They met in undergrad in Spanish class and began to spend time together, knowing they were to go different directions after graduation. But this Love was destined. Without telling each other their plans they changed course and both went to Spain to teach, so beginning a love that was rooted in serving others, improving education and bettering the environment. This beautiful wedding is featured on the blog tonight. #linkinbio Samantha and Austin, you are two of the most genuine people we have met and we are so honored to have shared in a small part of your story.
Some of my favorite moments from last night’s wedding came from watching these two delight in each other, unaware of the bustle of activity surrounding them. Arms clasped around each other, faces nestled against the other’s, and a contented smile on their lips. As a matter of fact, there is a street musician raucously singing “Bring Me Another Tequila Sheila” about 3 feet from them at this moment and you’d never know it. This quite love, the kind that drowns out all the noise, and lets love’s silences fill in it’s space, this...this is my favorite.
See that girl in the photo? She’s had a secret passion for years. Words have mattered to me for as long as I can remember. My writings started almost as soon as I could hold a pencil. I’d illustrate my pages, binding my stories with a hole punch and ribbon, and placing my books on the shelf next to my parent’s collection of literature, quite certain that this was the manuscript that would get me discovered. 6 months ago I joined @marymarantz and @justinmarantz business course which sparked a deep desire to tell a better story, to say something with this platform I have the privilege of sharing on. This week, I listened to the words of some very wise creative entrepreneurs, and in the spirit of #dohardthings that came out of the #showitunited2017 conference, and the encouraging words of @katelynjames to pursue what you are passionate about, I am adding copy writing to my business.. I love words, and it is time to use them to serve others. #fridayintroductions 📸:@fletcherandco
The love these two share is rooted in serving others and making the world a better place. They are so versed in loving others that loving each other is second nature to them. Last night was a perfect reflection of their relationship and their impact on those around them. It couldn’t have been more beautiful. Congratulations @samantha__selby & @delasantacruz We love you both! Dress: @jbridalboutique Flowers: @atelierdelafleur Venue: @tanqueverderanch Make Up: @blinkbeautytucson with @katcouturemua
Today is Samantha and Austin’s wedding day! We just love this couple and their amazing hearts for serving others and bettering our planet. We can’t wait to see them say “I do” and celebrate the love they share!! Happy Wedding day you two!
Friendship is such a precious gift. Just like any relationship, it needs to nourished with time, conversation, selflessness and encouragement. One of the characteristics we have noticed about our couples, but especially our brides, is how they are always supported by lifelong friends. Every speech given speaks to a moment when our bride stood along side their friend and held them up when they needed it most. It goes without saying, we get to serve some of the most beautiful brides. Seeing their beauty through the eyes of their friends makes them all the more special.
Two days left to get caught up on editing, three days left to pack and 4 days until we leave for our favorite photography conference #showitunited!! I can’t wait to hug my friends, soak up some of the best education there is and fill up my soul with creative encouragement. Shout out to @terribaskin for hosting this shoot last year. My game stepped up with her encouragement and leadership. Can’t wait to see you friend!
Driving over Tobin Bridge, the energy of Boston starts to pull at me. I can feel a familiar buzz radiating through my core. A vibration like a bow pulling against the strings of a cello. It feels like I am part of a symphony, the rhythm of the cars and the flow of people moving in sync, each with their own part to play, the timpani of the trains passing, adding their rumbling beat to the music of the city. I can hear it’s unique melody, quickening throughout the day, then ebbing to a soft rustle of quiet traffic. The canvas of old columned buildings, with ancient steps and polished brass handles standing proud against modern conveniences adding dignity to the production. It is a complicated composition, unlike the desert where I live, who’s music feels thin like ringing bells, a shimmering melody that fades like a mirage. The sage brush and cactus, a prickly stage that feels wild and stifling all at once. So now I sit, prayerful; thoughtful. These two melodies running through my mind, one that makes me feel alive, heart thumping in time with the beat of the city and one that makes me ache with its sparse beauty. I pray that I am content in this life that I live, for God has me in a desert, that while literal, is also figurative. Praying Isiah 43:19, and looking for those new things, those springs in the desert and those bustling roads filled with life in the badlands. “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry desert.”
Fog rolling in off the coast made for the perfect end to our special day. I leave New England even more in love with @jonrussell_photographer than when we arrived. What a precious time to recharge and connect, away from the stress of day to day life. 12 years of marriage seems like a funny milestone to dedicate to an anniversary session, but in a world where time is fleeting, I want to hold onto this time with Jon. I want to remember what it feels like to be pulled close, have his lips brush my forehead, the warmth of his hands laced in mine. I wanted our love captured by the only photographers I’ve seen that know how to make all else fade away until all you see is how two people feel about each other. @marymarantz & @justinmarantz thank you for everything. My heart is so full.