It's hard to believe that just a little over a year ago this adventure began... I'll never forget driving to Huntsville, AL for Holly and Chase's wedding in a freezing cold 4-runner filled with flowers and thinking to myself, "I despise cold temperatures, but I would still be delighted to do this every single weekend."

I would like this first blog post to be about people who have helped me turn the pages in this new chapter of my life:

My family - you have been so unbelievably supportive and helpful from day one. I seriously could not have done most of these weddings without my precious mom and sister. Thank you for staying up late with me and for being totally okay with extreme layering in hotel rooms : ) Mom, you look fantastic in a hoodie. Paul, you always look at me with a big ole grin. Not sure if you think I'm crazy or you're just proud of your little sis, and I'm  honestly okay with a mixture of both. It's so comforting to know that you'll always be there for me, arms wide open. I adore you.

Moni - to you I say thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You've really given me confidence unlike anyone else. Your creative ability is astonishing, and I can't wait to skip down this road with you. Just don't trip you klutz.

Meagan - thank you for creating this perfect website. Thank you for continuing to work with me through the planning your own wedding, bringing adorable Oaks into this world and the craziness of life. I'm forever grateful for your sweet, sweet soul.

Phenomenal roommates and friends - Lindsay Rae Design is pretty much happening because of you. Thank you for spreading the word, allowing me to fill our NY apartment with flowers and patting me on the back no matter what the situation may be. Thank you for your constant love, outrageous laughter, undeserving grace and honesty.

To every bride and groom I've had the pleasure of working with thus far - you have blessed my life in the most beautiful way: by vowing to love each other as long as you are walking this earth. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of one of the most special days in your life. It fills me with an immeasurable amount of joy.

Life is a roller coaster ride, but I just can't imagine it without those unexpected drops, unbelievable loops and heart wrenching turns. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it doesn't make sense and we're forced to search a little harder for those reasons, but it's in those moments that we grow as individuals and as a community. The past year has been filled with an abundance of searching, and I'm so unbelievably thankful because I found some gems along the way. I can't wait for the journey that lies ahead...

xoxo, LR ... Photography // Rylee Hitchner