I interrupt this feed of weddings, engagements and seniors with a gorgeous event I got to shoot back in April. People, get ready for whimsy.
All this and more is what colors the experience of Susie Davis's (aka my cute mom) Acts 246 Dinner, where women gather to break bread and seek Jesus.
Susie loves people through beauty, and this wouldn't be her event if it wasn't basically all white everything with touches of pink Geranium blooms, vintage linens, vintage china and silverware, and candles in abundance adding a little glitter to ambiance.
It also wouldn't be my mom's event if a local Austin artisan wasn't included and spotlighted in some way. She used these little turquoise ring dishes as parting gifts, which were made special for the dinner by the talented Julie Spako.
But once the tables were set and the candles lit, the real fun began when the guests began to arrive. My mom has childlike exuberance, and I think that makes people feel super loved and valued.
Little sister Sardy (Sara Regan of Davis Music) got some of those welcoming genes too.
Soon though, everyone has arrived and it's time to gather together, share a meal, and share our hearts. There was laughter. There were tears. There was joy, healing and encouragement. It was Acts 2:46.
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.
Though the sun eventually went to bed, we stayed late into the evening celebrating community (and birthdays) and worshipping under the stars.
If anyone out there needs a worship leader for their event, you can't do better than Sara. She can lead full band sets for huge DNow group. She masterfully ushers the Spirit into a room with a handful of women. She's gifted and anointed.
Being part of this event reminded me of the immense importance of community. I left grateful to have met and photographed so many women who deeply desire Christ-centered connection. Differences like age, interests and home addresses didn't matter. Regardless of it's packaging, every heart in attendance was seen, loved, and held gently in the arms of acceptance, encouragement and understanding.
I also left so grateful for my Mom, who cares for people deeply and loves Jesus with all of her being. If you'd like to get to know her better, I'm willing to bet the feeling is mutual. Encouragement and joy just explode out of her, and if you'd like to get some of that in your life, she hosts a podcast that is guaranteed to leave an impact. She also blogs, writes books, and is better at Insta than I am.
If you'd like to be part of the next 246 event with Susie, she has them regularly and would love to have you! Head to her website for more info.