2016 | Personal Recap
Soooo, I’m a little late to the game here, but it was still important to me to make this post! I love these yearly recaps because they give me a way to document our entire year in one place – so it’s definitely more for myself than any other reason haha! At some point, I’d love to use these to make yearly photo books, preferably sooner rather than later haha, so we have tangible reminders of our favorite moments from each year. What kind of a photographer would I be if I didn’t remind you to print your photos (or do so myself haha) 😉
2016 was a craaaaazy year. A good crazy, sometimes a crazy crazy, but over all just crazy haha. I took on my first full year of weddings and at times found myself struggling to keep a work/life balance (still do haha), but I loved what this year had to offer for Kylie Noelle Photography. I wouldn’t change it for the world.
But in the spirit of creating a better work/life balance in 2017, I wanted to look back on all my favorite “life” moments last year 🙂 We got to explore new places, visit my family in California a couple times, celebrate our one year anniversary!!, and buy our first home!! Not every moment of the year was this picture perfect, but I’m so grateful for the ones that were.
2017, you have some big shoes to fill – 2016 will always have such a special place in my heart, for sure. I’m going into this year looking for all the things to be grateful for, all the ways tough things might just be trying to grow me and change my heart, and with plans to balance life just a little better. Here’s to praying it’s as good to us as last year 🙂
Early Winter 2016
Oh winter is my least favorite season of the year. I spend most of it just wishing for spring haha. This past winter, though, we got to visit some friends in Michigan during the Detroit Auto Show. Ben and the guys went off to the auto show while I went off antiquing and shopping in downtown Ann Arbor with the girls. Dare I say, it was actually kinda… cute – ughhhh, my inner Buckeye is so upset with me right now haha!
At the beginning of March, we flew out to visit my family in California. It was like we jumped right into spring and I loved it (until we flew back to still winter Ohio haha.) We got to visit San Francisco, do a couple styled shoots with dear friends, go hiking around my hometown, and just enjoy being present. It’s always too short of a trip when we go out there and I always find myself contemplating why on earth I’d ever leave a place that has a two month, mild winter, but hey – I’m just happy that planes bridge the miles quite nicely 🙂
Last spring was so good to us! We road-tripped down to South Carolina and spent the week soaking in the lowcountry goodness. Oh my word, I don’t think I’ve ever fallen so head-over-heels for a place in my entire life. Being from the west coast, I’ve never really had a chance to explore much of the east coast and had never been to the south except for Texas. It’s magical. If Ohio could start growing Spanish moss from all it’s trees and have a nice, warm salt air breeze on occasion, that would be fantastic. We stayed on Hilton Head Island, but also got to explore Savannah (which I LOVED) and Charleston, which was so colorful and charming! We made new friends when we photo-swapped with Jen & her husband, Jeramie, and I’m so thankful we did! They’re the kindest people ever and I’m so thankful for this crazy thing called instagram for connecting crazy creatives like us! I could just go on and on about this trip, but I’m so excited to say that we’ll be repeating it this May! 🙂 Seriously can’t even wait.
I’d also like to dub this spring the year I became the most peony obsessed person in the world. Ben probably wasn’t thrilled with how much I started spending on flowers this year, but guys, they just make my heart so happy! I’d always been all about having fresh flowers in the house, but I kinda became a flower snob once I discovered Red Twig Farms. Can’t honestly say I’m too mad about it, they just make me so happy haha. All I ever want now are fresh, local grown blooms – the grocery store stuff just doesn’t cut it haha! Also, T minus four months until I’m swimming in peonies again (and attempting to grow my own – fingers crossed!)
My family came out to visit for a few weeks this summer, which I loved! We still had our apartment, so fitting four extra people in there was a challenge, but so worth it. One week, we drove down to Nashville – another city I’d never been to – and it was everything I imagined and more! I’d always pictured it as the country music capital, so I thought I’d be seeing cowboy boots and acoustic guitars everywhere, which was only kinda true! There’s definitely that side of Nashville, but there’s also a very trendy, up and coming, almost hipster side of it too. I loved exploring the 12 South neighborhood – I think that was my favorite. So many unique shops and restaurants – everything was so detail oriented and branded to perfection. My little entrepreneur heart was in heaven. Also, can we petition to get a flower truck in Columbus or Cleveland or something? I think we could all benefit from weekly trips to Amelia’s Flower Truck.
On July 25th, we celebrated our one year anniversary! It felt crazy – it felt like it couldn’t have already been a year, but at the same time, it felt like it had been much longer (in a good way haha!) They say the first year is the hardest, and it definitely had it’s challenges – adjusting to living with someone else is a weird concept. I definitely feel like I grew a lot in that first year, but only for the better. And it wasn’t all difficult – it was also such a fun year. I love getting to do life with you, Ben. It seems like every single day is a new adventure, and I couldn’t be more in love with that. I like you and I love you 🙂
Also, shout out to my girl Anna Markley for these anniversary photos! I love having a tangible reminder of year one 🙂
In August, we got the keys to our first house!! After months and months and MONTHS of house hunting, we finally found one that was perfect for us. We walked through it the day it was put on the market, put an offer down that night, and thankfully we get to call it ours now 🙂 It was built in the 1920s and has so much charm and character – which is exactly what we were both looking for. We’ve been spending so much time making it us, from painting, to furniture projects, to updating light fixtures, and it’s been the most fun adventure of the year. I’m still just in love with it as I was the day we walked through it, if not more! It’s slowly but surely becoming a reflection of us and all the work we’re putting into it, and I can’t wait to tackle more projects this year – maybe the kitchen? 🙂 We’ll see!
Remember how I said that I became the biggest flower snob ever? Well, this fall I became all about dahlias. I discovered Bloom Hill Farm and their gorgeous, dinner plate dahlias back in August and bought a dozen every week until the first frost. I guess you could say I was low key, or high key, obsessed. I’m missing my weekly flower picking dates, right about now! PS – DIY brides – Bloom Hill offers stems for weddings if you’re wanting to skip the florist and make your own bouquets. No designer fee and you still have the most gorgeous florals ever?! It’s a win-win situation 😉
In October, my friend Amanda and I drove up to Cleveland for the madness that was Gilmore Girls Day! We waited out the morning rush and drove up just for the sake of taking a picture with the Luke’s Diner sign and getting paper coffee cups with Gilmore Girls quotes on them… We’re not ridiculous at all, haha!
We hosted our first Friendsgiving this November and I’m sincerely hoping it becomes a tradition! When we bought our house, I knew I wanted it to be a place that was inviting and that we could fill with friends and family, so hosting a Friendsgiving felt so right! I loved getting to be a big girl and set a pretty table and learn how to cook a turkey – it’s so not my favorite activity haha – but most of all I loved having all our friends gathered around. 🙂
Late Winter 2016
We went out to California again, but this time to spend Christmas with my family! We switch off holidays every year, so last year was my first year to not be home for Christmas, which was really weird. It made being home this year so much sweeter though. We were in California for three weeks, and when we went out, I was anticipating filling those three weeks with lots of adventures. It turned out to be a much more laid back trip, and that turned out to be just what I actually needed after a busy work season. We spent so much time just being present in the moment, relaxing with family and friends, and soaking in that warm California sunshine (which we could desperately use more of in Ohio right about now haha!)Already planning my next trip out 😉
Here’s to a 2017 as wonderful as 2016 🙂