Monday, July 21, 2014

Our Amazing God

The Lord is SO GOOD!! 

We have been praying for nearly a year for direction and career jobs and looking back it is freaky how clearly God's hand was in all of this. 

For six full months we applied to over seventy jobs, had phone interviews, networked, etc. and tried to slowly build a network in the place we strongly felt God moving us toward. 

Of course it was really hard when May rolled around, we graduated, got married, and had to stay in our small town in VA (we are definitely both city people!), but we knew it was exactly what we needed to be doing at the time. 

When we tried to plan too much He kept us in Virginia to get our sight back on Him, to learn patience, and to grow in our faith. 

Then, when we finally settled in and quieted our hearts, the Lord opened a door. 

A gigantic door!

On the very same day Stan and I both received phone calls. 

Stan got a job offer, and I got an offer for a phone interview. 

Both were at amazing companies! 

The very next day Stan was told that he got a job at our alma mater, Liberty University, from a board of interviewers he had met with earlier in the week. 

We had no idea what to do! 

All of a sudden we were faced with so many choices, that of course were incredible blessings, but still definitely overwhelmed us! 

Stan was volunteering in Austin at a convention called RTX run by Rooster Teeth. I wasn't originally going to go because the cost of plane tickets, but after having a very successful phone interview decided it would definitely be worth an interview! 

When we were down there we absolutely fell in love with Austin. It felt like home, and thankfully it is home now!!

I was offered a job at an interior design company in Austin that does work nationally. I could not be more excited!

We ask for prayers now as we have a week to pack and three days to drive down to Texas to be there on the 1st of August! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

I'm Back!!

So after several months of CRAZY HECTIC life I've decided it's time I attend to my blog again!

It has been WAY too long! 

Anyway, in the past few months I have graduated from college... 

got married to the most incredible man

went on a seriously fun honeymoon!

officially moved into our new apartment

and then got a job in Austin, Texas!

and now we're moving again!

God is SO GOOD!

Come back soon to read about how our amazing God has taken us on this incredible journey!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Jenna Bechtholt Photography AND the Announcement of the Jewelry Giveaway Winner!!

Happy Friday!! 

I don't know about you guys, but I am BEYOND ready for the weekend. 

As you all know, last Thursday started an awesome jewelry giveaway brought to us by Katelyn from Bow & Bling from her Etsy shop

And TODAY we announce the winner!! 

Drum roll please.... 

And the winners are! 

1. Laura Kathleen
2. Micaela Adwell (love your name by the way!)
3. Trish Crimmins Flynn
4. Kaylyn Laws
5. Patti LeBlanc
6. Lalena Janke
7. Brooke Cockrell

Winners, make sure you check your inboxes for an email from Katelyn!

And now, here is Jenna's GORGEOUS photography business! 

Hi guys! I’m back for round two on the Mikaela Rae blog! And
now that you know a bit about me I would love to share some more about my
photography business,  Jenna BechtholtPhotography!

My personal photography style has a simple and relaxed feel to it and my main goal is to make sure every person that steps in front of my camera feels comfortable and confident! I specialize in natural light wedding photography which means that I utilize the natural light of the day to give my photographs a bright and airy feel to them. I believe in simplicity but that doesn’t mean I don’t notice the little details! From the lace of a wedding dress and the bride’s antique earrings to the cake topper and sweet smile of the groom’s grandma, I
know every element of a wedding is important and I work hard to document each detail! 

But enough talking, let me show you...


While I love everything wedding related, I also adore lifestyle sessions ranging from engagements and families to maternity and business portraits. These images are from a recent Laguna Beach engagement session that I did with a lovely couple planning on getting married next year. These engagement photos are a perfect example of my style and brand - full of love, beautifully lit, and captured in a hand picked location. See the full post of Paige and Kyle’s engagement session right HERE!

I also love collaborating with other talented wedding vendors to create stunning styled shoots that help to inspire brides!

 Check out my latest collaboration with a talented Los Angeles florist right HERE!


So, if you or someone you know are getting married soon or perhaps you are interested in
doing a fun and mellow lifestyle session with your family, come on over to my blog and send me a quick hello! I love to meet new people and can’t wait to hear more about your special story!

To receive seasonal promotions, the latest news & fun photography related tips from yours truly don't forget to sign up for my monthly newsletter! Take a second and join in on all the fun right HERE!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Meet Jenna

Happy Monday! 

I woke up feeling just like this. 

But then I started laughing to myself because I thought of Chandler and Friends and my day got immediately more interesting. 

And yes. I'm aware I'm weird.

Or at least easily entertained. 

ANYWAY, I digress. 

Today, I am SO stinking excited to introduce you to one of my favorites! Jenna is an extremely talented photographer from the west coast, and she is awesome! 

Her photography will be on the blog THIS THURSDAY. So don't miss it!! 

Here she is! 

Hi, all of you Mikaela Rae readers! 

I am so honored to be doing a guest post for Mikaela today. I truly adore Mikaela's little corner on the web and I'm thrilled to share with all of you a little bit about me! :)

My name is Jenna and my idea of a good time is enjoying a bit of my favorite Mexican cuisine followed by a sprinkled donut and a good reality TV marathon. 

I am a native Southern California girl but have a deep love for the Pacific Northwest. Seattle holds a very special place in my heart and not only because my cute husband is from there! Simply put, I adore all of the greenery found in the PNW and actually don't mind the wetness! 

I am a home body by nature and will typically choose baking a homemade pizza and snuggling up on the couch with a blanket over going out for a big night on the town.

Another fun fact about me is that I am a Los Angeles wedding and lifestyle photographer at Jenna Bechtholt Photography

I have always loved taking pictures and after I finished college I decided to turn my lifelong passion into a career. I chose to focus on wedding photography because I love every aspect of wedding celebrations. The decor, beautiful attire, tasty treats, amazing venues and, not to mention, a glowing couple celebrating their love for one another. While my main focus is weddings I also do lifestyle sessions which vary from engagements, families, maternity and professional portraits. Although I primarily service Southern California, I happily travel far and wide to document couple’s wedding celebrations, as well as various lifestyle sessions. 

So, if you aren’t currently living in SoCal, don’t worry, I love to travel!

Check back in on THURSDAY to read more about Jenna's photography and see more of how awesomely talented she is!! 


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