My Favorite Things!

* Brides By Brittany

I had the honor of meeting Brittany Mayer prior to my wedding. From our first phone conversation I knew I loved this girl. Her joyful personality and caring nature are contagious, but her raw and amazing talent is undeniable. I can honestly say, I have spent hours on her website; browsing through picture after picture, admiring the beauty she brings out in her clients. She has a true gift and her work is proof. I hired her to do my makeup for my wedding and have since used her for other events. She has become a very close and special friend. She has touched my heart in ways she will never really know and I am thankful God allowed our paths to cross.

If you are getting married, have an upcoming special event or photo session and want to look FABULOUS… Look NO further than Brides By Brittany. You will thank me later. To see my before and after pictures, click HERE!

Bethann Greenberg Photography

I met Bethann on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. I was doing a Boudoir photo shoot, as a Valentine’s Day present for Erik. Brittany was the makeup artist and Bethann the photographer. Naturally, being half-naked in front of a complete stranger is a bit awkward, but not if you are in front of this girl. She instantly made me feel completely comfortable, at ease and sexy. By the time that photo shoot was over, I didn’t care how naked I was, I totally forgot about the clothes and had a blast. A few days later she sent me the proofs and not only did my mouth drop, so did Erik’s. I kept staring at them, shaking my head saying, “Is that me?” I was beyond impressed with her work! She is a talented photographer, but her talent reached beyond the photos she takes and is shown in the way she is with her clients.

Both Erik and I knew she was “our photographer for life!” Just this past week, we did our first family shoot with her in downtown Carlsbad. Although we have only seen 4 of the shots; I have no doubt that these photos are going to be better than I imagined. We are booking another family photo session with her for our extended family.  So, my mom, step-dad, sister and her family, as well as the four of us. I cannot wait to do this. We are also doing a “Trash The Dress” session with her in July.

I cannot recommend her enough! She also does a lot of work with Brides By Brittany, so if you need someone to doll you up, and then someone to capture how stunning you look… These are your girls. Below are pictures taken by Bethann and makeup done by Brittany.

* North Coast Church 

There are NO words I can say to express how much I love this place. I could write pages and pages about how North Coast and the people there have changed my life, but I will keep it short and simply say; If you are looking for a place to go JUST AS YOU ARE, then you really need to look NO further. There is a venue for everyone no matter what stage of life you are in, or what interests you have. We have venues ranging from Country Gospel to my personal favorite The Edge. I promise you that you can come as you are, but you will not stay that way!

* The Village Church

I was introduced to Matt Chandler and The Village Church a few months ago while having a conversation with my sister and her co-worker. After hearing about him I had to go and look him up. I browsed through the website and found myself on the “sermons” page. I was looking through the different series he had done and randomly picked one. It was by no accident that I happened to choose that message. I love how God works. I can say that my life and relationship with the Lord has never been the same.

Matt has an incredible gift. Not just in teaching but he is real, honest and funny. He doesn’t make the Bible into something we, as people, want it to be. He doesn’t sugar coat things as a means to attract a larger audience. He preaches truth… truth that at times, can be very hard to hear. Although he is located in Dallas Texas, I listen almost everyday when I run. Thank God for podcasts and for allowing messages being preached thousands of miles away to radially rock my world.

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