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  • Proposal | Ryan + Brittany

    On a hot summer night in Texas, a pretty cool guy proposed to a pretty neat girl. Lucky for us, we were there for the whole thing!

    Ryan and Brittany are a passionate pair with a desire to know and love people well. We’ve had the distinct pleasure of doing life with these two over the past year and can confidently call them both friends and family. Ryan picked a ring and planned the proposal. He rallied (= Facebook Event) all their friends and family together to celebrate the occasion with an engagement party to after.

    Dave reached out that morning to see if he’d planned to capture the moment. He hadn’t! So Dave did what any sane friend with a nice camera would do! Hid behind a mailbox, a car and then a tree until it was time to sprint over as fast as possible to get the best shot of Ryan down on one knee and Britt’s facial expression!

    There is even a short video recap of the night, too!

    We are excited for the many ways their courtship, engagement, and marriage will be a testament to the God we serve. The couple is still undecided on a wedding hashtag, so if you’ve got anything clever to add…feel free!

    #CheersToTheSears

    #StartedWithaBlomstedtNowWereSears

    #SearslyInLove

    #SearsInStedt

    oh and #Ryitt

  • Bridal Beauty Do’s & Don’ts

    It’s June! Which in the planning world means it’s officially “wedding season”! The lovely folks over at Influenster are awesome and sent us the #BlushVoxBox curated especially for brides. We wanted to do something a little different and share with you a few bridal beauty Do’s and Don’ts for the big day!

    DON’T forget to wear deodorant! I promise nothing is worse than getting a good whiff of not-so-fresh during the first dance. I personally use a clinical strength deodorant to get me through long event days and know first hand that a good deodorant can be a life saver. Secret knows this too and created Secret Clinical Strength Clear Gel Deodorant ($7.99) with Adapts&Responds technology to give you customized protection.

    DO shampoo and condition before the wedding day! Whether you’re doing your own hair or bringing in a stylist, a fresh wash makes for a fresh “do”. We all know blow drying and heat styling can damage hair and even if you’re a natural girl our hair loves to be hydrated. Try Pantene’s Expert Collection Intense Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner. ($4.99 each)

    DON’T fret about falsies! If you’re anything like me, you may not have been blessed with super long dramatic lashes. If you’re not accustom to wearing false lashes, it’s ok! Have your best gal or makeup artist apply either strips or individual lashes to make your eyes pop in your wedding photos! Don’t want to feel like your wearing bird feathers on your eyes? Look for thinner lash strips that are spread out  to give you a natural but dramatic lash. Plus Ardell’s Natural Lashes in Style:117 ($3.99) comes with a free adhesive!

    DO take it all off! If applied properly, your makeup application can last until the wee hours of the morning and while you might not want to wipe away the bridal glam it’s a must! Don’t start your honeymoon with clogged pores, wipe your makeup off with a gentle cleanser like Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes ($6.99)

    Disclosure: We received these complimentary products for testing purposes.

  • Prom 2016 | Ben + Jackie

    We don’t typically do photography for clients, but this particular “client” wasn’t going to take no for an answer. After a bit of text message pleading, Dave gave in. It helps when your sister is married to the photographer. 🙂

    On a Friday night, right after sunset, we headed to the Continental Bridge to snap some photos of my little “big” brother, Benjamin, headed off to his senior prom. It is crazy to think he’s legal, driving, and headed to someone’s college soon! Sigh. Just another reminder that time slows for no (wo)man.

    I helped him pick out his suit online, but I had no clue what it would look like on his now 6’2 slender frame. He opted for a navy blue skinny fit tuxedo pant and matching jacket. He wore a bowtie from Anchor Wood Shop with the Dallas Skyline etched into the wood. His lovely date, Jackie, wore a swoon-worthy mermaid gown with delicate beading and embellishments. In all honesty, these kids looked like a walking magazine ad!

    Ahh to be 18 again! We are so glad we had a chance to capture these moments!

    P.S. The last image screams “2016”.

  • #AndMeTooCampaign

    It has been such a blessing to be a part of the sweet dialogue that has taken place in response to the #AndMeCampaign tee! We read your stories; women leading ordinary lives and being used by an extraordinary God to do great things, both big and small, for His Kingdom. We heard your hearts; women loving the Lord, being shown His grace and redeemed by His love. We joined in the excitement as some of you realized for the first time that you too are a part of the lineage of Christ!

    We started a conversation with the #AndMeCampaign and we want to continue it with the next generation of God’s daughters. We want the young women coming up behind us to know that their heavenly Father is ever mindful of them in a world that tells them otherwise. Let’s teach our daughters, nieces, and little sisters that their identity and satisfaction is found in Christ alone.

    We are excited to introduce the #AndMeTooCampaign and announce our shirt collaboration with Bible Belles! Husband and wife, Brent and Erin Weidemann are the masterminds behind the Bible Belles – encouraging girls to make a different kind of noise through vivid retellings of Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth and Deborah’s stories.

    “The names of these five women represent a journey that today’s modern girl can take to become someone whose beauty radiates from within, a journey to be H.E.A.R.D.”

    We created a t-shirt design for both women and girls that list the name of each Bible Belle and includes the wearer. The H.E.A.R.D Tee serves as a reminder to young girls of their rightful place in the lineage of Christ! Our prayer is the #AndMeTooCampaign will inspire important and timely conversations around who we are as daughters of the King.

    Let’s make a different kind of noise, together!

     Shirts are available in toddler, girls, and women’s sizes. Starting at $15.99

     

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    Be sure to show Bible Belles love on social, too!

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  • We Are Unveiled x FFJ

    A few months ago, we had a chance to sit down with the wonderful ladies at We Are Unveiled (WAU). We followed WAU online for awhile and it was nothing but a God-incidence (yep, just made that one up!) that we ended up chatting over tea and discussing a potential partnership. A couple more meetings and a photo shoot with the incredible @TemiCoker and we were ready to launch! Over the next two months, 10% of every #AndMeCampaign tee will support WAU’s mission. As we continue to promote this awesome partnership, we wanted to interview our friend and WAU founder, Monica Zuniga!

    Q: We Are Unveiled is such a unique name? As you can tell, we love unique names! Can you explain the meaning behind it?

    Absolutely! So We Are Unveiled was birthed from a lot of discussion and prayer as a team. Much of the foundation and inspiration for story-telling in such a raw and vulnerable way came from 2 Corinthians chapter 3. This entire chapter Paul talks about the body of Christ still living under this old law and covenant. The old covenant was one where you had to follow the rules and essentially live a certain way to enter the kingdom of heaven. Yet after Jesus came, died, and rose again, we now can remove the veil. Paul talks about believers who wear masks and are hiding when we don’t have to do that anymore. From that passage, prayer, and discussion, we realized as a team that we wanted to live our lives unveiled; before the Lord, before ourselves, and before our community around us. As we wrote our mission statement and discussed the name, it just made sense that it be “We Are Unveiled,” because we are much stronger together.

    Q: WAU recently launched its first video testimony and magazine detailing your story. Congrats! If there was one thing you’d want someone to understand from watching your testimony and reading the magazine, what would it be?

    Thank you! We are so excited to see what God is going to do through this video and magazine. As far as what we would hope people take away, it would have to be that they understand that they have a story to tell and that their story was written by a God who loves them and hasn’t made a mistake in their journey. We hope that people learn how to process through every good and bad experience and are able to see the hand of God over their lives and His presence always by their side. Through watching my testimony and going through the magazine our hope is that every person would understand God’s love for them in a deeper way.

    Q: What has been the biggest hurdle you all have had to face in turning the vision for We Are Unveiled into a reality?

    Wow! That’s a really great question! I would have to say fear. Fear for sure. Fear of not being able to do it. Fear of no one responding. Fear of failure. Fear of doing the wrong thing, making the wrong turn, etc. Fear can truly be crippling. But I am so grateful that we have a team of women to support one another, encourage one another and push one another to keep going even when it’s scary.

    Q: Other than beautifully told testimonies, what else is WAU dreaming up?

    Well as you mentioned above we have our interactive magazines, which are our We Are Unveiled Volume issues. These are beautiful, but also provide an opportunity for you to learn how to tell your story well. We will be launching a podcast in the next month and a half so be on the look out for that! We are so very excited to be adding that element of who we are to really engage and interact with our community. And lastly, we are looking into hosting story-telling workshops, where we will train individuals and groups on the importance of story telling and how to tell your story well! All of this will unfold within the year!

    Images: Temi Coker

    Q: Just for fun! If you could have any superhero power, what would it be? Why?

    Wow, this is fun! I haven’t thought about this in a long time, but I would have to go with being able to transport from one place to another instantly. I don’t even know if this is a superhero power, but it should be! And if I had it, it would be amazing because I hate driving and am always running late! Haha!

    Q: We Are Unveiled is poised to reach the masses for His glory and the Kingdom’s gain. What is your prayer for the individuals that come in contact with this ministry?

    Our deepest prayer is that they see Jesus. Our goal is to capture as many diverse stories that we can. God created us all so uniquely and we each have been through unique things that connect to others. As people watch our stories, engage in our social media, purchase products, whatever it is, we hope people know they are not alone and see the big picture of God’s immeasurable love for them. If we do that well, we have done something right.

    Watch Monica’s testimony below, but before you do…if you are inspired by the work WAU is doing, please support them by sharing the video, purchasing the magazine, or buying a &ME Campaign tee! & Be sure to follow them on social @weareunveiled

    Ok, now watch!