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Memorial Day Weekend: Wedding Season

Hi friends!

Sorry for the brief absence, I have been one busy bee! I promise I will get back to responding to comments asap! But real quick, let’s recap this past weekend!

It was a wonderful, jam-packed weekend back in my hometown, complete with shooting a wedding and spending time with family. Friday night I got into town earlier than usual thanks to a half day at work. Being able to spend a couple hours catching up with my parents before the sun goes down is always much more enjoyable than lingering in the kitchen sometime around midnight!

Saturday, and if you follow me on Instagram then you already know this, I shot a gorgeous wedding in Arrington, TN for a sweet girl I went to high school with. The wedding was at a farm situated on a vineyard, and could not have been more perfect! The entire day went swimmingly, and was probably the most efficient wedding I’ve ever shot – we were right on schedule the whole day!

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Shooting weddings is something I’m passionate about, but it took me taking an 8 month hiatus from weddings to remind myself of that. After shooting several dozen, and planning my own, I was burnt out! I just have three to shoot this summer, but constantly go back and forth on if I want to promote myself enough to go full time and take on more business. Maybe someday. Shooting weddings is a huge time commitment, and after Adam and I talked about it last year, I decided to slow down and free up more weekends for us. But, I honestly think being a stay at home mom and shooting, along with blogging, would be my dream. Only time will tell. For now, I still love working full time in the digital marketing world, but it’s nice to know I have a dream I could fall back on, if I ever chose to pursue it more seriously!

Here are the three sneak peek images I posted on FB, along with the link to a bigger sneak peek on my other blog.

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Ok, enough wedding talk!

Sunday, I slept in (don’t judge- being on your feet for 12 hours is exhausting!) then we had all our family over for a Memorial Day cookout/birthday/nephew play time. I’m convinced my little Henry is the most precious little human ever, but I’m also still convinced that my brother can’t possibly be old enough to be a DAD!

Monday, I woke up early to get a long walk in with my mom, since I knew I’d be sitting in a car driving all afternoon.Β And right after that walk, I met up with my childhood best friend for another long walk through the cute little downtown part of our hometown, then met up with my parents at my dad’s office to take some photos. I’m redesigning and building his new website, so it’s been fun to have another creative side gig going! Not that I really need anything more on my plate…

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To say I was active this weekend would be an understatement! A 12 hour wedding on Saturday, and two long walks on Monday morning made falling asleep last night quite easy! But, being active is just the way I like it! All of those cookout calories had to be put to good use!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for Rockin’ Refuel! You could win a pretty sweet bag of goodies!

What did you do this weekend? Did you enjoy time with family? What is your dream job or passion, realistically or not?

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27 Comments

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    Carmy
    May 27, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    looking good! I feel as if a 12 hour wedding = a workout itself haha.

    I spent all weekend studying for my exam tomorrow and of course, I don’t feel ready at all. Too much to do, not enough time!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Haha right! It really is! Especially lugging a big bag around all day! Hope you’re exam went well..I know I’m late!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    May 28, 2014 at 6:14 am

    I get worn out just attending weddings! Can’t imagine shooting them for that long. I got in some nice long walks this weekend, too, along with some hot yoga and a run. It was perfect weather, so I spent as much time outside as I could!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Girl I’m right there with you! They can be exhausting even just as guests – the most tiring part of shooting them is being on your feet ALL day long!

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    May 28, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Great photos lady and I think it’s awesome that you have a “fall back” career. I mean, that’s one heck of a fall back haha.
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Haha thanks Erin – we’ll see what happens!!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    May 28, 2014 at 7:58 am

    You are an incredibly talented wedding photographer! Do you feel like making a trip to Georgia? haha
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks Stacie!! Haha, if you really want me to then let’s talk!!! πŸ™‚ But really!

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    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    May 28, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Ahh beautiful photos! You’re a great photographer. The bride and her bridesmaids look fantastic!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you! The wedding party really was stunning!

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    Katie @decoratemylife
    May 28, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I didn’t know that you’re a photog! Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing. My dream job is to work from home as an Arbonne consultant full time. Right now I’m loving working my business on the side of teaching, but it definitely has the potential to be a full time gig. Of course, I’d still blog!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Yes ma’am! A lot of people don’t πŸ™‚ I know a few people who sell Arbonne…that’s good stuff!! I hope you still blog!

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    Katie @ running4cupcakes
    May 28, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I can’t imagine shooting a wedding – so exciting but exhausting. Looks like the pics turned out great. We were up at the Lake all weekend and it was wonderful and relaxing!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      It’s a blast! A little stressful at times, but typically a pretty “happy” day!

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    Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork
    May 28, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I can’t believe you have a FT job, blog, and do this on the weekends! Oh, and find time to run. Crazy!
    Love the pictures. And I hear what you say about thinking of things for when you have kids. I think I’d want to work part time, and am trying to make my way to making that a reality. Whether it’s blogging (doubtful at this point), nursing (working on that degree) or what I’m doing now (clinical research), I’ll figure it out.
    I’m working on my dream job–I’m going back to school to be a nurse and would like to combine that with nutrition and personal training to be a type of wellness coach. I’m not sure exactly what it will be in the end, but I’m trying to figure it out. πŸ™‚
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Haha, girl me neither. It’s a lot! That’s so cool that you’re doing nursing, it’s a career that will always feel rewarding I think! It’s intimidating to think about future plans once kids come into the future, but I feel like I should keep it in the back of my mind, you know?

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project
    May 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Beautiful wedding photos! I love going to weddings. They are usually very long but are so much fun! I was up for about 20 hours on my wedding day. It’s crazy that I was able to be up for that long but it was all worth it!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Same here, weddings are always a blast, especially if it ends up being a reunion of friends and family πŸ™‚ Whew, 20 hours is a LONG day!

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    Lindsay
    May 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    The pics look great! My sister is having us wear that same blue color for her wedding too!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks! Yay! It’s such a PRETTY color!!! It will look great!

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    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness
    May 29, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Those pictures are beautiful. Great job! Glad you got to spend time with family this weekend. I had to work , so I didn’t get to do anything fun.
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it’s always so nice to get in some family time!

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    May 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Your pictures are so pretty! I love what I do, but I would also like to do something related to fitness on the side!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Thank you! That’s so good! I’d say your blog is a start in the right direction!

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    May 31, 2014 at 9:50 am

    You are just the cutest photographer ever! Can we rewind so you can do my wedding pictures?! I am obsessed with the boots you wore with the black dress! Adorable!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Haha aww you are sweet! It’s so much fun – oh if only we COULD rewind! And thank you, they’re old leather Ugg’s from a couple seasons ago πŸ™‚

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    Tori Green
    August 17, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Great job well done! Those wedding pictures are beautiful. Your amazing very talented photographer. Thanks for sharing.

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