Joe says that he and Christina are one-third adventure, one-third ambition, and one-third cuddling. It really is a perfect description of them. Christina & Joe met their freshman year at Stanford and Joe called Christina at her home in Alaska all summer. He surprised her in Kyoto while she was studying abroad; they've grown as climbers together in Yosemite Valley; they've battled with the ocean while fishing the salmon season with Christina's family's fishing business (it was served at the wedding!); traveled Europe; grown through climbing accidents; are tackling grad school and they even biked many miles to their weekend wedding celebration in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The weekend-long adventure in the woods with their their family & friends provided an opportunity for everyone to tap into nature and beautiful quiet. Just as they wished, it seemed everyone was completely present and soaking up not just the surroundings and adventure but the one-third cuddling portion of Christina & Joe. We shared tears, hugs, giggles, smiles and felt soul-rocking love. Just as Christina hoped, everyone there was given an opportunity to sit back and acknowledge how good life is and how lucky we all are.
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Juliana & Ben woke up before dawn to hit the road for San Francisco so we could spend some time together before their October wedding in Pasadena. They are all stars. They are such fun. They are making a peanut butter & jelly sandwich in their wedding ceremony.
Steph says that if there is such a thing as love at first sight, her first encounter with Brendan was as close as it gets. Layer on the fact that it was also St. Patrick's Day and their love story becomes even richer. Steph was just in town for the weekend and after the two met, they say time stood still, the day became a euphoric blur, they threw caution to the wind--all those electric components that can appear when one falls in love. Steph extended her time in NYC for a few days but days after she returned to Chicago, Brendan was on a plane to see her. It's such a great story, isn't it? But it gets even better. Three years later, all of those early-love elements are present in their relationship. Steph & Brendan look at each other with an expression that says holy moly, I am falling for you more and more right now. They nuzzled each other throughout their entire ceremony and we all watched in romantic awe. I have a feeling that decades from now, people will still ask them how long they've been dating.
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