Real Wedding: Lauren and Tim

I hate being late.  For anything.  Especially for anything that involves working with our clients.

Yet somehow every time we met with Lauren, we were somehow late for the meeting.  Despite good intentions, and how early we left our house, we found ourselves late almost every time.

Once we were tardy because we were stuck in an accident related traffic jam.  45 minutes late.

Another time there was a “suspected” hazardous spill, and every major road leading to Lauren was blocked off. I ended up getting out of the car and running a little less than a mile to try and be there on time.  30 minutes late.

Even the week of Lauren’s wedding, the (should-have-been) 10 minute drive to meet with her took close to 45 minutes.  You guessed it.  Late again.

If I had to choose one word to describe Lauren it would be gracious.  She was gracious and understanding every time we were late for a meeting… gracious when a blackberry broke on the bodice of her Vera Wang dress…and she was gracious as she considered every detail that went into her wedding, wanting her guests to feel welcomed, loved, comfortable and blessed.  Lauren is one of the loveliest, calm and sweetest bides I have ever had the opportunity to work with.  Her trust in our work combined with her gentle spirit made the 20 months of planning and designing her wedding a truly wonderful experience.

Lauren and Tim married at Roche Harbor . Their day was captured by Michele M Waite Photography. Stationery from la Happy.  And be sure to watch their awesome video created by our favorite videographer Mitch from Cabfare Productions.

Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 1Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 27Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 2Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 3 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 4 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 5Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 28Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 6 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 7Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 9Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 8Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 10 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 11 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 12 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 13 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 14Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 15 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 16 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 17 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 18 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 19 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 20 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 22 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 23Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 24 Sinclair & Moore Lauren Tim 25

A Thanksgiving Choice

There is nothing better than waking up early in the morning, and starting my day before anyone else is awake.  It’s quiet.  I’m alone. Life is still.  The world is mine.  The chaos of the day has yet to begin.  I’m free to read, think, dream, pray… and just be still with my Maker.

Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 1 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 2 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 3 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 4

But sometimes these quiet moments of reflection and prayer quickly turn to panic as my mind wanders to the hopes and dreams that have yet to materialize in my life, and all of my unmet goals.  I worry. I doubt.  I feel behind.  I compare.  My faith dissolves to fear… my peace is replaced with anxiety…  my joy turns to jealousy…  my healthy ambition changes to a competitive spirit.  I rob myself of happiness as I focus on all the things I want, instead of rejoicing for the things I have.

Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 10 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 5 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 6 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 7

It’s ungratefulness that feeds this downward spiral.

It’s ugly… I know it.

I also know it’s a choice and that the only thing I can control in this life is my attitude and the choices I make.

And so today I make a different choice.  A choice to live in thanksgiving for the abundant life we are blessed with.

Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 8 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 9

I choose to refocus my mind on the things that matter.  I will reflect on what is true, what is noble, what is right… what is pure, lovely and admirable. I will think about those things that are excellent and praise worthy.

Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 11Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 12Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 13Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 14Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 15Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 16

I choose to love others more than I love myself.  I will take my mind off of myself, and my dreams, and look to the interest of others.  I will find opportunities to give and to serve.  I will see others’ needs as greater than my own. I will rejoice when my friends succeed, and cry with them when they hurt.  I will remember that there is no greater love than to give your life for a friend.

Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 17Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 18Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 19

I choose to see God’s faithfulness and his endless provisions over the years. I have never gone hungry.  My head has always been covered with a roof.  A loving mother… a faithful wife… committed friendships… my life lacks no good thing.

Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 20Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 21Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 22Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 23Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 24

I choose faith.  I will believe in what is unseen, hope for what is to come, and trust God with all that I have.

Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 25Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 26Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 27Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 28

I choose to be filled with joy. Prayers may seem to go unanswered; dreams might not have yet come true.  But true joy comes from a thankful heart that finds contentment in the present, whether living in plenty or in want.   In both seasons, I will choose joy.

Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 30 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 31 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 32 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 33 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 34 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 35 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 36 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 37 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 38 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 39 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 40 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 41 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 42 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 43

Jamie and I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving.  Our hope is that somewhere in the midst of all the cooking, eating, football watching and time spent with family, that you will take a moment to reflect on the abundant life you are blessed with, and choose to live in thanksgiving.

Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 44 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 45 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 46 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 47Sinclair & Moore Thanksgving 56 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 48 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 49 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 50 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 51

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with Thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;  His faithfulness continues through all generations.”  Psalm 100

Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 55 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 52 Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 53Sinclair & Moore Thanksgiving 54

photo credit: Matthew Land Studios

Download and print our Sinclair & Moore Apple pie recipe

recipe design and calligraphy: La Happy sinclairandmoore_applepie_recipe