A few months ago, Kristin Wall told me about a retreat in Washington for women who felt called to be a part of the leadership team for Delight & Be. For those of you who don’t know, Delight is an organization (soon to be officially non-profit status – donate here!) that encourages the spiritual, professional, and creative growth of young Christian women. Delight has been nothing short of a life changing experience for me, and even though I was hesitant to spend the money to head out to Washington, I KNEW that’s where God was calling me to go. So I booked a plane ticket and a month later I was sitting with my Bible staring out at the Columbia River, watching the mist roll in over the mountains and just soaking up God’s love. Seriously. I’ve never felt His presence so close, never felt so much joy in one place as I did in that beautiful house on the river in Brewster, Washington. With most of us being photographers, it was only natural that we had to have a little photo shoot at some point during the week. I was so sad to leave but I came home so fulfilled, rejuvinated, and excited for the future of Delight that the memories outweighed the sadness I felt after leaving. This is only a small group of the women we had at the leadership retreat. Every single person God specifically hand picked to be there, and it was truly AMAZING to be a part of such a driven, passionate, smart, and creative group! I miss you ladies so much and I can’t wait to see you all again someday!!

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Up first is my sweet best friend Meredith! Because we were just a little too excited to shoot under a willow tree, we didn’t quite know what to do with ourselves.

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Beautiful AnnMarie led worship at the Delight East Coast Retreat in April, and I had a dream she was going to be at the leader’s retreat… and a week later she had decided to come! I am always so blessed by her lovely voice and worshipping with her.

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Oh, Jessica… you have been a rock of strength for me this past year. God brought you into my life for such a specific reason and I’ve learned so much from you. You’re also so pretty and I LOVE your fiery red hair!!!

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Seriously, she could not be any prettier!!

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Clearly Meredith and I had a field day taking pictures of Jessica. Haha!! We were so excited to shoot alongside her :)

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

And here’s Mama Wall working her magic on Megan! So fun! Look how pretty it was where we stayed! This was literally in our backyard!

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Megan, I miss your laugh and your smile and your sense of humor. Whenever I felt like I was the only person who found something funny… I would glance over at you and loved seeing a smirk slowly make its way onto your face! :)

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Oh BRANDY…. 1) you’re beautiful. that HAIR. 2) I just love that we all describe you as a pillar… that’s totally what you are!!! It was truly so amazing to meet you!

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

So fierce!!

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Rachael, how I miss you! I loved our heart to hearts, learning so much about marriage from you, and just laughing over wedding day mishaps. You are a beautiful person inside and out and I can’t wait to come visit you in L.A.!

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Jessica and Meredith behind me taking pictures of Rachael. I was just waiting for one of us to fall off the dock. Haha!

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

I also got a few pictures taken of me! I can’t WAIT to see them! These ladies are so talented!

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Annnd just a few more of Meredith! We always joke that we have WAY too many pictures of each other… on her blog, every time she shares photos of me, she names the title “Megan Portraits Part IV” respectively… and I think she’s up to like XXII. Haha!!

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Brewster Washington Portraits Megan Kelsey Photography Delight and Be Leaders Retreat

Overall such an amazing experience… one that I can’t put into words! I love that God brought Delight into my life and introduced me to all of these phenomenal women and girls! I can’t wait for the next Delight retreat… :)

 

 

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