The Big Day!

  • The New House

can’t believe it!! I’m typing this blog post out in our new home. It’s so surreal. I feel like we were just driving around neighborhoods and dreaming of what it would be like to BUILD a house!! I never thought that this would be something that we would do and so this opportunity really took us by surprise. While we didn’t dream about BUILDING, we did dream about what we wanted to be able to accomplish with our home one day. We wanted our home to be used and when God blessed us with the cute little house on Cutler Ridge 2.5 years ago, we used it WELL. There were so many high schoolers and guests coming in and out of that house that we had to replace the carpet!

(Well, part of that was Bokeh’s fault too:) That little house taught us that we have a heart for hospitality. There is something very intimate and special about opening up your home to others and we quickly found out that we enjoy that! So when we started thinking about upgrading, we knew we wanted our next house to be capable of hosting gatherings of all kinds. We were looking for an open floor plan, decent parking capabilities and something a little out of the ordinary. We didn’t want the traditional colonial with a compartmentalized layout. As we moved box after box into our home yesterday, I found myself looking around and thinking “Really?! Is this real life?!!”. How did this happen?! We’re so thankful for every little piece of this puzzle that come together so perfectly. God definitely had His hand in this. From the timing, to the price, to the lot selection….. He even had his hand in the renting of our old house!! Michael’s position at Gayton has been filled and that sweet couple will be renting our previous home! Crazy!

So in some ways, it all feels like it’s coming together… and then I look at the garage. Literally our WHOLE house of STUFF fits into our new two car garage. The painters are still working on the house and so we have to wait to get everything put away and setup. I’m working from a make-shift office and I have no idea where certain items of clothing are but it’s all good. We’re happy and we’re so thrilled to actually LIVE here!!

So this week will be full of blog posts and I have two gorgeous weddings to share but besides blogging and some editing, I’ll be taking some time to focus on getting our life back in order! And I can’t end this post without thanking our sweet families for all of their HARD WORK! They have helped us so SO much and we couldn’t have shot a double header weekend, closed on a house AND moved in one weekend if it wasn’t for them!! So to the James and Alsop families… we LOVE you! Thank you thank you thank you!!

And because we’ve read a lot of comments asking for some *inside* shots, here’s one little peak of the living room…. my FAVORITE room in the house!! Bring on the LIGHT!!!  More pictures to come as we start to make this house a home!! And Ps. Workshops will be looking VERY different in the future… that’s all I’m going to say for now…. but if you were considering a workshop one day, there are exciting things coming your way!

29 Comments Our Home, Personal
  1. NF reply

    That is really awesome Katelyn! Congratulations, all the way from belgium! =)

  2. Girish reply

    Congratulations to you both, great house. Looks amazing, specially the interior.
    Good wishes

  3. Ana reply

    You’re home is lovely. Congrats!

  4. Vanessa Chupp reply

    AH! You guys! We’re So So excited for you!! Great things will happen in this house! Congratulations!! xox

  5. Stephen reply

    At least we only had to paint 2 rooms! Wow – ThAT PLACE IS HUGEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

  6. Alexis reply

    What a beautiful story, married couple and House:) Wishing you many years of happiness, joy and hospitality in your new home! :)

  7. Erin Schrad reply

    Congratulations! It’s an amazing home. (I walked through the model!) Excited to see what you do with it!

  8. Jody gray reply

    Love love love love love :)

  9. Sabrina reply

    Congrats, Katelyn and Michael!!! So excited for all God has in store for you guys and that home of yours. Can’t wait to see more of the inside!!!

  10. Ashlyn reply

    Oh boy!!! Yay!! This is so exciting!!! Knowing your killer interior design skills, I can wait to see what you do with it!! So exciting!
    I neeeeed to come to a workshop… Sounds like there’ll be some neat stuff going on! :)

  11. Rhiannon reply

    YAY!!! So excited for you guys, sister! It’s beautiful :)

  12. Christy Tyler reply

    SO happy for you two and can’t wait to see it all come together! We moved on a wedding weekend 2 Octobers ago and it was NUTS! haha I’m so impressed you did it on a double header weekend!!

  13. resi reply

    Have fun getting settled! Excited to see more pictures – duh! – once you’ve completely moved in. Good luck!

  14. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    That living room is going to be amazing! I can’t wait to see it finished!

  15. Annamarie reply

    Yayy! Congratulations!! Cant wait to see it in person! I am dying over how pretty those dark hardwoods are…Have fun unpacking/decorating!!!

  16. Patricia Carlisle reply

    Congrats!!! Your house is BEAUTIFUL!!

  17. Paulina reply

    congrats Katelyn!! can’t wait to see more of your new home. Hope you guys have a smooth move in! =)

  18. Emily reply

    Those windonws!!!! they are incredible!!

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  20. lindy reply

    eeee so Exciting!!

  21. ashley link reply

    such a beautiful home!!! God bless you two! may y’all have many wonderful adventures in your new home!!! LOVE all those windows too! so happy for y’all! :)

  22. Kathryn Grace reply

    Congrats! Excited to see more… our old house (that we haven’t lived in for 8 years now) had a very bright, open floor plan and I so regret that I didn’t take advantage of it when I had it (wasn’t doing photography then!).

  23. Dajuan reply

    What a blessing! All those windows, it’s beautiful.

  24. Adelaide Wedding Photographer reply

    Oh wow… How awesome!! Congratulations.. such a great achievement.. cant wait to see more pics :)

  25. Kristina w. reply

    Congratulations Katelyn and michael! I’m so happy for you two! i can’t wait to see what you do with the inside!

  26. Cindy Habel reply

    How wonderful for you both. Congratulations! (And what a stunning house!)

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  28. Christina Cohen reply

    Hi Katelyn!
    I’m an Israely christian photographer, and I’m following your blog for some time now.
    I got to tell you I got very blessed and inspired by your life story and work.
    I think this is amazing how devoted you two are and how God is blessing and leading you!
    Really, I feel like I know you so well now that I rad most of your posts.
    YOu are very talanted and I learn a lot from you!

  29. Heather reply

    The pictures are gorgeous! So happy for you guys, what a testimony of God’s faithfulness. Will you be posting additonal pictures as y’all get settled in?

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