Weekend Getaway 2013 – Palm Desert

Justin and I spent 5 days in Palm Desert for our church’s annual marriage retreat last weekend. The retreat was Fri-Sun but we decided to stay a few extra nights to celebrate my birthday but mostly have some one-on-one quality time together…no work, no emails, no errands, no planning meals, just relaxing and being together. Every summer at about this point we start to get really tired because wedding season keeps us so busy. This summer has been the busiest and craziest of them all. I’ve hardly seen this sweet husband of mine because our schedules are so flip-flopped right now, he’s working at night, I’m working during the day, before you know it 5 days will pass and I won’t have talked with him in person the whole week. I leave in the morning before he wakes up and come home when he’s already left for work, do that 4 nights in a row every week, shooting weddings and engagement sessions the other days and we’re left with no days off together. So to get 5 nights away with this guy was a dream. No interruptions, just us. It was glorious.

This was our very first time ever being able to attend Weekend Getaway. We’ve had weddings every year that weekend so we’ve never been able to go. So last summer I started praying. I prayed that we wouldn’t get any inquiries for this specific weekend. It seemed so petty, but it’s what my heart yearned for. I so desperately wanted to retreat with my husband and other married couples from our church, feel like we’re part of a church family, and pour into our marriage, especially in the middle of our busiest time of the year when we needed a weekend away the most. Every time my e-mail dinged, I prayed that it wasn’t an inquiry for the first weekend of August. I love how the Lord pays attention to every little detail, because not one email for that weekend came in, yet we got multiple inquiries for just about every other weekend for the entire summer. This was a HUGE answer to prayer for us.

If there’s one thing our church and pastor is passionate about, it’s MARRIAGE. I’ve never been to any other church that has had any sort of marriage ministry, and I’ve never felt more at home when finding New Community. I believe wholeheartedly that marriage should come first. I believe there is a purpose for every ministry within a church, but if your marriage is failing, how can you properly serve your children and lead by example? You can serve others best when you heart is in a good place with the Lord. I have found this to be so true in my own life. When we started attending New Community after moving back to San Diego two years ago my heart exploded when I heard all of the ways the church serves their married couples. This last weekend was by far my favorite week of the year. The topic for the weekend was “communication”. I can’t tell you how many books I’ve read or sermons I’ve listened to on this topic and Dale’s messages/sessions made it click far more than anything I’ve ever heard or read. It all boils down to “conversation connects the heart”. Not just “How was your day? We’re out of Milk. Feed the dog.” kind of chit chat, but real, vulnerable, you’re sometimes nervous when it leaves the lips kind of conversation. It was so fun to be able to spend a few extra nights after the retreat was over to hang out and since we had no agenda, we did A LOT of communicating. We talked a lot about a new adventure we’re starting, and no we’re not pregnant. We had some of our deepest, most vulnerable conversations, talked about wild and crazy dreams, talked about goals, where God is leading us, where He’s opening doors, where He’s closing doors, what our hearts desire, and in those moments where walls come crumbling down, the hearts connect. This weekend was exactly what we needed amidst this busy season and we’ve come home feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the year.

On Saturday night after the last session, each couple was given a “Date Night” packet. It was a three part date and we decided to start off at Flemings for some drinks and appetizers, talked a lot, and took the “5 Love Languages” test for like the 10th time only to find out Justin’s love language has changed yet again, haha. Not surprised about that. Then we went on a little driving adventure to this pretty little spot as the sun was setting where Chris and Chelsea (who we shot a few months ago) were taking everyone’s photos. Being that Justin and I never are in any of the pictures we take, I was stoked, and I had Chris snap a few on my camera (fab job by the way Chris!). Then we went off to our favorite vegan restaurant for dinner where we had fun questions to answer and had lots of heart connecting conversation. We wrapped the night up by heading back to the pool to hang out with a bunch of other couples only to have the pool shut down early because the cheerleaders who were staying at the resort were being obnoxiously loud and sneaking into the adult only pool.

As for my birthday, I was dreading 25. For some reason it sounds a whole lot older than 24. And I can’t tell you how many times in the last few weeks I read something that said you have to be 25 and I thought, “That sucks, I’m only 21, guess I can’t do it.”. I must be getting old if I can’t even remember how old I am. lol. Justin sure spoiled me and loved on me all weekend. As for my quarter life crisis, I got over that real quick when I remember how blessed I am to have been married to the sweetest man for the last three and a half years, I have a dog that is as close to a human as possible, I own a business doing what I love and it’s taken me all over the country, I can walk to the beach from my house, I have some of the closest and best friends I’ve ever had, and I serve a God whose love is relentless and His plans for me are always more perfect than mine. Every time. Thank you Jesus for the beauty of marriage and for loving me. Because of your love, I can love this man. And thank you Justin for teaching me a little more about Christ’s love for us each and every day. I love you.

“Let your conversation always be full of grace and seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” -Col 4:6

Resort: Miramonte Resort & Spa

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Nancy Tate Mitchell -

You are so adorable! I love your love for each other!

Simone Knepper -

I love this! So glad you guys to to connect, refresh and reflect.

Rose & Dan | L’Auberge Del Mar

Photography: Justin & Keary Weddings // Venue: L’Auberge Del Mar // Cooridnator: Krissie at L’Auberge Del Mar // Dress Boutique: Prevue // Florist: Moments in Bloom // Hair & Make-up: Haim Salon // Lighting: Mike Fuller Lighting // Ceremony Musician: Angelica Strings // Officiant: Rev. Powers // Catering: L’Auberge Del Mar

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Teri Larson -

Beautiful Family, Beautiful Couple,…………Beauty in the Air!

Sharon Hoben Larson -

Absolutely beautiful bride, flowers, family and one thoroughly handsome groom! Love the colors. Thanks for sharing!

Shelly Geib -

Beautiful pictures – Wish Rosie and Dan many years of happiness.

Happy Birthday to My Love

Justin,

It feels like just yesterday that we met in the back row of our government class and you made me guess your age and I never would have said 25, especially since I was 20;)I am so honored to be your wife, to stand by your side, to hold your hand, to snuggle with you, to serve with you, to love the Lord with you, and to do life with you. I can’t even come up with words for how much I love, cherish, and adore you and especially how proud I am of you for all you’ve accomplished up until 30. I thank God everyday to have spent the last (almost) 5 years knowing and loving you, calling you mine, and discovering new mysteries in you each day. My story is far more beautiful with you in it. You are my whimsy. Thank you for choosing me, choosing to love me and challenging me to live a life loving like Jesus. Here’s to 30, you being 6 years older than me for 2 weeks till my birthday, growing old together, staying young at heart, always making life an adventure, and many more generation gap jokes and references you make that I’ll never understand. I love you Justin. Happy 30th my love.

xoxo

Keary

Image above from our camping trip to Palomar Mountain this weekend

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Brittney & Keith

Styled by: Jen Brown

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Teresa Tanaka -

How wonderful! They are so nice! Love it!

Debbie Miner -

I love them… so so happy for the both of you :)

Tamara Green -

Wow! So very Beautiful!

Nancy L. Hulett McCartney -

Beautiful!

Cheryl Kulinski-Berg -

So adorable!

Lauren Maria -

Ok, Brittney I just creeeped on these and I love every one! So excited for you!

Sheryl Minyen -

aww so great. my favorite are the ones sitting in the tree!

Michael Bubel -

All you need is 75 comments? You can do that, easily This is my contribution to your contest :D good luck! Great pictures, by the way.

Erin Griffith -

You guys are too cute! LOVE the pictures :)

Ricky Parah -

Congrats Israel buddy.., hope this post helps you win…shalom! :)

Shadé Texter Shelton -

Awww… these are too cute! Hope you guys win!

Kelley Gilster -

Aww so adorable! Can’t wait to work with you guys :)

Dana Beth Riley -

so beautiful! What a sweet love!

Taylor Michelle Holdgrafer -

Cuties! LOVE YOU TWO!

Lorena Sanchez -

Super cute! You guys are too adorable!

Kaylee Falkner -

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple! Love you guys!!!

Jennifer Marie Glynn -

Dang…that’s a lot of photos! I hope they win the photo book so they can treasure these photos for years to come!

Heather McGuire -

Congratulations you two! Brittney, you are so beautiful!

Amy Dusatko -

Amazing!!!!! You both look stunning!!!!

Kendra Male -

Your engagement pictures are do beautiful! I wish you two the very best and a life time of happiness!!!

Alysia Ruiz Vogel -

LOVE these! & LOVE you two!

Leallani Stewart -

So beautiful! Amazing pictures.

Brittany Allister Peterson -

Wow! These are gorgeous! You both look amazing! So happy for you guys!!

Laura Raley -

You’re are so precious! These are some of the best engagement photos I’ve seen!

Darien Faith Metcalfe -

These are beautiful! You guys look great!!!

Lauren Rybarczyk -

wow so amazing! you two could start a new career as couple modeling! ;) stunning location too! so excited for you guys!

Kendall Schmidt -

Love all the photos! You two are beautiful! Congratulations! So happy for you! xx

Lauren Waters -

Beautiful! Very excited for you two!

Kristen Petrillo -

Love the emotions. Congratulations!

Jaclyn Rene Guzman -

so beautiful!

Johanna Chambers -

Ooh! the one where you guys are holding hands and looking off in opposite directions is awesome! I love ALL of them, of course. Did it hurt Keith to walk on it?

Johanna Chambers -

Where were these pictures taken? They’re very beautiful?

Emmeline Shih -

These pics are beautiful! Brittney, you look gorgeous! :-)

Jamie Aguilera -

Such a beautiful couple!!

Devin Aguilera -

Well here is lucky number 38. Great pictures by the way.

Jess Coronado -

Love the pictures. What a cute couple!!

Joanie Riley -

Love how you have captured their personalities in your photos! How sweet :)
Thanks for the memories you have perserved.

Melissa TenKate -

Sooooo cute Britteny! Love em!

Catherine Hamilton -

So sweet! Congratulations you two! These photos are beautiful :)

Mary Arkfeld -

absolutely beautiful!

Rosario T. Cabral -

How exciting for all of you!

Gary Riley -

Beautiful pictures, amazing couple, I am a very blessed Dad! Oh and I do like the name of the place for your pictures……perfect :-)

Becky Zierman -

So so so lovely:) u guys look like you are going to ride off in the sunset on a silver steed or something like that…

Natalie Stewart -

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful ❤

Dave Kraina -

Keith is such a BOSS! Great looking couple! Congrats guys!

Nathan Tanaka -

Great pictures! <3

Garry Holdgrafer -

Go Tanaka’s!

Monica Huie -

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple!

Travis Hartanov -

Looking good!

Ricky Chambers -

Oh yeah! These turned out great!

Tonia Agbayani -

Absolutely beautiful!!! You two are gorgeous together

Samantha Holguin -

I am BLOWN AWAY! Such beautiful pictures of such a BEAUTIFUL couple!

Chris Tanaka -

Just out of curiosity, is that tree the one from Forrest Gump?

Brittany Whitlock -

Your pictures are beautiful! Both of you look great:) Congratulations again!!!!

Aaron DeMarco -

This is good shit.

Chelsea Fischer -

I am so happy for you guys! your pictures are amazing!

Dana Meehan -

These pictures are beautiful! You both look so happy :)

Yvonne Solis-Brady -

Omgggg beautiful pictures …xoxo

Crystal Tanaka -

Love these!!! Can’t wait for the big day :)

April Hurt Riley -

Beautiful!

Amanda Brewer -

You look beautiful! Love these! Congratulations both of you:))

Marie Wilson -

Congratulations Ribal King!

Alli Talley -

HOTTIE couple alert! ow owww! :)

Andrea Fula -

Congrats love birds! Even in the pictures where you are not smiling… You are still smiling. Yay love!

Jalene Olalia -

aw you guys are so precious…and you are making me feel super behind on the whole wedding planning thing haha congrats again :)

Kathy Garcia -

Beautiful pictures — you were right Teresa Tanaka.

Taylor Spikes -

SO cute!

Michael Swope -

Wow sooo goodo.

Cindy Canchola -

Congratulations Keith…your girl is Beautiful…natural setting for the pictures is great! May the Lord Bless You Both!

Caylin Blake -

well aren’t you the cutest couple ever? these pictures are amazing!

Jenna Alice Holdgrafer -

These photos are gorgeous! Congrats you two! Being engaged suits you well! :)

Jeremy Agbayani -

Awww…Keith. I remember when I used to hold you like that ;). Jk. Great pictures! You guys look awesome together!

Ray Gibson -

These are awesome man. I’m so happy and proud of you!

Kristin Snyder -

Brittney, you are so gorgeous!

Valerie Latt -

Wonderful photos.

Nancy Tanaka -

Wonderful photos! :) Congrats.

Irwin A Olson Jr -

Here’s to a wonderful journey.

Marve' Harvey -

Beautiful pictures. Kieth- it almost looks like you grew up in the country or something ;) Wishing you both much happiness in your lives together.

Robert Nixon -

Wonderful!

Natalie DiCenso Miller -

Your photos are absolutely perfect! Best wishes for your new chapter together. Xo

Molly Zive -

so beautiful! Congratulations!

Nick Tunnicliffe -

props to the photog. Keith Tanaka your eyes are closed too much.

Gary Parks -

Beautiful pictures of the happy couple.

Mollie Shea -

Oh. My. Goodness. You guys are too cute! These are all amazing, I don’t think I can pick a favorite! You guys are such a great couple, I can’t wait for December! So happy for you two <3.