Jerry and I have been brainstorming and praying over this name change since we got engaged (ok, since we started dating!) and it’s so amazing to finally see it come to fruition!
We knew that at some point my last name would no longer be ‘Stallings’ and would become Mimlitsch. And we also knew that no one was going to be able to remember, or much less spell “Mimlitsch” to find our work. So changing the business name to something that incorporated “Mimlitsch” was out of the question.
So what else could we changed it to?
Happily, Jerry and I have been photographing weddings together for almost 2 years and we both agree that there is no going back. Now that we have been spoiled by experiencing the joys of weddings together, and relying on each other, and reading each other’s expressions to know what we need without even using words is SO much fun. Photographing weddings doesn’t feel like work for us! We treat each wedding day as a new adventure and a fun way to share quality time together and to take on new challenges as a team.
I’ll be honest in saying that I’d rather hang up the business all together if it came to a point in our lives that we couldn’t shoot together.
So when we began thinking of a new business name, it was a no brainer to me that I wanted to include him in it because from here on out this business won’t be running without him.
The first thing that came to mind was “Melissa & Jerry Wedding Photography”… but secretly, ever since I started my business in 2009 I’ve been regretting going with my formal name “Melissa”. I reckon I was doing my best to be all grown up and professional and proper and I thought “Melissa” would say that better than the name that everyone close to me has called me since birth… Missy.
My parents actually tell me that my dad wanted to name me Melissa only to be able to call me “Missy”. So Missy is what I’ve been called my whole life by my family and closest friends! I have always wished, deep down, that I had built a brand on the name that fits most comfortably with me, Missy, rather than Melissa.
So this was my chance to do it! I had to change the name of the business anyway, I may as well go all out and make it what I want it…
Missy & Jerry Wedding Photography!
So we went to go purchase Missyandjerry.com and guess what… it wasn’t available. What we were going to do!? We started researching other ideas for a domain name that included our names and settled on the oh so sweet – www.missylovesjerry.com
It says so clearly what we are about! Each other and how much I love having my husband Jerry on my team! We loved it so much that we decided that was it… our new name was going to be Missy loves Jerry Wedding Photography… and we added the “for joyful couples” to even further describe what we love to photograph – the joy between two people in love.
(Our drool worthy logo was hand drawn by the fabulous Oh my Deer Handmades!)
Our motto for our lives and our business comes from a verse in Thessalonians that simply states “Always be Joyful” (1 Thes. 5:16). We remember this verse and apply it to our lives when things get tough. We do our best to remember that God is the creator of joy and happiness, and love, and his wish for us is to be joyful too, always.
We want to spread that joy to everyone we encounter and document that joy between two people so that when times get tough in their lives they can look back and remember the joy they have for each other :)
So there it is! Our new business name!! We are beyond thrilled to be announcing this change in our lives and we are SO excited that we want to share the love with a special couple!
To celebrate, we want to give away a couple’s photo session to two people that are joyfully in love with each other and who want that happiness documented. We photograph cuddly, happy, flirty, lovey people and if that describes your love, then enter to win!
To enter, we ask that you:
1. Like our page with our New Name!
2. Share our facebook page on yours
3. Leave a comment on our facebook announcement post with your name and the name of the one you love, and be sure to tell us in the comment that you liked and shared our page! We will make a drawing on Sunday!
4. If you want to be doubly entered, go like our Instagram @missylovesjerry, Repost our announcement post there with the Repost App and leave a comment on our announcement with your name!
Please note that the session will be held in Perquimans, Pasquotank or Chowan counties.. or within 30 miles from Hertford NC :-)
Thank you so much for your patience as we worked on making this change and thank you SO much for all the love and support you’ve given me, Melissa Stallings Photography over the years! We are honored to be able to continue this work as a husband and wife team!
Our beautiful Wedding Photo was taken by our dear friend Christina Forbes Photography! – xoxox