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Joe & Jennifer | Vancouver Hilton Hotel Wedding

It was a crisp and lovely January day for a winter wedding. We all were hoping and praying for a dry January day, so excitement was in the air when it was both dry AND beautiful!

Jen and her her girls got ready in the lovely bridal suite at the Vancouver Hilton, overlooking Esther Short Park. I don’t think I’ve had a bride who has as excited and giddy as Jennifer to be married! She glowed with joy every moment of getting ready and was stunning in her Vera Wang gown.  Shortly after, we went downstairs where Jen’s proud father got to have his own moment with his first daughter to become a bride. We then popped over to the historic area near Officer’s Row for a first look with her groom, Joe. It was so clear how excited these two were to become Mr. and Mrs, and I am so honored that I had the privilege of capturing the day as it unfolded.  The ceremony was special and full of meaningful traditions for their new family, including Joe’s daughter. The reception was full of stunning details, including gorgeous and grand floral designs from Flower’s Washougal, and the wedding cake inspired by the bride’s beautiful wedding gown from Simply Sweets Bakery.  Event Team Entertainment was such a pleasure to work with, once again, for both the ceremony and reception. The day was wonderfully coordinated by the lovely ladies from Your Perfect Bridesmaid, creating a smooth and lovely day. (See more about the vendors below).

To the new Mr & Mrs Martinez and the Lampkin Family, thank you from the bottom of my heart for having me alone to document your day! Much love, Eryn

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Venue: Vancouver Hilton Hotel, Vancouver, WA

Bridal Gown: Vera Wang

Florals: Flowers Washougal

Bakery: Simply Sweets, Vancouver, Wa

Hair & Makeup: Kylee Sallee

DJ:Event Team Entertainment

Event Coordination: Your Perfect Bridesmaid

Videography: RP Imagery

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Today is Launch Day!!

I am so excited to launch my brand new website! After several months of working bit by bit, I’m so happy to share it with you…

Because I’m so excited, I wanted to a do a little giveaway to celebrate! By sharing about my new site, you can win a $25 Starbucks card!

There are several ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment here on the blog

2. Share this on Facebook and then leave me a comment telling me you shared it on Fb! Check Out Eryn Kesler Photography’s brand new website! http://www.erynkesler.com

3. Pin this post on Pinterest with the title Eryn Kesler Wedding Photography and leave me a comment telling me you did

4. Follow me on Instagram at @erynkesler and share my announcement there with the hashtag #erynkesler.com and leave me a comment telling me you did!

For every time you share, and leave me a comment telling me you shared it, I’ll put your name in the drawing. You can do each share one time per day Monday and Tuesday…Drawing on Wednesday! Here’s a few sneak peeks of the new site!

 

 

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Courtney - I can’t wait until you get to shoot my big day!!! :)

Denise Pool Crawford - Beautiful!!!!

Grace Raub Quartson - This looks great Eryn! You are one talented lady!

Jennifer Horst - Love this Eryn! You are so talented and I can't wait! ;)

Scotti Hudziak - Eryn, it's gorgeous and classy- love it! When are you free July 3-11?? Thanks!

Lauren Roth - BEYOND EXCITED to have Eryn capture our special day!! She is talented and amazing!!

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Drew & Rachel | St. James Catholic Parish Wedding, Vancouver, WA

A day so crisp you could see your breath, but the sky was an unusual beautiful blue for December in the Pacific Northwest! It was a perfect day for a winter wedding! I am so honored to have been a part of Drew & Rachel’s wedding day at the stunning St. James Catholic Church in Vancouver, WA. TRULY- A stunning place to be married! ErynKeslerPhotography DrewRachel20131002 Drew & Rachel | St. James Catholic Parish Wedding, Vancouver, WAErynKeslerPhotography DrewRachel20131030 Drew & Rachel | St. James Catholic Parish Wedding, Vancouver, WAAfter dating for many years, this groom was one HAPPY man to be marrying the love of his life! Drew was grinning ear to ear most of the morning. I really love it when bride & grooms take the time to give each other a thoughtful card or small gift on the wedding day…in my book, that just starts things off right! Taking the time to SAY how you feel. Love it!

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Rachel was calm and collected all morning, which I’m sure is what makes her a wonderful nurse… She’s just kind & steady no matter what is going on around her!

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The reception was held at the lovely Academy Ballroom in Vancouver, WA, which is such a lovely place! A really pretty place for a reception in Vancouver, with some lovely natural light…(we have limited options here in Vancouver!). I just couldn’t get enough of the beautiful centerpieces created by Stacey Young of Stacey’s flowers, and Jen’s AMAZING cakes from Simply Sweets here in Vancouver. Both of these ladies are so incredibly talented!! Drew and Rachel danced the night away, and I have to say, I’m not sure I’ve been to a reception yet, where the people enjoyed dancing so much! It was such a fun group….and the grooms family has MOVES people!
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Drew and Rachel, it was such an incredible honor to be a part of your very special day!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart! XOXO Eryn

Special thanks to my second shooter Jamie Saechaeo and assistant Rachel Kesler for making the day run so smoothly!

Bride’s Gown: Bridal Exclusives

Florals: Stacey Young, Stacey’s Flowers

Cakes: Simply Sweets by Jen

Ceremony: St. James Catholic Parish

Reception: The Academy Ballroom

Catering: Artistic Catering

DJ: John Ross Music

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Robyn O'Reilly - Eryn~ I love your website, you have so much talent. We are so lucky that we choose you to capture Rachel and Drew's Wedding day! You are the Martha Stewart of Photography!!! You put their incredible day in protraits that we will cherish forever! You are truely amazing! Thank you again! Robyn~

2014 GOAL SETTING- Here we go!

I know I keep going on about Lara Casey and the gift I’ve been given through her blog. SERIOUSLY, go read it. WWW.LARACASEY.COM/BLOG.

For accountability sake, and also I’ve learned that when I write things out–I REMEMBER THEM. So, for the sake of drilling it into my memory banks, I’m putting what I’ve learned here as well. You can do this for your own 2014 goals by going to Lara’s blog (linked above) and start at Step 1.  I’m using some of Lara’s graphics (with permission) to go along with it, because #1- they are pretty. #2-this is not my own idea…she created this particular goal setting plan, and she completely deserves the credit. #3 if you are at all inclined to begin this process, please, join in! The more the merrier.

 

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Here we go! I’ve been pushing through some lists, what worked, what hasn’t worked in 2013 for me, my family, and my business.

WHAT WORKED IN 2013:

Starting with business:

  • focusing on shooting weddings! My heart is so full and I loved them all! 14 beautiful starts to marriages.
  • outsourcing my editing (this was a pain as I worked to figure out which editor would work, but finally, I think I ‘ve found the right one!)
  • Owning my own gear instead of renting lenses I needed all the time
  • having a home office- with doors! I love hosting potential bride & grooms in my office!
  • having Rachel assist me at weddings. Really helped develop a sense of consistency with each wedding day.
  • using online bookkeeping to invoice clients and process payments
  • Welcome packets for my couples-premade and ready to go! No more last minute rush before a consult.
  • local friends in the photography industry who really inspire me and share my values: Xiomara & Ali…xoxo!! HUGE blessings this year in my life. I want to be like you both when I grow up!
  • Pretty packaging- it just is good for my should to give my clients something tangible that I LOVE.
  • Profit: let’s be honest, it was pretty awesome to see that I had a legitimate income this year! WOOHOO!

On to Personal!

  • Getting more sleep. I stopped working til all hours of the night. It makes me a much nicer mommy in the mornings.
  • Lucy in preschool- been good for us both! Gives me a few hours to get things done, and she is LOVING SCHOOL. Win Win.
  • Figuring out how eating really affects my health/allergies. I didn’t do it a lot of the year, but I learned a lot about what makes me feel good and have energy.
  • Monday Night book group-turned Bible Study: these friends. They are like a cool drink of water to my soul. We have grown into realizing that we just.need.more.Jesus. More of God’s word-pure, simple, straightforward. We need to soak it in and let it change us. These ladies show me weekly that love is shown in action, and they are quick to act! I am so blessed to have them in my life.
  • Teaching art in my boys classes at school. I love being volunteering and finally have found the way that fits. I did NOT enjoy sharpening pencils and making photocopies last year. I love getting to see the sweet faces as they create and learn.
  • Working out with my buddy Laura! I just need accountability to show up or it doesn’t happen. I am social. I need a friend to keep me showing up at the gym.
  • Date Night thursdays/Awana club for kids. It’s been a winning combo! This year all 3 kids get to participate in Awana, they have fun learning about God’s word, and we get 2 glorious hours to converse, connect, be still. It’s the most consistent date night we’ve ever had in our 13 years of marriage.
  • having young married couples in our home. We are still growing in this area and our group is still growing together, but it’s such a wonderful start. We are passionate about solid foundations for healthy marriages, and we are so excited to have them in our group.
  • Camping. In a trailer that is OURS. We made lots of fun memories with our kiddos camping this year, and are so blessed to have been gifted a travel trailer from my parents. So many memories to come!

WHAT DIDN’T WORK IN 2013

  • doing my own wedding editing. I just needed to push through to outsource this to give more time to my family and other areas of my business.
  • blogging-just didn’t happen (see bullet above)
  • working after kids get home from school = mommy barking at kids for being kids. No good.
  • survival mode in the home- not planning meals, not keeping things organized and picked up, not planning ahead
  • workflow (lack of) is just not productive with my time
  • follow up with vendors was lacking
  • not scheduling a monthly time to do bookkeeping/organizing of paperwork
  • not giving my clients a tangible delivery of images. (they didn’t complain at all, but I learned I prefer a tangible experience to satisfy MY heart.)
  • spending too much, both in business and personally. Thus the contentment challenge! It did nothing for any of us to have more stuff, except increase our wants.
  • not working out in the mornings with Laura-this fall I decide to try using my morning preschool hours to get work done and work out alone in the afternoons. Except…I didn’t. I worked in the mornings, but never EVER worked out. Even once.
  • being short with my kids. yelling more than I want to admit. general lack of grace if I’m honest.
  • getting off track with my healthy eating, even AFTER I learned how good I felt without grains and sugar.

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Lessons I learned from what worked in 2013:

  • I have a passion for healthy marriages
  • More scripture in my life brings balance to my health, my priorities, my attitude, my work
  • I need more time LIVING my life and less behind my computer screen obsessing over growing a business
  • I love engaged and young married couples in my life
  • creating a client experience that is satisfying to MY SOUL and my clients needs is a good thing
  • Surrounding myself with women who live the way I want to live is so inspiring. Don’t want to stop spending time with them.
  • I need more more more of God’s word and Spirit in my heart to stay on track. I just don’t have it on my own.

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What I learned from What didn’t work in 2013:

  • I need God’s love and grace, so I can be loving and graceful & disciplined.
  • I need to create a solid workflow to give my clients a consistent experience, from first website contact to delivery of images
  • I need to be creative-not just with my camera.
  • I need space in my life for LIVING & real relationships
  • I need to outsource my editing to allow for more time for vendor follow up, blogging, and livingicon smile 2014 GOAL SETTING  Here we go!

That is it for today, tomorrow I’ll blog about what get’s me fired up! #2014GoalSetting #MTH2014

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Fired Up

If you follow me at all on instagram or Facebook, you’ve probably seen that I’m working through setting some fresh goals for 2014. I stumbled upon Lara Casey’s blog a few months ago, and her words just stirred my heart in a fresh way. Honestly, I feel like it was a gift from God to find her…she has just deeply challenged me to look at what matters in my life, and DO something about it.

It’s honestly not uncovered new passions, or a deeper meaning of my life, those things have been there. I KNOW what is important to me, things I’m passionate about, but I’ve been so stuck in survival mode—WE have been stuck in survival mode, For YEARS people. It’s just time. Time to get OUT of survival mode, reclaim LIVING our life, right where we are. It’s got a few long stories, that I’ll save for another blog post. But I’m fired up. Working through my goal setting for the year with Lara’s PowerSheets has rejuvenated me. I’m not even done working through them, and my goals are just scratched onto notebook paper right now as I work though what matters. But, using this tool (power sheets) has really given me clarity to get back to what matters. Lift my head up from my screen(s). DO what matters, not just have it in the back of my mind for someday.

I think the Lord has given me this phrase to cling to, because it covers all of my life….Cultivating legacies of Lasting Love. It covers my own marriage. It covers my relationship with my kids. It covers how I think about my wedding photography clients. I want everything I do to be grounded in this: Cultivate LASTING Love.


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I come from several generations of lasting marriage, and I feel SO blessed. My great grandparents were married over 70 years.
My Grandparents, almost 60. My parents, coming up on 40 years. You better believe, I want my own marriage to last until death do us part. I want to leverage every bit of influence I may have to inspire others to invest in making their own love last the length of their lives too. It’s SO easy to get caught up in making a beautiful wedding, and it’s so stinking easy to overlook preparing for MARRIAGE, not just planning your wedding day. And as important as the wedding day is, it’s ONE day. A very very BIG day…but it’s just the beginning, not the end. I’m praying through, HOW can I do that? I’m asking the Lord to clarify this purpose to me. Show me how I can bless each and every couple that comes through my door, or across my blog/website…how might the Lord use that? Scripture is full of telling us exactly what love looks like…and let’s be honest….it’s never once mentioned gorgeous bouquets, or the perfect gown to make LOVE happen. Love is about sacrificing for someone else’s sake. Love is about patience. Love is about joy in hard times. Love is about serving. Love is about GRACE. Putting aside ourselves to care about someone else. The amazing part is…when we do those things? LOVE GROWS. It allows the person who is LOVED to blossom. So they too, can LOVE.

This is something I need to drive all my actions. Lasting Love, just as the Lord has for us, shown TO us by sending Jesus to demonstrate the ultimate act of love–giving his very LIFE for us to be in relationship with God. I’m feeling FIRED UP about it. Reconnected to my purpose. Refreshed. Lord, please guide me as I hone in on the HOW. Show me HOW to love my family. HOW to help others be driven to LOVE above all else. What REAL love is. Amen!!

 

 

 

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Ali Murray - Your thoughts and words never fail to inspire me. I am so thankful to call you a colleague and a friend. Love you and your wonderful heart.