Name of business:
Simply Encourage – Stephanie Ellison (owner)
When was your business established?
What wedding services do you offer?
Simply Encourage offers a number of useful services. Photo-Booth, Photo-Bus, Photography and Live Acoustic Music.
What inspired you to start your business?
In 2007 Danny (my husband) bought me my first REAL camera. In that very moment a realization that I could make something from this gift began. I began taking classes, going to workshops, and self teaching. I learned how I would want to capture memories and created my style. Five years later our business began in 2012 and has grown steadily over the years into a deep-rooted family business in our community! I LOVE seeing our clients and community come together and celebrate life events. I named our business Simply Encourage because our biggest goal is to encourage people to see value in their life and fun in their moments of celebration. This business venture started with a mom and her camera working to make her imprint on the world starting with her family. We are now a family owned business inspired by doing life together!
What makes your business unique?
Our cute Mint Green 1971 Photo-Bus is one of our unique features!
What is your business motto/slogan/mission?
“Making Memories out of Moments”
Do you have employees/staff/team?
We are a family owned business with a foundational team of 6 including two adults (Danny & Stephanie) and 4 amazing little chicks (Abby, Emma, Molly & Willow)! My husband is the Driving force of our cute 1971 VW Photo-Bus! He is a musician and has a natural fun-loving spirit. Although our girls are usually part of our set up team they all love helping us prepare for our events by shopping for props, thinking of creative themes and working community family friendly events. I also work with other professional photographers in our community who have their own businesses and together we team up to capture beautiful memories for our clients.
Three words to describe your business:
Exciting, Memorable and Interactive
What is your favorite season for your business and why?
In life we go through many seasons. Every single one of them are beautiful to me. I love this song by Nichole Nordeman called Every Season and believe it describes by view as well. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
(Nichole Nordeman – Every Season)
Every evening sky, an invitation
To trace the patterned stars
And early in July, a celebration
For freedom that is ours
And I notice you in children’s games
In those who watch them from the shade
Every drop of sun is full of fun and wonder
You are summer
And even when the trees have just surrendered
To the harvest time
Forfeiting their leaves in late September
And sending us inside
Still I notice you when change begins
And I am braced for colder winds
I will offer thanks for what has been and what’s to come
You are autumn
And everything in time and under Heaven
Finally falls asleep
Wrapped in blankets white, all creation
And still I notice you when branches crack
And in my breath on frosted glass
Even now in death, you open doors for life to enter
You are winter
And everything that’s new has bravely surfaced
Teaching us to breathe
And what was frozen through is newly purposed
Turning all things green
So it is with you and how you make me new
With every season’s change
And so it will be as you are re-creating me
Summer, autumn, winter, spring
What else do we need to know about your business?
I love working with other amazing vendors and this includes photographers. We offer photography and we love our job but choosing us as your photographer is not a requirement to book one of our fun and memory making Photo-Booths. If you have your favorite photographer in mind we want to partner with them in bringing you some AMAZING memories and we promise to have FUN doing just that!
Do you cry at weddings?
Yes! EVERY TIME! I believe LOVE brings us all together! A wedding is a day of promise and commitment before family, friends, and loved ones! It is a reminder of beauty and grace. The binding of two hearts as one is such a significant moment in one’s life and I am always reminded of the commitment I made to my husband EVERY time I capture and/or attend a wedding!
What is your absolute favorite part of wedding celebrations?
I love seeing people give their own vows. I did not have a dad growing up so there is something so special about the father daughter dance to me. I also LOVE the first dance between the bride and groom because the couples shine with such joy as they dance together as husband and wife.
Do you prefer your cake naked or dressed?
Naked is such a beautiful cake!!! I experienced my first naked cake in 2015 and it was amazing both in sight and it tasted wonderful!!!
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Committed. Mother of 4 girls. Wife of a musician. Christian. Patriotic. Humanitarian. Silly. Compassionate towards people. Friend. Quirky. Community child advocate. NILMIDS affiliate photographer. Strong. Resilient. Loving and Understanding.