Gerard + Jessie

4/4 Creative Marriage couple from the Great Love Getaway!! I am particularly excited about this one because not only are Gerard & Jessie a repeat CM couple, but they are also the reason why GLG even happened in the first place!  The Peppers are our forever friends and we are so thankful to have been a part of such an epic trip.  Here are some of my favorite photos from their session.  

CHRIS + JESS

Although we focus on married couples, ever since we developed our "Creative Marriage" style, we've been getting a ton of engaged couples who want to shoot with us!  We still shoot engagement shoots the traditional way on the beach, in fields and with natural light but we've loved exploring this new way of shooting couples and decided we would open our CM tribe to engaged couples as well!  Jess is also a photographer and specifically requested to shoot the way we photography our married couples.  Here are some of our faves from their session!

Daniel + Lauren

We love the Scottis.  Coming from a rare combo of photography and ministry, the Scottis and us are cut from similar cloth. Daniel is the tech director at Saddleback Church and Lauren runs a successful photography company in Orange County.  We had a great time photographing them in their home and getting a few tips and insights on how they keep their marriage fun and exciting!

ON BEING EACH OTHER'S TEAMMATE:

Daniel: We try our best to be patient with one another and most importantly champion each other on.  
Lauren: Daniel always calls us a team. It's our business, our finances.
Daniel: Yeah, we try to be very intentional with our words. There's not mine or yours.  No my money, your money, my car, your car.  It's our money, our cars.  Little things like that keep our values as a team in tact.  

ON IMPROVING YOUR MARRIAGE:

Lauren: We read separate daily devotions.  
Daniel: Yeah, we love "She Reads Truth" and "He Reads Truth."  
Lauren: It doesn't necessarily apply directly to our marriage but when we are in the word, we are better parters.  
Daniel:  It's the same content just geared toward toward men and women separately.  I think we also do a good job of getting away and doing 'staycations.'  Rick Warren says that in order to prevent burnout: Divert daily, withdraw weekly, retreat monthly, getaway quarterly.   We were inspired by the Dluxes (that would be us, Kelly & Michelle) to take a weekly sabbath.  We make sure we have a day to each other once a week...not to get stuff done but simply enjoy one another.  

ON WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SPOUSE:

Daniel: I love Lauren's heart for others.  She treats me, her friends and her clients with so much love.
Lauren: I love Daniel's kindheartedness.  I have never met anyone who doesn't love Daniel and it's because he is such a kind soul.  He is also very helpful. He never runs away from a problem.  When I get stressed, he stays positive and helps me figure out how to solve the thing that is stressing me out.  

ON DATE NIGHT:

Lauren: We basically like to eat food that we can't afford.
Daniel: Also, adventures!!  Our last staycation was glamping in San Clemente state beach at a trailer park called The Holidays.

ON CELLPHONES:

Daniel:  We battle the phone attention issue so we have to be conscious when we use our phones around one another so the other person feels valued.  

ON SLEEPING TOGETHER:

Lauren: We've never not gone to bed at the same time.  It feels weird if we don't.  I can probably count with my fingers how many times we didn't sleep at the same time in our four years of marriage.  
Daniel: Also, we try to pray together every night. 

ON  SEPARATE SINKS:

Daniel: Have separate sinks
Lauren: No, have separate bathrooms...so you don't have to do your makeup while he's pooping.