Senior year, and our last year of Sigma Kappa, had begun. Every senior cried on our last night of recruitment ever and each of us denied it (accept Becca..)
I constantly read articles about women who refuse to explore Greek life or have quit because they've seen too much horror in the chapter they used to belong to. I can't speak for every other sorority out there but mine is more than I could have ever hoped for.
I signed up for recruitment the first day of freshman year because, after visiting my university as a senior in high school, I had met some incredible ladies from both the sorority I am in now and a few others. I knew that I wanted to get involved and college wasn't a scary place to me, I was ready to jump in completely and wasn't afraid to try anything and everything when it came to signing up for an event or a club. I regretted not being involved from the beginning in high school and I didn't wanna make the same mistake.
So I went through recruitment, hoping to become a member of Sigma Kappa - from meeting the girls the year before and throughout recruitment I knew it was the home for me - and I made it. I got a bid and I cried. Like a lot of us do. I watched and learned so much on bid day - met SO MANY people. And I actually laid low freshman year. I thought I would hold a position and have a little and go out to parties and do all that stuff you hear about but that didn't happen. A few things (like grades) held me back. Sororities have requirements. But I didn't get kicked out, I didn't get hazed, and I've never been put down for my mistakes. I was pushed to get better, and in a good way. Every single sister wanted me to succeed and each one was there for me in their own way to help me through.
I don't have it all, but nothing has pushed me more than my sorority. To be honest, I would have no motivation without my sorority. I am constantly reminded to succeed, and reminded that I have so much love. I got candy and snacks in my pile from my big, I've never heard a sister shame another for her body, her mistakes, or any choice she's ever made. I know that not every sister is my closest friend but I do know that the second I see a sister that she will have my back. I don't know each girls hometown or who their first kiss was or what their favorite food is but when I need someone to open the front door I have 5 girls running towards those brick steps to let me in.
It's incredible to me that so many women have had bad experiences with sororities and Greek life because with my experience, and how it didn't go the exact way I expected, it has still been the best experience of my life and wouldn't change it for the world.
I went Greek because I knew that the only way I would have a good experience is by choosing to - and I absolutely have. Greek life is what you make it and no matter if you hold a position, go out once a month, or have a hard time paying your dues, it's all about what you make it. To any young woman interested in going Greek, do it for yourself. Do it because you know that you can and will make it the experience you deserve and want. You'll get what you want from it by putting in the same amount.
I'll never regret taking those first steps up Sigma Kappa because this is truly the home that took me in and helped me push myself to be the best me I could possibly be.
Last week my sorority had a full day of sisterhood. It was Founders Day, where we get together with the other chapter here in Colorado and celebrated our founders and Sigma Kappas history, its such a fun day to remember why were all here. My roomie Catherine was happy to celebrate this day with her newly initiated littles, that she needed some family photos! But thank you Catherine, Haeli and Michaela for being my models for the afternoon and I'm so happy to have you all as my sisters!
I realized that fall is coming to an end and the snow is going to be a more common thing to wake up to, but it was so fun to get this perfect group of ladies in front of the camera and spend one of the last warm fall afternoons with them. I'm starting to dread the cold because its getting harder to snap great photos! But thank you Catherine, Haeli and Michaela for being my models for the afternoon and I'm so happy to have you all as my sisters! Sincerely, Jules
Sometimes you and some of your best friends are bored one afternoon and decide to drive around and take fun photos - we all do it don't lie. Brooke, Kenzie, and I all headed out to find some cute spots to take photos, after finding a secret spot with cute walls and fun photo spots I realized I forgot my sim card... so we drove home :( we couldn't just waste our afternoon so we headed down the road to downtown greeley - one of my favorite photo spots - and utilized the cute streets of our college town. With just a few minutes of sunlight left we quickly took some fun photos and I am so very glad that I got some practice with new models!
Thank you both for being so super sweet and spending the day with me!
The past few weeks this October have been incredibly crazy and filled with fun - it started after a week of sorority recruitment with days full of meeting new ladies and gaining some amazing new women into Sigma Kappa. Then two weeks were filled with events with a Fraternity for a philanthropy week and Homecoming week for UNC - days full of events, games, and friends. Along with my best friend Brooke we coached and choreographed a group of Sigma Kaps and Pi Kaps in a lip sync competition and placed third.. Im like a proud mother!
My great pal Davis made his multi-annual visit to Greeley with his fraternity brothers from Nebraska, luckily his visit landed on the last day of homecoming here at UNC where we were celebrating with his Fraternity brothers at our school! It was so great having Davis involved here in Greeley and I always love having him visit :-)
The Walk to End Alzheimers is an event my sorority participates in every fall as a chapter and it warms my heart to have my sisters by my side while we support all the lives lost and effected by Alzheimers - I love being able to have a moment to remember my grandfather and support the cause.
I spent a weekend with my mom and some of our friends in a cabin in Breckenridge. The perfect moment of relaxation with some wonderful people was exactly what I needed to ring in the fall season. Kenna - my fake adopted sister - and I surprised our moms and spent a cozy night in playing board games and catching up.
My days are filled with wonderful memories with Grayson, weekends full of football and selfies…
An exciting moment in history happened this week - I announced a page for my photography through my blog! My work now has its own home, I still plan to share blog posts about shoots but now friends and family have somewhere to look for my work and more information on shoots and how to contact me! It was a scary and exciting step forward for me - Im so happy for the future and so thankful for the support I've had!
Saint Motel - we weren’t even the front of the line but we definitely got front row - Catherine isn't used to shows like Saint Motel so I was so happy to be able to expose her to the amazing world of music I love. She even caught the set list and gave it to me I honestly couldn't have been more proud.
I am so very grateful for everyone and everything in my life - I have days full of friends and laughter and i honestly couldn't ask for anything more.
Sorority recruitment is an entirely different world from the other side of the chapter door. I have been through recruitment once as a scared freshmen and once as a more scared sophomore. This year felt different, I am a junior. I am confident and prepared to find some great women to continue on my amazing chapter. Then the day came. House tours. I was supposed to stand in line and walk out the big white Sigma Kappa doors and chant to welcome our visitors and I panicked. WHAT WAS OUR CHANT. WHAT ARE THE WORDS WHERE AM I SUPPOSED TO STAND. I was lost. The door knocked and it was time to go out. It was a blur. Ladies walked in, toured our house, I spoke to 4-5 women and answered questions and showed them all what Sigma Kappa is. Do I remember it... Nope. Complete blur. I think the anxiety got to me. I wasn't so scared last year, well leading up to it I was but recruitment was so fun and a great experience with my sisters. This year I understood the meaning of recruiting great ladies. I'm more than halfway done, a junior, the new members invited to join our sisterhood are going to be continuing my legacy and it was my job to find those women. If you're going through recruitment from outside the chapter I'll tell you one thing - we are more nervous than anything and we want you to like us as much as we like you. It's all a mutual relationship and it means the world to us that you spend your days meeting us and choosing us every night to come back and see us tomorrow. It's scary but oh so worth it. The ladies we invited into our chapter this year are beyond perfect and ready to live on the Sigma Kappa legacy.
I know I don't say much about my sorority. But it means the world to me. It is the thing that fills my days nights weekends and everything in between. My sisters are constantly by my side no matter what I have going on. Without my chapter I wouldn't have the sisters, friends and life partners I have. It's a lifetime of sister hood that I'm am grateful for every single day. Thx for letting me open up about my beautiful chapter
I got to take pictures of my beautiful sisters through out the days of house tours, chapter emphasis and preference tea. They're beautiful ugh I love them all so much
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