July 23, 2010

The Graduates: Kristen

Grace, humility, gentleness and surprising.
My favorite words to describe Kristen. :)
She was the last one to join our small group but I was blessed to have her for a second year. From the first time we talked (randomly at church and then on a spontaneous lunch at the beach) she was obviously very teachable. Not that I had all that much to teach her.... :)
She is seemingly quiet and maybe even shy when you first see her but I will NEVER forget the time when she busted out her robot skills at my 26th birthday for a skit competition.
So that was a lesson to me in not letting appearances fool you.
Gentle and soft spoken, yet a woman of conviction.

I love Kristen's genuine smile. :)

I love you Kristen, and can't wait to see you again, my friend. :)

July 21, 2010

The Graduates 2010: Yuen

I have taken lots of photos of them, in many different places... them, being the group of girls I had the privilege of meeting up with in their last two years of college. However, these were portraits I had been anticipating since I met... knowing that Yuen, Kristen, Petrina, Grace, Jane and Wury we're going to be graduating in the very near future. When Yuen and Kristen asked me to take their senior portraits, it was bittersweet. I love them and would do almost ANYTHINg for them...but seeing them don the cap and gown made me come to terms with reality all that much sooner...

They are all grown up.

Which is actually kind of a silly thing because in all honesty, not is Yuen significantly more mature than I was at her age, she might still be more mature than I am currently. Before really knowing anything about her, a brother who I always kinda of think might be wrong told me that I would really enjoy having her in small group. I was like "Uh yeah, okay. We'll see." Naturally he was right and I am so thankful to know such a woman who generally fears the Lord and regards the Bible as her authority in life. I would say of all the young women I know, she is one never really worry is going to stray from loving God and living for his kingdom.

Congratulations Yuen. I am oh-so proud of you. :)

Roomies (i'll be sharing Kristen's portraits later!)

My favorite.

I love you girls!

July 12, 2010

darren & leslie's wedding {south pasadena, CA}

I think we all have those friends who believe in you and all your potential when you are totally afraid to.

Since 2003, Leslie has been one of those friends to me. Surely in my artistic side, she has encouraged me (our late-night photo shoots in college were legendary and totally ridiculous) as well living out an example of a woman saved by Jesus Christ and living out the love and grace that we receive from Him every day.... anyone who has met Leslie can attest to her gentle, kind and warm spirit. To this day, my dear friend is still one of the most compassionate people I know.

As a sister who had always guarded her heart and her purity, I know that I was not the only one who waited to see who would be worthy our dear, sweet and loving Leslie. When she started dating Darren a few years out of college, it seemed like the stars were starting to align. Darren was one of the college buddies from my post-college roommates and I had only heard good things about him. The first few weeks after they started dating I kept asking them for the dirt on him and they wanted to know more about her.

Through the times that I heard her talk to him, heard my roomies share about how CUTE Leslie & Darren were together and especially saw them together, the answer was clear. It's not that kind, gentle and funny Darren was worthy of her, or she worthy of him, but they surely were two sinners who love God, love their families, their friends and wanted to spend their lives loving and serving one another to the glory of God.

Being so up close and in the middle of everything of their wedding day was one of the biggest blessings that God has given me. That Leslie and Darren would want me to be the one to capture their wedding was a GREAT honor and I would not have been able to do it without the help of the talented Hannah Michelle Park of coffee&parchment Photographie as well as my near&dear sister. So thank you les&darren for trusting me, thanks Hannah & Kristen for being at my side (and keeping me going!), J&Jackie for the timely Starbucks on their wedding day and thank you Heavenly Father for giving me the blessings of such wonderful friends!

A beaming groom = <3>
Don't they make such a pretty couple???

Tiffany (another dear friend from college) also wondered who would win Leslie's tightly guarded heart....
Darren is the champion!

The goofy guys needed a Jamba Juice break while these gorgeous gals were sittin' pretty.

Their first dance was equal parts silly, sweetsassy....
best first dance ever!

Congratulations you too...you make a b-e-a-u-t-i-ful couple that is a blessing to SO many people!