2015 was good to us

Another year!  We’re young, but old enough now to know that the best part of our lives is time with the people we love.  This year Jay and I worked hard, but were also intentional about spending lots of time with each other, with our families, and with our friends.

I’m one semester away from being finished with law school and Jay’s settling in to a new job that is a great fit for him.  We are still spending our weekends photographing weddings and families (recaps of our client work will be on this blog over the next few weeks).

This year we spent great long weekends in Crested Butte, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.  I also took a Moore family vacation to Puerto Rico followed by a road trip with my brothers up the East Coast.  I promised Jay that someday, he would be the one with the flexible schedule for travel while I stay in Denver to work!

Our breaks from work and school included bike rides, dancing at weddings, and sharing meals with friends.  We took long walks with Olive, and on a December whim adopted a puppy.  Now Olive has a rowdy but snuggly sister named Margo.

We are so glad to have parents, siblings, and extended family, all within an hour or so of our house.  My sister graduated high school and moved to Lawrence, Kansas, making her the farthest-away member of the family.  I made the sixteen-hour-round-trip drive three times this year — I think I see her more frequently now than when she lived 15 minutes away.  The Moore siblings are successfully resisting getting boring while growing up: we spent Thanksgiving making short movies and hosting a karaoke party (pictures below).

Jay’s brothers have given us three amazing nephews (plus one dog nephew that we are very fond of).  When I think back on the last year, some of my warmest memories are hanging out with the growing Rathbun family, laughing with my brothers and sisters-in-law and playing with our nephews.

The hardest part of this year was saying goodbye to Joe Moore this fall, my uncle, and a good and kind man.  Spending time together in the days following his death reminded me what an amazing gift it has been to grow up in a family where Thanksgiving dinner has to serve 40 and people who love you are always there to help you however they can.

Here, at the beginning of our marriage, we’re planning for how we can make sure our lives are built around spending time in a way that brings us joy, with the people we love at the center.

And here’s the proof that sometimes, we take the camera out for ourselves.
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storyboard006storyboard003storyboard004storyboard003storyboard002storyboard012storyboard008storyboard007We are enormously grateful for everyone in our lives.  The people we love continue to put big smiles on our faces.  We hope we get to spend lots of time talking and laughing with you in 2016.

Brooke and Alex are married

Brooke and Alex are two wonderful people, and even if you had never met them before you would know just from spending an hour with their wedding guests.  These two have an incredible community of kind, generous people who love them deeply. And know how to enjoy a wedding reception.  storyboard003storyboard001storyboard002storyboard016storyboard004storyboard005storyboard006storyboard007storyboard008storyboard010storyboard011storyboard013storyboard014storyboard012

Juliana and Lawton are married

Taking pictures at friends’ weddings is one of our favorite parts of this photo venture.  Juliana has been one of my best friends since we met as first graders in the mid 1990s.

When she told us in college she was dating someone she had met in Texas, Jay and I wondered who could be awesome enough for Juliana.  But Lawton is a perfect partner for Juliana’s wit and brilliance.  We continue to lobby for them to move back to Denver so we can hang out all the time.



Juliana - And we’re so grateful to have such awesome friends, featured in some of the best memories from the last 20 years! And as an added bonus they took great wedding and engagement photos for us. We’re heading back as soon as we can.:)

Jen and Carey are married

Jay and I knew Jen and Carey’s wedding would be great from the first time we met Jenny, over a beer at the Copper Kettle last summer.  Jen and Carey have big rowdy families, which made us feel right at home.  Their nuptial mass and reception honoring lots of Irish-American traditions were both beautiful and over-the-top fun.

Aubrey and Michael are married

Aubrey and Michael are both incredible advocates for social justice in health care and Jay and I are lucky to have them as part of our community.  Their wedding was in Chautauqua Park and everything about it was beautiful!storyboard003storyboard004storyboard005storyboard006storyboard009storyboard007storyboard008