new dear adventures

So I told y’all I had exciting news….and big and exciting it is!  As most of y’all know, I travel a lot for shoots and weddings. This past year I’ve spent a lot of time shooting in Nashville and have been reminded how much I miss the state where my homegrown roots were first planted {originally from Memphis}!! This year has been an incredible year of blessings beyond what I ever knew was imaginable, as well as lots of changes, new adventures, personal growth, and possibilities! Recently doors have been opened and in October, I’ll be Nashville bound!! Far from honky tonk…but this music lovin, boot wearin’, sweet tea sippin’ southern girl is getting back to her Tennessee roots with an overly happy and hopeful heart!

Almost ten years ago, I was originally Nashville bound, but decided to take a short detour that brought me to Florida. Little did I know my short detour would end up being a decade! Now that doors and new opportunities have opened, it’s time! With Nashville soon to be my day to day stomping ground and where my clothes are tucked in dresser drawers…you’ll still always find my bags packed and shooting along the emerald beaches of 30A or wherever weddings take me {with cheap, direct Southwest flights…I’m going to be flying in A-lister style in no time}!

This year I’ve learned how essential balance and making time for what’s important truly is…accompanied with a desire to live a wholehearted life. Chasing after a wholehearted life in hopes of balancing life and business…all with no burnouts…is no task for the weary and faint at heart! Dreaming of such things will only carry you so far…soon, change and action is required. So change, action and doing it is!! Emily, who has been shooting with me for the last 2 years, will be holding down the fort here in Florida….so now Dear Wesleyann is based not just in Florida, but also Tennessee! Emily is now taking over the portrait side of the business here in Florida {family, newborn, maternity, etc}. With shooting nonstop over the last 2.5 years, as much of a blessing it’s all been, being so busy has kept me from fully being able to devote my heart and time to where my passion truly is…weddings, creative shoots, and most importantly, the littlest and dearest ones in my life. Moving to Nashville not only puts me close to my family, my closest friends, opens up new opportunities, allows for easier travel {if you’ve traveled to the Panhandle, you know I’m not even joking}, but it’s also allowing me to devote more time to those little loves and to life.

The Florida Panhandle and dear friendships made here will always hold my heart and be a piece of home, but I’m excited for new adventures in Nashville! And I’m not going to lie….I look forward to being back often {as in…almost every weekend…often} and truly appreciating and falling in love with the white sand, green waters, and sunshine…because when you live here…time is rarely made to enjoy those things and easily taken for granted.

It’s far too early in the day, or any day for that matter, to raise a glass of Tennessee Moonshine…but here’s to an exciting new journey!


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  • Molly Liles Kennedy - Yay! Welcome back! ReplyCancel

  • Sara Bosserman Yates - FANTASTIC NEWS!!! So excited for you!

  • Kelly McWilliams - Congrats! Warmest wishes for the purest happiness for you there!ReplyCancel

  • Gail Williams Steed - Wishing you and your family the very best !!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel