We met as a weird match... one of us fresh out of the Marines, the other coming off a career being a rock star on tour. Though opposite worlds, the core values in our heart about family and love - living life to the fullest matched. Chris' persistence paid off and we started dating after he flew to Missouri from Oregon to meet my family. This was one of our first dates.
Chris proposed after church on a Sunday night, unplanned. Wendy was on the phone talking with her dad, like usual and talking about life... after she got off the phone Chris just had this heart urge that echoed "now is the RIGHT time". He followed his heart and asked her to close her eyes then poured his heart out. She joyfully accepted and they started the journey of life together.
With only a three month engagement, they both fell in love with the idea of getting married New Years Eve. Planning went straight into full mode and they didn't have a clue on what they were doing... but LOVE was there and they made every detail unique to them.
They married at the drop of midnight with the officiant saying "I now pronounce you husband and wife in --- 10, 9, 8... (cue the confetti cannons and a kiss of a lifetime)".
Adventure was what we were looking for. We decided to book our connecting flights with the longest layovers so we could tour multiple cities and places. Our layovers were 12-18 hours and we honeymooned in LA, Dallas, South Miami Beach, New York and our final destination was Barbados (the most southern small caribbean island of paradise). We spent our days on the beaches, petting sea turtles and eating local food. We even had a personal tour guide of the entire island.
On our honeymoon, we knew we wanted to start a family soon. We vowed we would not let our adventures slow down with having children, but take them everywhere we went. A couple months later, we were pregnant with our first child, Ethan. Quickly following we had our girl, Arianna. Lijah came two years later and currently we will be having our fourth child, baby boy this December. So far, we have held true to our promise, keeping our adventures alive - with kids in tote.
We love traveling. We can't get enough of it! One month alone in 2016 we traveled to eight states for destination weddings with our whole family. We LOVE adventures to places we have never been... Luckily, we know people all over the world who love our visits and watching our kids as we photograph these special moments for you. We often joke a prerequisite to being our facebook friends is traveling - as we see all our friends doing it just as much as us. We love watching your travels too!
We currently are based out of San Diego, CA. We have such a heart for the midwest (Missouri where Wendy is from) and the Pacific Northwest too (Oregon where Chris is from) but we never know where the wind will blow us next.
For now, we are loving the perfect weather in southern California and are placing roots here. We can always travel to the places we love and long to see!
In our family...
It is funny always talking with couples.
Who is the social one?
Who is the organizer?
Who is the free bird and who is the rule follower?
It seems like there is always a natural balance that happens with couples.
Find out a bit more about
Chris and Wendy here.