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Kirsten + Keaton

 

I love when two entirely different cultures join into one. Kirsten, originally from China, and Keaton, born and raised in the U.S. The two families came together today, one speaking English and the other Mandarin. They beautifully intertwined both culture’s traditions into a single day. Beginning with a Chinese Tea Ceremony and finishing with a Christian wedding.

 

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Keaton and Kirsten are a life loving, adventure seeking couple who recently moved to Portland, Organ without a set plan simply for the experience. Having dated many years and legally being married a full year already, I’ve rarely seen a couple more in love. Every moment they’re together, one has to be touching the other. They’re constantly joking, smiling, and holding each other’s hand. If I were to define a perfect relationship, they would be the definition.

 

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Just looking at this beautiful scenery you’d never know they were getting married in Oklahoma. Let alone in Keaton’s family’s neighborhood. The perfectly symmetric forests, tall rocky peaks, and abundantly flowing rivers would suggest otherwise.

 

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I’m honored to have been chosen to shoot their wedding and be a part of such an important day. And what an amazing day it was! They made me feel more like a guest than a hired photographer. I wish the best for Kirsten & Keaton. And I hope soon to visit Portland, Organ. If I was this impressed with Medicine Park, Oklahoma, I can’t imagine the natural beauty in their new hometown!

 

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Couch Surfing

How cool is it that we live in an age of endless travel options. Fly or drive, taxi or Uber, hotel or a total strangers spare bedroom. It sounds creepy, but thanks to 5 minutes of research on my phone, I am currently experiencing my first overnight stay in a stranger’s personal home. I know people do this all the time, I know Air BnB has been a thing forever, but that doesn’t downplay the fact that I love this!
Cindy is an ex-military home-owner with two dogs. A rather large and cuddly 140 lb great dane known as “the horse”, and a small, yet abnormally muscular, 40 lb hound she refers to as “the horse’s butt”. The horse thinks she’s a lap dog, the horses butt thinks she’s Godzilla. Although both looking ferocious, they will only fight for your affection.
Cindy just listed her spare bedroom a couple weeks ago on AirBnB on the drive home from Chicago just out of curiosity and the ability to make a couple extra bucks. I’m her first customer! So this will be a new experience for the both of us. And so far so good! Cindy’s husband is currently deployed overseas for, what she tells me, will be a  a 14 – 16 month stay.. She works here in Lawton, OK with rescue animals. Her great dane is actually a rescue herself and her little hound-schwarzenegger is a PTSD service dog.

It’s so awesome being able to meet new people every day and hearing their unique stories. Just earlier today on my drive to Lawton as I was getting gas I noticed the vehicle next to me was a stretched Hummer h2 with Back to the Future style gull-wing doors. Interested, I asked the driver, Jeff, about it. That little spark of interested lit the fire which became a 10 minute story about his experience transporting professional WWE wrestler, Triple H, and his father-in-law, Vince McMahon. He talk about how truly down-to-earth and kind they were. And how a simple act of kindness rewarded this limo driver beyond what he could have expected. What had happened was that he was hired to drive the wrestlers from the BOK center in Tulsa, Oklahoma to the airport. Well, after Triple H and Vince were delivered to their Jet, they got a call from Triple H, Paul Michael Levesque’s, pregnant wife that her limo (from another company) had broke down. So Jeff, off duty for the night, took it upon himself to drive back to the event center, pick up the rest of the family, and quickly bring them back to their jet. Paul shakes Jeff’s hand, slipping him a tip as generally expected, and they go their separate ways. Later that night, as Jeff arrives home, he pulls out his tips for the night and begins counting his earnings. To his surprise, he discovers two $1,000 bills! I didn’t even know $1,000 were a thing! But sure enough, they are, and he was tipped $2,000 for going above and beyond.

A truly selfless act of kindness, no matter how insignificant, rarely goes unnoticed. It’s something that’s becoming increasingly rare this day in age. It’s something that stands out and, in turn, inspires others to do the same. Kindness is contagious, it’s healing, if you have the opportunity to be kind, take advantage of it.

I can’t wait to meet all the amazing people at tomorrow’s wedding!

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