DeRosa Wedding

Sacramento, California

Dan & Lisa were married last March at Lake Natoma Inn just outside of Sacramento. This was a fun and unique wedding as my husband Trevor was also able to be the officiant! We have truly enjoyed being able to do weddings together. Thank you for having us be a part of your big day Dan and Lisa!

Lisa’s Reflection on her wedding day:

The moment came just about as quickly as it left. Bouquets neatly tied with ribbons, guest programs set on the tables, and the bridal party standing in line, it hit me: I am the bride at this wedding. Though I have celebrated with many couples on their special day of matrimony, this day was different; it was my wedding! I walked down the pathway and across the dance floor with my dad who gave me away to the man I love standing before Trevor (our pastor) and our guests. With my bridesmaids and Daniel’s groomsmen standing beside us, we felt the love and support of each person in the room. My girls had been with me since Friday afternoon encouraging me, praying with me, and just enjoying the time together. Daniel and I held hands as Trevor spoke about the marriage model reflecting that of Christ and his church. While paying close attention, I couldn’t help but catch myself thinking “This is the ceremony that we planned. These are the family and friends that we invited. It all came together! Thank you God! Okay, now I need to read my vows without getting too choked up…” I knew that once I started to read them out loud, it would be difficult to keep it together. I cried while writing them so at least I am consistent haha.

I do believe that all the emotions of the day just overflowed when I stepped onto the dance floor with my dad and the song Butterfly Kisses came through the speakers. I know lots of girls dream of their wedding day for many different reasons; for me, I have had this dance with my papa picked out for a long time. He has played this song for me on several different occasions but one time in particular meant so much to me. I had been having a bad week health wise in high school so when Dad came home from work one day, he brought me a teddy bear with a butterfly on its nose that played Butterfly Kisses with the push of its paw. Just a small gesture, but I can’t begin to articulate how much it meant. I felt like we were the only ones in the entire room while we danced. That was truly a moment that I will never forget.

After all anticipation, stress of getting it all done, and how completely exhausted I was, not gonna lie, I am honestly surprised how much I really enjoyed the celebration! But this would not have been possible without the incredible help of our loved ones. I have a hard time finding the words to really express my appreciation and gratefulness for an awesome power couple that both played huge roles in our special day. But I will try because they deserve so much more than just a thank you. Trevor, what a blessing to have you officiate our wedding. We felt so loved and known as you helped us through the planning process. To share the truth of the gospel and the love of Christ for His church with our loved ones fulfilled a desire that both Daniel and I hoped for our wedding. Hilary, we absolutely loved having you as our photographer. You are so talented and seriously have the best eye for lighting, color contrast, and special wedding pictures that I would never have thought of but love! Thank you for capturing the cherished moments of the day!

Cider Tasting

Port Townsend, WA

Last weekend I went with some of my friends to go cider tasting! Port Townsend is one of my favorite little towns in the Olympic Peninsula and is an easy day trip from the Seattle area. We visited three craft cider makers with tasting rooms unique to the owners. All of them nestled up in the mountains and trees and rested on farms.  Finn River was my favorite with their various flavorful ciders. I’m also a sucker for anything lavender, so their lavender brew was an immediate winner. If you’re a gluten free junkie or just a cider connoisseur, you will definitely have to take a little weekend trip to visit. We also ventured to delightful farmers markets, adorable little shops in rustic buildings and enjoyed delicious food from restaurants over looking the water as you watch the ferries and boats cruise the water. Try and make a summer adventure out to this little town!
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Beauty of a Dream

“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” -Roman Payne

 

My husband and I are taking this next year to start working toward our dreams. Things that we believe we were created for, things we are passionate about and things that constantly dance in our imaginations. Yet, these dreams don’t come easy. We have learned more of the depths of sacrifice and that you really do have to give it everything to achieve them mixed in with a ton of faith. We will be jumping into a lot of nail biting opportunities soon and it is a wild ride. I am so excited and also tempted with a bit of human fear, but I wouldn’t want to be in any other place. We trust Jesus in this. A journey He is directing us.

Are there any hidden dreams in your life waiting to come to life? Share it here because sometimes the first step is just naming it.beauty_israel_church

Yamadera

Yamagata City, Japan

Yamadera, literally means “mountain temple” in Japanese. It  is an impressive scenic sight extended high up into a mountainside with steps that carve into the hills with scattered temples throughout the journey UP. We climbed over 1,000 steep steps until we reached the very top! There are great views down onto the valley that make the climb worth it though, plus the unique architecture. We went in October, so the foliage was spectacular. The distant mountains bursting with red, pink, brown, yellow and evergreen just took my breath away.

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