It’s hard to believe I took these photographs roughly 6 months ago. Six months. Crazy. I remember how much she did not want her photograph taken. How she only wanted to be held. Or fed. Or both. But NOT messed with. Not photographed. I can’t blame her, really. Her parents are pretty great. Although I don’t get to see her NEARLY as much as I’d like, I love you Kate. And your parents too.
I clearly remember December 31st 2013, as the clock struck over to the new year I thought to myself “This is the year I’m going to Africa”. That didn’t happen. So many other things did. Great things. Horrible things. Crazy joy. Deep sorrow.
It didn’t happen in 2014 like I’d planned but January 2015 was pretty close.
I really felt like it was something I HAD to do. It may sound silly but it was something I needed to get out of my system. I’d dreamed of it for such a long time. I’ve had the privilege of visiting many other counties and seeing so many amazingly cool things but not anywhere in Africa. A friend asked me the other day (joking, but at the same time a little serious) “So when are you moving to Uganda?”. If you know me, you’d most likely ask me the same question; expecting me to have a deep longing to live there, ready to pack up my life and move. I almost can’t believed I’m saying this but I’m really okay living in America. Like really. This is where I am meant to be. Weird right?
To be honest Uganda wasn’t what I expected. Kind of like that movie that everyone loves and talks about. You watch it with HUGE expectations and leave the cinema feeling a little disappointed. I’m not saying I didn’t love it, I did. It just wasn’t what I expected.
I’ve gone on a long journey of guilt (I always wanted to be a missionary, how did I end up in America?). To a really exciting one of gratitude. Like Uganda pushed a reset button in my life. Helped me remember some things I’d forgotten. Helped me see things with more clarity. I am incredibly grateful!
10 years to the day that I took (most of) these photographs I was standing on a beautiful beach in Australia. Not a cloud in the sky. Surrounded by people I love. Wearing an off white beaded lace dress promising to love a man for as long as I live. I love that we were able to serve in Uganda together.
As I sit here drinking an amazing cup of organic lavender camomile tea, trying to work out what I wanted to say about this GORGEOUS wedding…
I came across this quote: “Being in a long marriage is a little like that nice cup of coffee (or tea or hot chocolate) every morning – I might have it every day, but I still enjoy it.” – Stephen Gaines
Okay, so I added the tea and hot chocolate part but I find this so true. I enjoy and LOVE being married. I know Kaami and Michael feel this way and I’m confident they always will. Marriage is a gift, I pray you’ll always enjoy it!
Venue: Maplehurst Farm, Flowers: Enchanted Florist, Cake: Xtra Special Cakes, Dress: Zac Posen, Make up: Jilladair, Hair: Carolyn Nicholis, Robes: Etsy
The love that Scott and Kaari have for each other is a beautiful thing. I’m so glad I got to witness it.
Dress: David Tutera | Cake and food: Donna King Catering | Flowers: Laurie Laing, Jan MacIntyre and Emily Bartelheimer | Hair and make-up: Eastside Hair Salon | Shoes: Beholden Bridal | Reception: Cama Centre |
Ceremony : Camano State Park
This couple (two of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet) are getting married TOMORROW! It’s been an honor watching you both grow the past few years. Your love for God and love for others around you is a beautiful thing! I pray that God will bless you more than you could ever ask or imagine. And I pray that God will use you both in mighty ways. My family has so much love for you, we can’t wait until tomorrow (especially two really cute little flower girls)!
I first met Amber at a Sole Hope shoe cutting party (for more infomation about Sole Hope and the awesome work they are doing in Uganda, click -> here). She has since organized numerous parties of her own and raised a lot of money for Sole Hope. I’m so grateful for her friendship and for all the work she has done to help kids and families in Africa. Below are photographs of her, her new son, gorgeous girls and super talented husband (he is the reason their house looks so amazing).
A beautiful love story, a stunning couple, a gorgeous location, a perfect Thursday afternoon.
Location: Hotel Bellwether, Bellingham Yacht Club, Dress: Davids bridal, Flowers: Safeway, Cake: Let Them Eat Cake, Hair and Make up: Kaur Lounge (Hair by Sheridan burkhart and Make up by Christina Alessandra)