“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”
Chelsea and Joey are getting married this summer, so Chelsea had a bridal shower. And it was gorgeous. And had the cutest details. My favorite part about this day was what Joey said about Chelsea…he said that he loves Chelsea’s kindness and willingness to others before herself. I couldn’t agree more.
I took a few pictures while I was there - enjoy!
Future Mrs. Rotella!
Tea bag party favors - love this idea!
Can we talk about this cupcake? All of them were so intricately decorated and beautiful. I almost didn’t want to eat them…almost.
Obligatory photo when you take pictures alongside your friend. :)
I can’t wait for this wedding!
“Is it really that bad if someone sees who you are? Why is it humans have a problem with letting someone else see that they are human?”
Working on remembering these words and finding comfort in vulnerability. My favorite thing is getting to know someone for who they truly are - for their quirks, fears, dreams, and passions - and I can’t hope to know others if I don’t let myself be known. Gogler’s questions resonate deeply with me.
“I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.”
“Opening your heart and being courageous and telling people that you care about them or like them or that you think they’re special only makes you a better, bigger, kinder, softer, more loving person and it only attracts more love into your life.”
These beautiful women are Caitlin and Kelley. They are sisters, but I think that they’re also secretly models. I loved photographing them and seeing their relationship, which reminds me of my own with my sister. Siblings are amazing. They’re the best type of friend – you know, the one that can be completely (and sometimes brutally) honest with you, knows you better than anyone else, and can make you laugh and cry like nobody else can. We experience so much life with our siblings, and as we get older, life only gets busier. I was glad to pause time for a bit with these girls and capture life as it is for them right now.
I had to include this one, too. Same facial expression. Hilarious. :)
I love these sisters.
"Strange about learning; the farther I go the more I see that I never even knew existed. A short while ago I foolishly thought I could learn everything - all the knowledge in the world. Now I only hope to be able to know of its existence, and to understand one grain of it."
- Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
That look. That one that two people who really, deeply, truly love each other have. That one that is a language – one that only they can understand.
I love that look.
That’s the look that Derek and Lupe have.
They are engaged and I couldn’t be happier for them.
I freaked out when they asked me to take their save the date photos.
And seriously… we were blessed with the most gorgeous Malibu sunset.
I can’t wait for their wedding. Xoxo
Staying up late to finish a book that is too good to put down for a few extra hours of sleep.
Prancercising with John Mayer .
Getting inspired by kids and their creative, inquisitive minds. They always remind me that life is worth marveling at - even the simplest of things.
Wearing maxi dresses that rival the comfiness of pajamas. Winning.
Laughing with my sister.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Road trips with besties. Traveling in general is amazing, but I think there is something really special about experiencing new places with people that you love.
Jim and Pam. and Dwight.
Taking classes from professors who are passionate about life and learning.