As I sit here writing this, with my 2 week old daughter in my arms (one handed typing is super slow fyi!), I am blown away with how much can change in a year. 2017 was definitely a year of change for me personally, and chugging along beside all that change was a business that I love more than I thought possible, and a crew that is making it possible for me to balance life and work. This past year, we tore down our house and built a new one, found out we were pregnant (yay!) and welcomed baby Madison into the world, welcomed 2 new planners to the Heyday team, and worked with 11 amazing couples, bringing their dream weddings to life. It was a big year, and a really really good one. As I have over the past few years, I thought it would be fun to take a look back over the year that and share with you the highlights. So, without further adieu, here we go!
The year started off as I like it to...nice and slow...We had a really cold winter in Victoria (which is super rare!), and enjoyed lots of cozy nights in and even a few snow days here and there! A highlight though was seeing Mica & Nate's wedding featured on SMP here. If you remember this wedding from last year, you'll remember how special it was, and getting to see it published was such a treat!
Come February, we took our annual trip over to Saltspring Island with some really good friends, and enjoyed 4 days of games, hikes, wine, runs & really really good food. We also met up with AMERIS in February to take some new team photos for the site. A whole lot of hilarity ensued (as it usually does with them), and I loved getting to update the site with Paula & Nick added on, as they are both so instrumental to FKE! With the arrival of Spring, weekends were completely filled with meetings, mockups, site visits, and full on prep for the upcoming summer of weddings.
In April, I had the opportunity to team up with some seriously inspiring ladies, and put together a styled shoot that was totally out of my comfort zone. The results were drop.dead.gorgeous., and I can't wait to share the images with you all very soon! Stay tuned... Paula & I also signed up for a Modern Calligraphy class taught by the wickedly talented Kate Campbell, and our obsession with wedding signage grew that much more! In the middle of the month, Nick & I escaped to the Okanagan with some friends, for the Easter long weekend, for a much needed vacay before the craziness of wedding season began. And let me tell you all this: the Okanagan is AMAZING! Go there immediately! So much delicious wine (obviously!) and food! And the wineries...so many beautiful spaces! I would absolutely love to start planning a wedding or 2 there each year, and so I am putting it out into the universe for 2019. Any couples out there that love wine country as much as me? Take me with you!
After a really relaxing Winter & Spring, $*%t got real in May: We tore our house down and found out I was pregnant (all within the same week, just in case you were curious lol!). Wedding season was just around the corner as well, and our sister company, Heyday, kicked off the season with a stunner at Starling Lane Winery. This wedding was featured on SMP (woohoo!!). And at the end of the month, we helped to gather all of our favourite people in the Victoria wedding industry at the annual Meetup. This time, Toque treated us to an incredible sit down feast, and I honestly don't know how we are going to top it in 2018!
June kicked off the FKE wedding season, and once it got rolling, there was no stopping until October. This season was also the season of live music (woohoo!), which is hands down, my favourite part of weddings. Our first 4 weddings all had bands, which kept the parties going well into the night. We stayed close to home this year, celebrating at a family farm, an English estate, a winery, and some of the most iconic spots in Victoria (hello Empress!), just to name a few. In June, I also took the leap, and started to take guitar lessons! Random, right?! I've wanted to learn for years, and finding out I was pregnant was the final straw that got me to the music school. In my mind, I'm going to be able to play like this within a year, but in reality, we all know that is never going to happen lol!
In July, Nick & I escaped to Vancouver to see Jack Johnson (#bucketlist), and then also managed to take off to Saltspring Island again for our dating anniversary. We seriously love that place! Upon our return, it was back to weddings! There were some seriously stunning ones this year, and as the galleries come in, I'm reminded how lucky I am to work with such amazing couples, and equally amazing vendors who help me pull off these wicked celebrations!
In October, feeling insanely pregnant (hello third trimester!), Nick & I headed off on a baby moon to our absolute favourite place in the world....you guessed it...Maui! Our days were spent debating whether we should go to the beach or pool (tough decisions!), eating a lot of delicious food, and really soaking up the last few moments of it being just the 2 of us. Upon returning home, life started to move at warp speed. Our house was nearing the finish line, all things baby prep officially took over, and we were so honoured to have an incredible baby bash hosted for us by Laura! I was also stoked to add Bonnie to the Heyday team, and made it official with a new team shoot for the Heyday site!
At the beginning of December, we moved into the house!! Woohoo!! The timing couldn't have been better, and our incredible builders, Philco Construction, worked their butts off to make sure we were in the house before baby came! The rest of the month was spent unpacking, settling in, and working as hard as possible on all of our 2018 weddings before baby arrived. And on December 23rd, our whole life completely changed, with the arrival of Madison Elizabeth Walker. We are head over heels in love with her, and she has already stolen both of our hearts in a big way. Basically the best way to end this incredible year, and I have no idea how 2018 is going to top it. But...I am up for the challenge, and can't wait to see what the new year brings!