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It seems like yesterday, but all those years ago the main reason Anna & I started Three Pennies was to escape our 9-5s & allow us more time to work with each other. These past few years have not only brought us closer to each other but they have introduced us to some of the best people we’ve ever known. While Three Pennies has always been a way to creatively capture the beautiful story of others, we’ve simultaneously become involved with an incredible community of friends & like minded businesses. Working alongside so many brides has also increased the strength of our own marriage by consistently challenging us to keep our love simple & pure. All of our brides have given us so much encouragement & excitement when we needed it the most. Our main wish for all our couples has always been that their joy & satisfaction in each other continues to thrive throughout their marriage. Continue reading

A few weeks ago Anna and I set out for Kenya. This trip has been on my mind for years and finally the stars aligned just right for this adventure to happen. My family lived in a small town in Kenya called Kitale, where my dad worked with the Pokot, a local tribe. Since we left 15 years ago I’ve had a longing to go back with the only agenda being to re-visit all those friends and places that we loved so much.

When we landed in Nairobi, I knew this trip was going to be huge. It’s a very surreal feeling to lay eyes on the places that until then were only memories. Immediately sites, sounds, and smells seemed so familiar and in a strange way I felt home. Our trip was in three parts. We spent one week visiting my hometown. Having no idea where the people that worked with us were or even the exact address to our old house, we were on the hunt from the beginning. Amazingly we stayed in a hostel only 1/2 a mile from my old house and were able to connect with all the Kenyans my parents worked with. Our hearts were so full re-living all these memories and sharing photos of everything from so long ago.

Anna had never been to Kenya so when we spent the second week on a safari in the Maasai Mara she was speechless. First off, the camp we were staying was one of the nicest places we’ve ever stayed. Our tent was right on the Mara River and hippos would walk between the tents at night. We’d have breakfast right near a watering hole where elephant, giraffe, and all sorts of animals were only 100ft from us. It was indescribable seeing all the wildlife up close on the most amazing landscape we’d ever seen. Our photos only give a glimpse of what we saw. There truly is nothing like seeing the rains come rushing across the Kenya plains.

Our last week was spent with some dear friends at the Kijabe Cure Hospital. Cure is an organization one of our friends works with and they sponsor surgeries for kids from all over Kenya. The hospital was an incredible thing to witness and the kids in there were nothing but smiles and laughter. We did a few photos here but we mostly just spent time loving on the kids before and after their surgeries.

All in all this trip was the best adventure we’ve had so far and so much more than we could describe. It’s a unique experience to take on another culture for several weeks. We loved our time there and highly recommend everyone go at least once. We’ve posted about 1/10,000 of the images we took but I hope you enjoy looking through them.

Kitale Market

A lot of family memories at Kitale Golf Club.

Lake Victoria

Spot the leopard. 

Evening rains coming into the mara.

One of Anna’s top moments at the elephant orphanage.  

Brides and all things wedding are the usual on the Three Pennies blog. Today we thought we’d change it up a bit.

It’s really only been a few months since we met Eryn and Jared. We’ve known of them for years yet for one reason or another just really never made the connection. OH how happy we are that we did. Last week, the four of us got away for a little vacation (much needed) and I’m pretty sure the Amelia Island getaway was fantastic. This post is less about sharing beach photos and more about singing the praises of our friends.

These two are truly a force for good and creativity. They live and breath what they’re passionate about. Not only have they defeated the myth of the impossibility of married couples working together but they’ve become a great encouragement to us. Anna and I came into this vacation with the weight of business and craft looming over our heads; we left rested and energized for what’s to come. Eryn and Jared did such a great job helping us re-realized how much fun there is in these lives we lead. There is literally too much to tell about these two, so we highly recommend checking out all that they are involved with. (Less Made, 8BIT , So Worth Loving, and Eddy Music). Follow their stories and we promise you’ll love it.

We know all too well how rare it is to find friends such as these and we are truly grateful for these two. Hope you enjoy some vaca photos.

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