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Joining Two Souls

Dearest Kuya Chris and Chelsea,

Thank you for one of the most memorable wedding ceremonies of my life. 
The rainfall over night and weather warnings in the morning couldn't stop us from celebrating your beautiful love. The beach sparkled with purple and pink hues in the sky as the bride came down the aisle. Your ceremony was truly touching. Weddings always make me cry, but yours made me think. As I watched you stare lovingly into each other's eyes, holding your breathe, I felt the love surrounding you and between both of you. 

Kuya - Thank your for always teaching me of balance. Your words never go wasted on me as I try to discover a path towards balance that you have found for yourself. Thank you for leading by example and always showing unconditional love to the family and never giving up on any of us. 

Chelsea - Thank you for all the cigar talks. You are one of the realest women I know. You teach me to reach for my dreams that are just outside my reach and to believe in what I am capable of doing. Our big, bad-ass, crazy family just got a hell of a lot stronger because you are now are "officially" a part of it. 

When I think back to your wedding day, I feel both of your spirits. I see the chill relaxing environment that you created. I appreciate the attention to detail in all of the decor and every element in the reception. I see the dance floor full of bodies grooving to the music and laughter seeming like it will never end. 

Chris and Chels - May you find yourselves always embodying the island life and find comfort in the fact that you found true love.

With endless affection,
Jana

Kauai, Hawaii

Hawaii was never on my "list". I heard of it's beauty and wonder, but never really felt the need to see it for myself. The latest Josue wedding brought us to these breathtaking islands. It was there that Chris and Chelsea fell in love, embodied the spirit of island life, and got engaged. Chris only spoke excitedly about Kauai and convinced me with his every word that it would be a place I would fall in love with. And that I did. 

I roomed with Ron, Liz, and Ryan in a beautiful airbnb on Kauai that had a vintage Hawaii feel. We had a short few days on the island before exploring Oahu, but it was enough to appreciate the beauty of the area. The bright colours, unreal beauty, and laid back aura of the area really stuck with me. 

Check out a few photos from the first few days of our trip! 

xx J

Springtime Lucianna Elle

It had been far too long since I snapped some photographs of little Lucianna Josue! Since her last shoot, she has grown leaps and bounds, learned to roll over, stand up, and crawl, and has the most adorable two tiny bottom teeth. She is now 8  months old and lighting up the family Sunday dinners with her endless laughs and conversations with herself.

Much love to the amazing parents to this little gem! I'm so happy to snap a picture of you two to keep forever!

& finally, I wish this mama a wonderful first mother's day! I hope Lucianna spoils you with a full night's sleep and no tears and that Rob takes care of all those diapers! Lucy is such a happy baby because she's got a mama like you!

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Easter Weekend

 Easter is all about family.

Two family-filled days were sandwiched between two relaxing and productive days. It started off with meeting with my favourite little angel to help give her a bath, dress her up for easter, and squeeze in some quality one on one time. Luckily, we got to meet up with one of our cousins for a quaint lunch, mostly centered around the two little ladies.

We ventured to my dad's house for a spring/easter shoot of  Lucianna (you'll have to wait for next week to see those photos!) and to catch up on the NBA playoffs. Dinner was absolutely delicious, as usual, especially when it ends off with the infamous Carol cookies.

On Sunday, Mike and I had one thing on our minds: scalloped potatoes. We wpent the day in Tsawwassen helping out around his dad's place. We even got to learn how to make Jody's scrumptious scalloped potatoes and chowed down once it was ready!

It is weekends like these that remind me of how truly blessed I am to be a part of so many loving families.

VIP

Today marks the one year death anniversary of the patriarch of the Josue family.This great man's lessons live on through his seven children, thirteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

After Tatay's passing, my Nanay opened up his closet for his grandchildren to take any piece of clothing that we wished for. Since I already love to wear big, baggy, "grandpa" sweaters, I was delighted at the idea of owning the 'real' thing. How deliciously hipster. I have only worn his sweaters one or two times. It's an odd feeling to know that it has been washed and yet I still feel like it smells like him. Wearing it feels like I'm wearing a piece of armour - like I can feel his love protecting me.

 

About a year ago, an idea popped into my mind to take a picture of my Tatay's and Nanay's hands. I thought it would be a nice gift for my entire family and, selfishly, I felt it would give me a part of him to keep forever. During the short photo shoot, I panicked that I didn't get the shot I imagined so clearly in my mind. But, it was while I started to edit that I quickly realized that this very important person created the most important and impactful photograph of my life. I'm not sure I will ever be able to top this photo, and to be frank, I would be perfectly happy if I am not able to. I am proud to have it hanging in my home - reminding me of the value of family, the importance of hard work, and the power of unconditional love.

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