We’re ending the week on an awesome note. Today’s post is not so much a sponsored post as it is a success story, and a thank you letter to Team Practical. Most of you know Maddie from one of a million things: the original Lazy Girl Wedding, her ridiculous proposal story, her crazy family rainbow, or most simply as one half of Hart & Sol Photo in New York City and New England (the excellent Monica is the other half). After launching their business with APW earlier this year, you guys booked them for your weddings (and booked them and booked them and booked them). This is their thank you love song to you. It’s the story of what they did with your trust. And it includes free wedding photography for someone. So trust me, you’ll want to read on. And now, Maddie herself:
A little over seven months into our APW sponsorship, we are feeling incredibly grateful for this awesome community of intelligent ladies and gentlemen and frankly we don’t know where we’d be without them. When we last wrote to you we poured our hearts out about why we wanted to do what we do and why we thought the APW community would be the best fit for us. Truthfully, it was kind of a Hail Mary. Monica and I were still trying to find our place in the sun, and the APW community had already been so receptive of me, so I begged and pleaded with my husband Michael to let us put the APW sponsorship on our credit card with the hope that if we booked just one APW wedding, we could pay it back.
And you guys delivered. When we had a teeny tiny portfolio and a big dream, APW couples came out from all geographies to support our vision. So much so that this year 2/3rds of our weddings are with APW couples. Two mothereffing thirds! I can’t express how that makes us feel.
And it’s not just that you guys keep us in business (uh, what? Did I say that?). The difference between APW clients and non-APW clients is that you guys really let us in. You know what I mean? There’s no veil here. For one, I’ve seen more APW boobs that I know what to do with. But more importantly, APW clients let us in on the wedding magic. We get to be there for the intimate moments when you sneak off to a corner to exchange gifts, or after your ceremony when you’re giddy and scarfing down hors d’ouvres while sipping champagne. Even when you’ve kicked out the rest of the family and guests, you let us stay. You make us part of the family and that closeness allows us to get photographs that are beyond words.
So to thank the community, we want to do two things. The first is we’d like to renew our promise to treat your wedding like it is the mother effing boss. If your wedding includes an hour long hike through Central Park, we’ll be there with our walking shoes on. If your wedding party involves your herd of cattle, we’ll tweet about it for days because that’s really freaking cool. We’re on your side, whatever side that is. We love weddings of all shapes and sizes and celebrate relationships of any kind. As long as the love is there, count us in.
The second thing we’d like to do is a real thank you to the APW community. Since you came out to support us when we were just getting off the ground, and since we truly believe in mutual appreciation, we are giving away a free wedding package to one lucky APW couple who books our services sometime in the next two months.
Any APW clients who book us before October 4th (2011 and 2012 weddings welcome) will have the chance to win their wedding coverage for free. No gimmicks. No strings attached. Only for the APW community. You don’t have to tell us some impressive story about why you deserve it (I always hated those. I was in love, wasn’t that enough?). Names will go in a hat and winners will be announced on our blog on October 5th.
And really? Thank you guys.
So with that, all you New York City adjacent readers, and all you New Englanders, go check out Hart & Sol’s shiny new website (re-launched for you today!) and look at their pictures. I’m so overwhelmed and awed by how their portfolio has grown and changed in the last seven months, I don’t have words for it. Ok, I do: quirky, femme, artistic, and all with a sense of humor (what’s up, accordion player?).