. . .friends. . . and love. . .


do you ever wonder what it is all about?

what life is all about?

do you ever wonder?

sometimes i wonder. . . .

sometimes i get lost in the craziness of life and i lose sight of what matters . . . what life is about . . .


i remember when i found out i was pregnant with isaiah – i was eighteen years old.  it was the night of my high school graduation.  i was in a Denny’s bathroom.  not an ideal situation to say the least.

i didn’t have a clue.

the only person that existed in my mind was me . . . well, me and stefan.  but really, i think, if i am truly honest . . . life was just about me.

i think that there are times when i still have a tendency to live life like that . . . but when i held my sweet baby in my arms for the fist time, God spoke to me that, in fact, i was not alone . . . that life wasn’t just about me.

this was the beginning of a journey.

a journey of life in which God would continue to remind me that there was more to life than just living . . . that there was more to life than just me.

it wasn’t too much later when i was introduced to a way of life that was lived with others.

a way of life that was lived in community.

there was once a man – a long time ago – that lived His life for others . . He came to teach that there was more to life than just ourselves.

He came to teach us about community. . . about friendship . . . about love. . . about life and how to live it to its fullest.

this journey that i started on, i didn’t walk through alone.  that was the great thing i was learning.  i met other people who wanted to live life like this too.  they wanted to live life together – learning to love one another . . .through anything.



This past weekend, I was so blessed to be able to spend some time with some of these dear friends from so long ago.  We are all in different states, stages of life, jobs, etc.  We are all walking different paths now, but one thing hasn’t changed.  Our commitment to living life in community.  Something happened to us a long time ago.  Our hearts were knit together in a way that can never be separated.  We talked and laughed . . . it was as if a day hadn’t passed.  We were bound together by Love . . .


Out of this group . . . two young women whom I love dearly have decided to spend the rest of their lives in this Love with their spouse.  You may remember Aaron and Jennifer.  This weekend they were married, and what a celebration it was!  With old and new friends, we were so honored to be a part of this amazing day.  We will share more pictures from their wedding in the upcoming days.  Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Brown!



Another dear friend of mine is also excitedly planning for her upcoming wedding, and I have the great privilege to help share their love story as well.  Emily was a bridesmaid in Jennifer’s wedding, and because it was Halloween weekend, the rehearsal was a costume party as well.  Meet Doug (aka Sherlock Holmes) and Emily (aka Corpse Bridesmaid).



Always when you are meeting a friends “significant other” for the first time, you are a bit curious . . . curious of this new person, of how they could possibly love and take care of this friend of yours . . .

This is of course how I was when I first met Doug.

Emily had spoke such amazing things about his boy she had met, and I was so curious and excited to meet him as well.

When I first met Doug, it was as if like meeting an old friend.  Stefan and I sat across the table from he and Emily, and the thing that stood out to me the most was how comfortable they were with one another.  Less than a year has gone by since our first introduction and now they are planning a wedding!  It is really amazing.

When you are finished, be sure to check out a slideshow of all their engagement pictures!

Congratulations to my friends Doug and Emily . . . to be wed in 2012!


  1. Brittany Hooten

    November 3rd, 2011 at 10:32 am

    So in the group picture from a long time ago one of my high school english teachers is in it… did not know he came to western.

  2. Patchwork Photography

    November 3rd, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    who is it????

  3. Jessi

    November 6th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful!

  4. Mom

    November 7th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Sure do love the pictures you did of Emily’s engagement!!

  5. Gail

    November 7th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I love every one of your photographs! Beautifully you. Congratulations!

  6. Kaci

    November 9th, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I can hardly believe you’re engaged Em, but from what I’ve met of Doug, you guys are perfect for each other! Wishing you two a lifetime of happiness and can’t wait to cheer you on during your big day next year!

  7. Lindsey

    November 9th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Emboweena, you look so beautiful! These pics are amazing, I can’t wait for the wedding!

  8. Mallory

    November 9th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    i can’t decide which is my favorite. ya’ll do an amazing job with ever couple you work with! yay emily and doug! love you!

  9. Sam

    November 9th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    These photos are amazing. And the couple looks so in love!

  10. Jennifer

    November 9th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    So gorgeous… Sigh…
    What a beautiful love.
    I can hardly wait for the glorious wedding day!!! 🙂

  11. Kelsiann

    November 9th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Ahh….I like these people, and where did that old picture of XA people come from? Love these pics!

  12. Haley Hackworth

    November 9th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I love the pictures of Emily and Doug, I think patchwork did a great job of depicting Emily’s fun eclectic personality and the chemistry that her and Doug have!

  13. Molly McLaughlin

    November 9th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    These are just so great! Christina, I love your style and creativity. It’s so unique and you always do such a nice job capturing the personalities of your subjects.

  14. Desiree

    November 9th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I love every single one. They are two amazing couple and you captured that wonderfully!! 🙂 🙂

  15. Shanna Stanley

    November 9th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I absolutely love the pictures! It’s nice to see my brother so happy with such a wonderful sweet person!

  16. Stacy

    November 10th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    These pics are amazing!!
    Its great to see two amazing people coming together. Congratulations!!! 😀

  17. Rachel Tremis

    November 11th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    These are beautiful. I guess when your subjects are ridiculously good looking…love these people!

  18. Josh

    November 17th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    BAM!!! love it : )

  19. Mike Piazzola

    November 17th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    What amazing Photos! You two look GREAT!

  20. Ned Bandit

    November 17th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    The action sequence shots make for a fun story-telling quality! Very fitting for this storybook romance (not Shakespeare either, the sadist) of Doug and Emily!!! 🙂 There are two in the middle of this line-up i especially enjoy, the picnic close-up where the ring can be seen and the one right after it~ huzzah!

  21. Ned Bandit

    November 17th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    ‘course I also think the one in the tall grass is very dynamic- and the pinky-holding ….

  22. Cassie

    November 17th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I love love love those Butte pictures!

  23. Margaret

    November 17th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    This just makes my heart smile. And this is no normal smile. Rather, it is of the gargantuan type. Love ya Em and Doug!

  24. Nicole Kennelly

    November 17th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I just love these pictures and your love for each other. Well captured Christina!!

  25. vicki

    November 18th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    How sweet! I love the street scenes with old buildings. Well, just love every one. Love is in the air!

  26. Kristi Spitzer

    November 18th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Love the pics of Emily and Doug! They really capture their feelings for one another. Also, for someone who isn’t a showboat, Doug sure does well in front of the camera!

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