscious choice to be calm and trust the months of effort and planning that got you here. The day will fly by so take a few minutes throughout the day and night to look around and soak it all in with your new spouse.
— Kristen
Everyone says this, but enjoy every moment and just experience the day. Looking back I do wish that I had taken more time to thank so many of the guests for coming and celebrating with us, so I would say make the best use of your time and mingle around as much as you can!
— Kyle

Kristen and Kyle's Vendors: 

Venue: Tanglewood Country Club
DJ: A Bride's DJ 
Videography: Fordham Footage
Flowers: Branch and Bloom
Makeup: Makeup by Angelina Maria
Hair: Lavish Salon