2018 was an amazing year for me – both personally and professionally. After a very challenging 2017, my divorce was finalized in April of this year and I was finally done with that chapter of my life. I danced out of that courtroom… literally. I spent most of the year in a long-term relationship with someone I absolutely adored and, although it ended recently, I learned a lot about myself and what I want for my future in that relationship. Apparently it wasn’t meant to last, but in the process I found myself and my voice this year and, for that, I’m grateful.
2018 was definitely one of my slowest years ever with 34 weddings and 7 elopements total – but that is a-okay with me! Taking on less weddings in 2018 meant that I had more time and energy to give to my clients, as well as my family + friends. I can honestly say that I think I am FINALLY figuring out this work-life balance thing!! Good riddance to the days when I was going 50+ weddings a year. That was just crazy.
On that note, I have to say thank you to my incredible team because, let’s be honest – I couldn’t do this alone. Sloan + Kelly… my main squad and dream team… I’m so so lucky to have you guys on my team!! You guys keep me sane, help with my crazy workload, give me peace of mind, and serve my clients so well. Thank you hardly seems adequate, but please know that I am so appreciative of everything you do for me – you guys really helped me SO MUCH this year. You have no idea. Lindsay, Janie and Leanza… thank you all for assisting me this year, as well. Having an assistant there with us on the wedding day is a HUGE help and you guys have stepped in whenever I really needed someone!! To everyone else who second shot with me this year – Emily, Alyona, Molly, Laura, Megan, Anna – THANK YOU for stepping up and helping me on days when I needed strong, reliable second shooters. You all are so very talented and I can’t thank you enough for shooting beside me!
A big thank you goes out to my AMAZING editor Emily Moore. I am SO GRATEFUL that I found you… you’ve been invaluable to me over the past few years and I can’t say thank you enough!! You’ve given me my life back and I don’t know what I’d do without you. To my amazing new website designer/guru, Rachael Earl – THANK YOU for all of your help this year. I’m so glad I found you and I’m looking forward to working together for years to come!! As always, lots of gratitude goes out to Wanda + Kristin, my fabulous bookkeepers; Elmo, my accountant; Rebecca, my amazing contract lawyer; and the ladies at Align Album Design. Without their help, seriously… I’d be lost. This is a team effort here and these people are such a big part of Dana Cubbage Weddings.
This year, I traveled more for weddings and I couldn’t be happier about that. In 2018, I traveled to Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, Savannah GA, Charlotte NC, Cape May NJ, and Southampton, NY! I also went to NYC for one of my all-time favorite engagement sessions EVER!!! Traveling so much made the year extremely fun and I hope to travel more and more in the future! I LOVE destination weddings!!
Notable milestones + highlights from this year include shooting my 249th wedding… I’m almost to 250 in only 6 years of business, so that’s pretty remarkable!! I had my first online feature on Brides this year, which is super exciting, and I won The Knot’s Best of Weddings award for the 6th year in a row. This is always such an amazing honor because it’s based on my clients reviews… and serving them well is the most important part of my business.
In 2018, I saw my work featured in print in Charleston Weddings Magazine, Destination I Do Magazine, The Carolinas Magazine (due out this week), Southern Bride, and The Knot: Carolinas Magazine. I was also featured online on Brides, Carats + Cake, The Knot, The Wedding Row, Style Me Pretty, Rustic Wedding Chic, The Wedding Community, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Coastal Bride.
But every single year, it always comes back to my amazing couples… the ones who allow me to live this dream and trust me to document their wedding day. I honestly can’t thank my #dcwbrides and #dcwgrooms enough. Thank you thank you thank you for being so incredibly fabulous. I love each and every one of you so very much!!! Here’s a look at all of my fabulous couples from 2018…
Thayer + Josh // January 13, 2018 // Lowndes Grove
Maureen + Richard // January 20, 2018 // Cannon Green
Lauren + Andrew // February 20, 2018 // Gadsden House
Kristin + Rob // March 16, 2018 // Boone Hall Plantation
Nina + Brett // March 17, 2018 // Middleton Place
Lindsey + Andrew // March 23, 2018 // Gadsden House
Erin + Eric // March 25, 2018 // Sea Pines Resort
Kate + Chris // March 31, 2018 // The Beaufort Inn
Holly + Jess // April 7, 2018 // Rice Mill
Caitlin + Joseph // April 13, 2018 // William Aiken House
Olga + Steven // April 25, 2018 // Magnolia Plantation
Mason + Alex // April 28, 2018 // Boone Hall Plantation
Erin + Steve // May 12, 2018 // The Ocean Course at Kiawah
Caroline + Zach // May 13, 2018 // Boone Hall Plantation
Courtney + TJ // May 18, 2018 // Boone Hall Plantation
Olivia + Sam // May 27, 2018 // Magnolia Plantation
Dana + Paul // June 2, 2018 // Stone Harbor Golf Club
Stacy + Britt // June 9, 2018 // Gadsden House
Bethany + Noah // June 14, 2018 // Sea Pines Resor
Erin + Andrew // June 16, 2018 // Boone Hall Plantation
Katelin + Rene // June 21, 2018 // White Point Gardens
Lizzie + Chris // July 14, 2018 // Sea Pines Resort
Hillary + Bill // August 2, 2018 // Magnolia Plantation
Cara + Aaron // August 11, 2018 // Gadsden House
Whitney + Blake // August 18, 2018 // Lowndes Grove
Madison + Paul // August 25, 2018 // Cedar Room
Emily + Robby // August 26, 2018 // Cannon Green
Kristin + Jake // September 8, 2018 // Sebonack Golf Club
Logan + James // September 15, 2018 // Myers Park Country Club
Jacqueline + Matthew // September 21, 2018 // Boone Hall Plantation
Katie + Michael // September 22, 2018 // Charleston Harbor Resort
Kelsey + Nick // September 29, 2018 // Gadsden House
Caroline + Don // October 10, 2018 // Magnolia Plantation
Annie + Matt // October 13, 2018 // Boone Hall Plantation
Kelly + Jeff // October 20, 2018 // Gadsden House
Aly + Dan // November 3, 2018 // Hotel Bennett
Mindy + Matt // November 9, 2018 // Lowndes Grove
Lindsay + Adam // November 12, 2018 // Boone Hall Plantation
Kristine + Ryan // November 19, 2018 // Middleton Place
Lauren + Patrick // December 15, 2018 // Plantation Club at the Landings
Kristin + Jay // December 29, 2018 // Lowndes Grove
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