2018 was a big year.
Sean and I bought our first house together, in October we got married and went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for our honeymoon, then we adopted our fur baby Willow, our house was broken into, we celebrated our first Christmas together as an old married couple, and now here we are.
A year full of weddings, festivals, portrait sessions, and real estate photography — let’s get this 2018 recap started.
Beth & Kienan
Beth and Kienan kicked off 2018 with their intimate January Club Soda wedding. With only their closest family and friends in attendance, it was really something special.
Paul & Shannon
Fast forward to June with Paul and Shannon‘s North Carolina wedding! From the stunning ceremony at the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, to the bridal party portraits at the North Carolina Museum of Art, to the coolest reception ever at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Paul and Shannon, ya’ll done real good.
Stephen & Madi
On perhaps the hottest day of the summer, Stephen and Madi got hitched in Warsaw, Indiana. Madi and Stephen absolutely complete each other– I mean like Yin and Yang “you complete me” status. Madi is the bold and outspoken one while Stephen is more quiet and reserved. Together, these two are an absolute match made in heaven.
Josh & Allie
For our last wedding of the year, we partied with Josh and Allie for their Fort Wayne wedding. It was the perfect fall day, the entire bridal party was fun loving and fantastic, and it was overall just the most perfect day.
Walk the Moon
When I first saw Walk the Moon at the Indianapolis Old National Center in 2013, I instantly knew that this group was going to be my forever favorite band. And now five years and two albums later, their sold-out performance at the Old National Center Egyptian Room only proved that my favorite band was back and better than ever.
What is there to say about Middle Waves Music Festival? A two-day festival right here in Fort Wayne, Indiana filled with glitter, balloons, llamas, happiness, music, love, and life. 2018 was my third year volunteering, but my first year a part of the Middle Waves Marketing Team and in my role as Lead Photographer.
Taste of the Arts
The Taste of the Arts Festival celebrates and supports the rich diversity of arts and cultural experiences in our vibrant Fort Wayne community. The festival is open to all, providing access to art without cost. Get a taste of Fort Wayne art, culture, food, drinks, music, and more!
Sean and I spent a lot of time deliberating and going back and forth on where we wanted to spend our honeymoon. For months leading up to the wedding, people would keep asking us where we were going and we’d say, “well, we’ll figure it out eventually.” It wasn’t until about a month before the wedding that we took the plunge and booked our Gatlinburg, Tennessee cabin and it was the best decision we could have made.
A lot of people don’t know that I work full-time as the Visual Content Producer for Reecer Properties. This basically means that anything you see from Reecer Properties, I made that — that includes all of their real estate photography! Since starting almost two years ago, I’ve photographed nearly 300 homes in northeast Indiana, list prices ranging from $70,000 to $3.2 million.
As Visual Content Producer, I’ve had so many amazing opportunities. Properties I’ve photographed have been featured on Facebook’s “For the Love of Old Houses” page multiple times, one was featured as the Second Most Popular Home on Realtor.com, and my photos and advertisements that I’ve designed have been published in Fort Wayne Magazine. I also get to meet the cutest pets, which is honestly the best part.
Top three things to happen in 2018: purchasing our first home together, getting married to the love of my life, and adopting Willow.
We adopted Willow from our local ASPCA shelter and it was honestly love at first sight. I had been looking on all of the shelter sites for weeks (Sean can attest that I was supremely annoying by sending him links and photos of all the adoptable dogs) and when I saw Willow’s picture pop up on a Thursday night, I made plans to see her first thing Friday morning when the ASPCA opened.
Willow had previously been with a family who had ten children, and that family surrendered Willow and one other dog because they couldn’t give them the attention and love they both deserved. From the alopecia hair loss behind her ears, on her toes, and on the backs of her legs, we were told that Willow most likely lived as an outdoor dog and wasn’t given a lot of attention in regards to heigeine and diet. Both the ASPCA and the vet said that her hair may never grow back, but we didn’t care—she could be our rough lil lady, scars and all. She was also fairly underweight, so we were encouraged to give her plenty of food and treats.
We brought Willow home and while it took her some time to warm up to us and get used to ceiling fans, we found out that she loves toys, sleeping belly-up on our couch, and getting the zoomies running around our backyard. We also think Willow had never seen a TV before, because the first night we had her, we turned on Parks and Recreation and she was enthralled.
Willow now gets monthly spa days, lots of cuddles and belly rubs, toys that she tears to shreds, treats that she eats in no time at all, and all the love she deserves. We’re also happy to say that almost all of her hair has grown back and she’s a healthy and happy lady!
Cheers to 2019, happy new year!
2018 Recap by Danielle Doepke Photography