When you first meet Courtney & Josh, you could mistake them for just another couple but let me tell you, once you start to get to know them it quickly becomes obvious that these two have already weathered ups and downs along the way to stand where they are today.
Where they stand today is together, along with their beautiful son's, in love and ready to start the next chapter in their lives together as husband and wife.
I was fortunate enough to meet Courtney & Josh in January 2015 after Courtney and her Mom Sherry visited the London Bridal Expo. It was there that Courtney and I chatted about her wedding day dreams and our friendship began.
It's always an honour to work with a couple on something so close to their hearts, but to meet someone like Courtney and Josh who were willing to open up and share not only their wedding day but their families is just a dream come true! From our first consultation through engagement portraits (check that post out here), the arrival of Braedyn and on to their emotional wedding day I can honestly say I have loved every moment of working with these two.
Please join me in welcoming Courtney & Josh to share a little more about their story today in their own words.
We met through a mutual friend, than again at cowboys one night where I dismissed him because I was having a girls night! So mean, haha, we didn’t talk for a few weeks after that until I reached out to him because I realized he could be a great guy and sure enough he is!
Courtney- I knew Josh was the one within a few weeks of us dating, I just had this feeling about him that I had never felt before. He made me giddy and excited about life. When we weren’t together I missed him terribly, to the point where we started basically living together after a few months of dating. Also a big point when I realized I wanted to marry this man was seeing him with his son, he is a great father.
Josh- There was stages for me, I knew that she was the one not only for me but also my son Xavier, how she chose to love him like her own and deal with all the other logistics of being a step-mother. I love how she stands by me no matter what, that was when I knew I wanted her in my life forever, we had numerous conversations about life and what we wanted out of it but it wasn’t until I took a step back and realized she was all I wanted, and I could stop looking, on that day I went and bought her ring and proposed to her.
Courtney- Ahh, there is so many things, it is hard to narrow it down to just one. I would have to say my favourite thing about him is how hard he works to make me happy and express his love for me. His eyes are also pretty killer.
Josh- Again, there is so many things I love about her. I can’t narrow it down to one, I love her willingness and drive to fight for what she believes is right, it takes so much strength and courage to be a step-mother and go through the things we have together. I also melt when she holds my hand, kisses me, and her laugh is absolutely adorable.
Courtney- He always makes the funniest noises and faces to make our sons laugh and it melts my heart.
Josh- She does lots of things that she thinks are hilarious, and laughs aimlessly at herself, but I don't think they are as funny as she does.
Courtney- I didn't see it coming, I was so excited, nervous, and I cried like a baby, I couldn't wait to tell our families and start planning our lives together.
Josh- I planned it for about a month, I was super nervous but once it was over I couldn't have been happier.
Courtney- Celebrating with friends and family and of course wearing my beautiful dress, and of course seeing if Josh cried when I walked down the aisle!(he did)
Josh- Seeing Courtney walk down the aisle, getting to hold and kiss Courtney as her husband and celebrating with everyone.
Uniqueness, veering away from the traditional weddings
Courtney's love for everything nautical!
MAKE LISTS! It makes it so much easier and way less stressful to be able to look at a list and physically check the to-do's off.
Photographer - Rebecca Nash Photography
Grandma's Oven - Cake Bakery
Demetrios - Dress Designer
L.O.V.E Wedding & Music Service - DJ or Band
Adam Hicks - Videographer
Moore's - Tux Rentals
Esteem Artistry: Catherine Krahn- Bridal Party Make-up
Studio Couture- Bridal Party Hair
Lamplighter Inn- Getting ready location
Maeve Armstrong(All Seasons)- Officiant
Safa Tailors- Bride's Alterations
Ben Moss- Engagement Ring
People's- Wedding Bands
Check out this sneak peek of the same day slideshow presented at their reception that brought them both to tears.
Join Rebecca Nash Photography and other Fabulous London Wedding Professionals for an afternoon of inspiration, information, prizes and more!
I am thrilled to be participating in (and orgnaizing) this event for a second year.
Last year brides gave fantastic feedback on the things they loved about the event including the smaller/more intimate feel, the knowledgeable and helpful vendors, the inspiration they got from the wedding inspiration vignettes, and more.
Among the many fantastic prizes to be won from our vendors is your chance to win an Engagement Portrait Session from Rebecca Nash Photography as well as exclusive savings if you book your 2016 or 2017 wedding photography at the show.
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As 2015 becomes 2016, I want to take a few minute to reflect on the year and express gratitude for all the wonderful things that have happened. (Sure, it's been a bit of a roller coaster but I choose to focus on all the positives)
I am grateful for...
an amazing husband & daughter (who may only sorta understand what I'm talking about but nod along anyways)
new friends near and far (clients, colleagues, fellow conference attendees, mentors and more...) I love you all!
the health of my friends and family
the amazing memories I have created this year with amazing couples
the opportunity to work with so many seriously fabulous wedding professionals (major shout outs to my fellow London Wedding Professionals - you guys rock!)
new learning (from reading, fellow wedding pros, online courses like CreativeLive & the School of Photography, and a chance to change my whole perspective at Shutterfest)
another step towards being the person I want to be and the kind of business I want to have (its all about being the best me so I can offer my very best to all of you!)
new slippers and warm cups of hot chocolate shared with friends or sipped quietly as the night winds down
an energetic little puppy named Kowa (the only one in this house who doesn't look at me like I'm nuts when I get up at 5am to work)
the amazing support from friends, family, colleagues and more (thank you for believing in me)
...and so much more!
Last but definitely not least, of course, I'm thankful for YOU! Thanks for being here and joining me on this amazing, exciting, crazy journey!
Here's to an amazing new year together and all the possibilities open before us!
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