S: Derick & Kelsey | April 29, 2012
BC: Cheers to New Beginnings...
FC: KIANA LODGE | POULSBO, WA | _______________________________________________ | _______________________________________________ | DERICK & KELSEY | APRIL 29, 2012
1: Derick | & | Kelsey | 4.29.2012
4: 9.1.2011 | __________________ | Cape Disappointment, WA
5: Will You Marry Me? | My heart was pounding as I awaited her response, she paused and then I heard the words I had been hoping for “Yes! Yes! Of course!“ | After dating for about a year and half, on September 1, 2011, Derick took Kelsey on an “Adventure Hunt.” This would be one scavenger hunt she would never forget! They traveled all around the Columbia River Basin finding clues along the way. Finally, they arrived at Cape Disappointment State Park (don't let the name fool you!) on Washington's Southwest coastline. Derick proposed to Kelsey, on a sea grass covered bluff, which overlooked the mouth of the Columbia River & Pacific Ocean. It was breathtakingly beautiful! Years ago, Derick had camped at that same park as a boy. When he had seen that bluff, he promised that he would propose to his future wife there. Sure enough, 24 years later he fulfilled that dream and promise!!
6: I HAVE WAITED MY WHOLE LIFE TO FIND YOU . . . In my life, so many times I felt alone, cheated and unloved. I continually asked God, “What was wrong with me? Why did I not deserve to be happy?” I had no clue to why this was happening. When I got to the lowest point in my life, I turned to God. I prayed for guidance to do what I needed to get my life back. The only problem is I didn’t want my life back. I wanted a better life I had never experienced. God said that I haven’t blessed you because you haven’t blessed me with your thoughts and actions. I definitely had some things that I needed to change to have that life. I prayed for strength and wisdom as the journey began. He granted me those heavenly gifts to move on, and out of the blue, you appeared. My wonderful angel arrived. You are so tall, beautiful & intelligent. Everything I ever wanted. God had given me the gift of you, since I made the changes to my life I need to. Kelsey, you have forever changed my life in countless ways. You have blessed me & my family. I know now what God was doing all those years. God was getting me ready for you, my partner, my friend & my lover. You could call it divine intervention; I call it a wonderful life. You have given me an overflowing glass of love, respect and self worth. I now understand what it’s like to live life to the fullest. Every day I wake up next to you is a good day. But today is one of those great days! There are only a few days in your life that will even come close to this day. The type of day you will always remember for the rest of your life. You may ask why this is? I answer simply, because this the day I ask you to marry me! Kelsey Michelle Miller, “Will you marry me?”
10: April 28, 2012 | Kingston, WA
22: Bride getting ready photos | Getting Ready
26: Bride getting ready photos | Getting ready for the big day with all of my favorite women... Mom & Wendy Rachael & Leasha Taylor & Savannah | It's Here!
28: Here we are getting ready for one of the biggest day's of my life. I wouldn't have wanted to share this moment with anyone other than the people I value the most in life: my brothers & my friends. John. Tim. Dave. Thank you. | The Big Day!
32: It's In
33: The Details
40: "Love is patient, love is kind. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres...." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
53: Derick, today is the day I become your wife! I am so honored and blessed to stand before you, as we commit our lives to one another. I have dreamt of you my whole life, and I can't believe that you are here - standing in front of me! Derick, you have shown me what true love and trust is. I know God made you especially for me, and that you are a true gift -and I promise you that I will love you, trust you, honor you our marriage and our family for eternity. You are my challenger, my lover and my rock! You make me want to be the best I can be! I love you so much and am so grateful for the love and trust you have shown me, and for the opportunity to be your best friend, teammate and your devoted wife.. Every day I fall more and more in love with you, and I look forward to the many wonderful years we have ahead of us! I love you!
54: My dearest Kelsey, I have never met another that compares to you. No other woman will do. You have an unmatched combination of love, honesty and respect for me and my family. These are the qualities that I fell in love with and I treasure most about you. This covenant that we are about to make I will never take for granted. This is a decision for life and because of this decision we are solidified and anchored by God where love begins. In this journey together, I will show you the same love, honesty and respect that you have shown me. My patience may be tried from time to time, but thankfully I have learned the keys to patience, which are acceptance and faith. Kelsey, I accept you as you are, and know that I will always honor you as my wife. Have faith in me, and in yourself, but most importantly in God, and the direction He has chooses for us. For if we follow His path for our lives, and keep walking in that direction, we will be blessed for eternity. This is my solemn vow to you.
79: JUST D A N C E
86: Wedding Night | at Clearwater Resort
87: Mailing our Marriage License
88: ANTIGUA, WEST INDIES
89: COCOBAY RESORT
91: Cocobay Resort
96: St. John
97: Antigua | $16,000 Rolex
98: Sailing the Sea
100: Zipline | Kayak
106: I will Be Yours ... Forever