Three Years

All photos in this post were taken by Savannah Smith Photography. If you're local to York-Lancaster-Philadelphia and looking for a family photographer, be sure to read to the end of this post for an exclusive discount on a photography session with Savannah!

Three Years | Fall Couple Anniversary Photos by Savannah Smith Photography

Today marks three years since I became Mrs. Storck. It's a little hard to believe, because honestly, it feels like longer than that! So, so much has changed in our lives since our wedding in 2013. We changed jobs, Anthony once and me three times. We bought our first house. We went on our first "big" trip together, saving up so we could fly to California to see our friend,  Ella graduate film school. We adopted our sweet baby, Chloe. Anthony went back to school. I left the security of a "day job" to pursue my dreams of running my own business. We have overcome and we continue to face challenges big and small. Man, we've lived a lot of life in these past 3 years. 

Three Years | Fall Couple Anniversary Photos by Savannah Smith Photography
Three Years | Fall Couple Anniversary Photos by Savannah Smith Photography
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There are many times in the past 3 years where we've felt like it's "us against the world", and you know, in certain areas we are feeling that way right now. There will always be struggles and difficulty in life, whether it's family, finances, work, friendships, or anything else. I feel so lucky to have a partner in life that builds me up and gives me strength to face whatever comes our way and I try my best to do the same for him.  Whenever something unexpected happens, or an obstacle crops up in our path, I always say, "Don't worry, Anthony. This is a character building experience"! Part of being a young adult is learning things the hard way. It reminds me of a verse from my favorite hymn growing up in the Methodist church, How Firm A Foundation.

When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,

My grace, all sufficient, will be thy supply.

The flame shall not hurt thee, I only design

Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine. 

Three Years | Fall Couple Anniversary Photos by Savannah Smith Photography
Three Years | Fall Couple Anniversary Photos by Savannah Smith Photography
Three Years | Fall Couple Anniversary Photos by Savannah Smith Photography
Three Years | Fall Couple Anniversary Photos by Savannah Smith Photography
Three Years | Fall Couple Anniversary Photos by Savannah Smith Photography
Three Years | Fall Couple Anniversary Photos by Savannah Smith Photography

For our photos this year, we met Savannah at Indian Steps Museum, a beautiful historic property on the banks of the Susquehanna River. Anthony was originally a history major and has a big interest in Native American history. Indian Steps was my first ever field trip back in my Preschool days. We've been to the museum together a few times now and we love it. Plus, the grounds are absolutely beautiful!

Three Years | Fall Couple Anniversary Photos by Savannah Smith Photography
Three Years | Fall Couple Anniversary Photos by Savannah Smith Photography

Bouquet by Rosemary & Rust in Shrewsbury, PA

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that Savannah is our go-to family photographer. We've prioritized having professional photography done every year since we got married, and not just because we want a pretty photo to send out at Christmas time. Anthony and I both love looking through old family photo albums because we are nostalgia-lovers at heart. I love the idea that we are capturing images with Savannah that we will be able to share with our children and grandchildren someday. 

Learn more about Savannah's portraiture collections here

If you're interested in booking a session with SSP, we have a special offer for you: Book a Petite or Complete Session with Savannah by the end of October and you will receive $30 off the package price. To claim your discount, just email with the subject line "Stevie".

The details: This offer is valid on both Petite and Complete session collections. Session must be scheduled (retainer paid and contract signed) before 10/31/16 to receive the offer. Sessions must take place before 03/31/17. Offer is not valid on wedding or event coverage. Sessions are for children of all ages, families of all sizes, couples of all ages and more. There is no restriction on session location to receive the offer but all normal travel fees still apply. 

Coffee Date No. 1

I try my best to make each blog post I write as helpful and informative as I can. But sometimes, I feel like sharing little things about my life outside of design that aren't enough to necessarily write a whole blog post about. Enter this new series. Today's post is a little random, but it's meant to cover topics we might chat about over a cup of coffee. I can't take credit for this idea, as there are a ton of other bloggers with some sort of Coffee Chat or "If We Were Having Coffee" series. But I've decided to give it a try, so here goes!

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1. I've decided my dream car is a 1971 Chevy C10 Fleetside Pickup Truck. 

With a two tone black and white paint job and my business logo plastered on the driver side door. This daydream came to be when I spotted a similar truck for sale while driving south on Route 74 towards my family's farm. I was planning to stop and take a look the next time I drove by, but alas, it was sold before I got the chance. Not that I have any business buying a hobby car right now, even if I could say it's for advertising purposes... After some creative googling, I think I figured out the make, model and approximate year. Anthony says maybe in 3 years we can look for one, so I'm just putting it out there in the universe now so my dream car can find me when the time comes!

Like this one, only I would want the roof of the cab to be black too pleaseandthankyou! (Source)


2. I participated in my first flea market as a vendor this month!

You guys know I'm a very enthusiastic vintage shopper and collector. In order to sustain my thrifting hobby and also stockpile extra home decor items for client projects, I decided to launch my own vintage pop up shop, called Thrifted. (Old news if you follow me on Instagram!) On August 5th, I set up shop at the York Flea. I was a little nervous about having enough inventory to fill my own booth, so I split one with Jordyn Russell of Worry Less Craft More. Check out her Etsy shop, here! Jordyn and I met serendipitously at a mutual friend's bridal shower just a month or so before. We were both first time vendors, and it was so nice being able to bounce ideas of each other and prep for the flea market together! It was a big learning experience for both of us, and we are both planning to try flea market/craft show vending again soon! In the meantime, I'm planning a Flash Sale on my Facebook page with my leftover inventory in September. Be sure to "like" my page if you want to access to Flash Sale updates!

My booth at York Flea!


3. I'm a bridesmaid in two weddings next year!

I loved being a bridesmaid in my sister, Stormi's wedding seven years ago so I'm really excited to resume bridal party duties, and for two of my dearest friends at that! My college friend Rachel is marrying her fiance Matt in January and our high school friends Morgan & Jesse are getting married in May. Rachel's wedding is a wintery, mountaintop theme with vintage touches and Morgan's is a springtime, succulent theme at a beautiful countryside venue. So excited about their color scheme picks. Rachel has chosen emerald green, copper, gold, black and white and Morgan is doing different shades of dusty blue, green and purple. These are the dresses I get to wear! Gorgeous, right?

Rachel's pick | Morgan's Pick


4. I have two fun trips planned for September!

Anthony and I will be visiting another high school friend, Josh and his new wife Megan (who I love!) in northern Virginia for Labor Day. We last saw them the weekend of July 4th at another mutual friend's wedding, so this is the second patriotic holiday in a row we'll be spending with them. I'm super excited because Chloe is going with us, so this will be our first road trip as a family of 3! For those of you who don't know, Chloe is our boxer and yes, I am one of those people who treats their dog like a human child. 

Our furthest road trip to date: the time I hitched a ride to Lancaster with these two.

The second trip I have planned is to the Indie Craft Parade in Greenville, SC! My friend Jamie and I decided to go on a whim because she was itching for a road trip. Luckily, my friends Morgan & Jesse (yes, the ones who are getting married!) live not far from there, so we'll get to stay and visit with them for the weekend too. I can't wait! Are any of you guys planning to be at the Indie Craft Parade on Saturday, September 17th? If so, I'd love to meet up and say hello!

Photo from the Indie Craft Parade website


5. This is a big one... I co-founded The ArtWife Project!

The ArtWife Project is a collaborative community centered around supporting and connecting women in creative business. My good friend Jessica of Revolt Style Studio and I were on a coffee date this March when we realized we had been simultaneously yet independently dreaming up a way to serve and unite all of the awesome boss ladies we know. After a months of brainstorming, outlining and talking about this, we launched our members only Facebook group in July and the momentum since then has been incredible! We've grown to an active and engaged online community of over 150 women and we are hosting our first local meet up in York in 2 days! To learn more about The ArtWife Project and how you can become a member, click here! We're also on Instagram @artwifeproject

So that's what I've been up to! If you made it to the bottom of this post, you are probably either a friend, family member or just wonderfully loyal reader. In any case... 

Thanks for stopping by to chat with me!