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John Henry and Kelsey were married on a gorgeous July afternoon, beginning a new chapter in their epic love story. Theirs is a love story that is fully of twists, surprises, and, now, a very happily ever after.

As they stood in front of their closest friends, family, and especially their darling daugther, Karrisa, it felt like all of the pieces of the puzzle were finally coming together. All of us in attendance were witnessing answers to prayers and I was reminded, once again, that God’s plan is good and that even when things are hard, God has blessings waiting for His children just around the corner. I also couldn’t help but think about Karissa and how this was one of the most important days in her young life! Perhaps she won’t remember it, but the day her parents pledged to love one another forever was heartfelt, so full of love, and all around perfect.

John Henry and Kelsey – thank you so much for inviting me into your wedding day and into your lives. The love you two share for God and for one another is inspirational and the commitment you exhibit as you parent Karissa is admirable. I am so proud of you both and so thankful to call you friends!

Before I get too sappy, onto the photos!

Kelsey looked STUNNING thanks to hair by Chelsea Thompson and makeup by Christiane Davis.

Kelsey and John Henry opted for a first look and it was the sweetest moment …

Kelsey also arranged to have a kind of “first look” with her Dad. I’m pretty sure I only let one tear drop onto my camera …

The wedding party joined us at the park and boy, did they look good!

Kelsey, you are so beautiful! Karissa agrees with me.


Kelsey and John Henry arrived at the SeaCliff Country Club and began preparing for their marriage ceremony by joining the member of their wedding party in prayer and then lining up to walk down the aisle!

Following the ceremony, Kelsey and John Henry danced their first dance as husband and wife and kicked off a reception full of sweet toasts, amazing cake, and a whole lotta dancing.
Kelsey had a surprise groom’s cake made for John Henry from Rossmoor Pastries. I think it’s safe to say he was surprised and thrilled.

Second Shooter: Shauna Miller

Coordination: Brittany Klein

Venue: SeaCliff Country Club in Huntington Beach

Florals: Vickie Doughty of Abundantly More

Cake: Rossmoor Pastries

Hair: Chelsea Thompson

Makeup: Christiane Davis


You, my dear, are most precious. Your sisters and your Mom and Dad waited so patiently for you to arrive and now that you are here, they just couldn’t be more in love with you. They love your hair, your toes, the little smiles you flash, the tiny sounds you make when you breathe. They are all about you and, I’ll confess, so I am. You are one blessed baby to have been born into your family – your sisters are amazing and your parents are some of the best I’ve ever seen. Plus, you’ve got a ton of extended family and friends who loved you even before you arrived! It has been so fun for us to see you from the beginning and we are excited to watch as you develop your own unique personality. Will you love books like Tessa? Will you have Molly’s beautiful blue eyes? Will you have your Dad’s sense of humor or your Mom’s laugh? Those things may still be mysteries, but one thing is certain – you are loved, Clara Rose. Loved by the God who created you, loved by the family who cares for you, loved by the friends who adore you and I for one can’t wait to watch you grow and become the person God created you to be!

Thanks for letting me spend some of your first days with you, Clara. Also, thanks for not pooping on me. I think that made me love you even a tiny bit more, as if that were possible.



Meet 11 day old Clara …

Dave and Kelsey were married on a perfect June afternoon at the beautiful Dolphin Bay Resort in Pismo Beach, California. The stress of wedding planning faded away as Dave and Kelsey surrounded themselves with their closest friends and family and finally had the chance to catch their breath.  Thoughful, meaningful, joyful, playful … the day was all anyone could have asked for and more.

Dave and Kelsey, thank you from the bottom of my heart for including my family and I in the celebration as you officially begin your lives together. We are blessed by your love and friendship and I was beyond honored to spend the day documenting and soaking in the love surrounding you two.