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Weekly Wrap-up

9/29/14

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Last week, I set aside my ever-growing inbox and increasingly exhausting workload to spend four days with some of the sweetest girls I have ever known in the Hillsides of Georgia. And I remember how I felt packing the night before, stressed and tearful as I anxiously threw a random collection of things into a suitcase and set my alarm for 4am. I was convinced that it was crazy to pack up and take a retreat in the busiest part of my season.

And boy, oh boy – was I wrong!  As our car rolled up the tree-lined drive of Berry College, the autumn breeze filtering through the windows, I felt this incredible sense of peace come over me. The air was sweet and the skies were blue. I turned off my computer, lived wifi free for nearly an entire week, and opened my heart. I practiced calligraphy for the first time. I wore cozy sweaters. I read the Bible. I frolicked (literally frolicked, so nerdy – I know!) in a field of grasses, sat beneath a tree, giggled like I haven’t since I was a kid, and shared my soul through tear-stained eyes with a group of girls who have become my family.

And for the first time in a long time… the ‘Instagram Story’ paled in comparison to the richly beautiful life we were living. I was reminded that I wasn’t alone in the stresses that come with running a small business and that no one on this earth has a perfect: _____ (business, family, marriage, house – insert anything in the blank). We often hold ourselves to these ideas of perfection when we fail to realize that we are enough. I am enough. You are enough. Just the way you are. Just the way He made you.

Human beings were not created to live solitary lives behind a computer screen or working tirelessly to reach some superficial idea of ‘success’. I remember the letter I wrote to my Sixteen Year Old Self and I feel like I need to take a moment to reiterate what I said in those lines –

WORK HARD, BE HONEST, AND STAY HUMBLE.

“When you falter, remember to look for the faces that are standing around you. Those friends who would rather spend a dozen tearful nights by your side than a lifetime without you… They are the ones that you will cherish the most.” – And I cherish these faces more than I could ever express in words. Every single person I met last week has an eternal place in my heart.

At Pursuit 31 we talked about faith, family, and business. We grew as artists and women. And the entire retreat was an eye-opening look into just how desperately I needed to let go and let God take on many of the burdens and worries that I’ve been carrying on my shoulders these past few months. I returned refreshed, renewed, and overwhelmingly EXCITED to take on the end of my season. I truly hope that everyone has an opportunity like that at least once in a lifetime. It made all the difference.

Jason & Linda’s Engagement | Eastport, Maryland

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On Friday, I photographed Jason and Linda’s gorgeous engagement session at the docks in Eastport! We ended the evening with a gorgeous setting sun and sailboats galore… my dream session! Get ready to see more from this shoot tomorrow on the blog!

 

Kelsey & Kevin’s Engagement | Washington DC

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Kelsey and Kevin are absolute sweethearts and I loved capturing their sweet engagement session around DC last night! Get ready to see more of these sweethearts on the blog this week!

 

*Very Important Note: I am fully committed for Saturday Weddings in August, September, and October of next year! I will be accepting a very limited number of Friday and Sunday weddings for couples that are interested, but I’m excited to announce that every single Saturday is ‘spoken for’ between August and October of 2015. If you’re looking to book an autumn wedding and are considering a non-Saturday, be sure to email me soon! I’d LOVE to chat more before my schedule books up entirely!

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  1. Lauren Swann

    September 29th, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Love you and your heart!! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip!!

  2. Jennifer

    September 29th, 2014 at 8:01 am

    It looks like a fun trip and I can’t wait to see more from the engagement session! They are too cute!

  3. Laura

    September 29th, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Looks like you had an amazing weekend! Beautiful engagement sessions too!

  4. Nikki Santerre

    September 29th, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I love you, so so much. Last week was everything, and I’m so thankful to have shared it with you and the other girls. You taught me so much about community and the heart of God simply by being who you are. Miss you already! xoxo!

  5. Caroline Logan

    September 29th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I love you I love you I love you. I think back to that shy, nervous sixteen year old girl attending J&M’s big, out-of-her-comfort-zone conference in a city that could swallow her whole with it’s size, yet there was a girl who swept her up under her wing, told her “you can sit with us” and made her feel special, valued, and loved… breathing confidence into who she was in every second. I’ll never forget that, Nat. You’ve been such a difference maker and beacon of love and light in my life, and I’m so proud to have the tiniest part in joining you in this beautiful journey you’re on.

  6. Kelsey Budd

    September 29th, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Kevin and I are so blessed to have met you! Nothing short of divine intervention. Thank you for sharing your heart with your community. So brave and so beautiful! Can’t wait to begin this journey with you 🙂

  7. Brea

    September 29th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    It sounds like the retreat was exactly what you needed! Welcome home and I can’t wait to see more from these beautiful sessions!

  8. Lauren C

    September 29th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    You made me a little teary-eyed today. It’s a wonderfully crazy thing when someone you’ve never even met says exactly what you need to hear sometimes. I hope to be able to get away and have an experience like you did in Georgia. So happy for you that you left with exactly what you needed!

  9. Anna Arpasi

    September 29th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Love the write up about the conference! We always need breaks during those busy seasons to let Him renew your spirit. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in everything. Remember the still, small voice that he uses…and of course gorgeous work as usual.

  10. Emilia Jane

    September 29th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    <3 <3 <3 <3 I'm so happy you went to P31! I'm so jealous 😀

  11. Michael and Carina

    September 29th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    My oh my you’ve been busy! And great that you’re booked up so soon!
    Keep up the lovely photos!! <3

  12. Annamarie

    September 29th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I love you so much Natalie! This post is amazing!!! I’m so thankful to have you in my life…you are such a gift to all who know you. Thank you for being such an amazing friend and for always making others feel special and valued..So excited for this journey that your on and how the Lord is going to use you to share His love!! So so grateful for you. xoxo

  13. Heather Baker

    September 29th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    LOVE THIS!!!! 🙂 🙂 Love you!!! SO SO happy for you!!!

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