‘I do’ was not a moment but a place we’ve built on truth ...
We (Megan & Garrett Richardson) hosted four couples at our first ever marriage retreat this past June. SUSTAIN Paris 2018 was a COMPLETE success! Here are some photos and videos to see more about what it entailed!
Once all four couples arrived, we all took the metro to find some of Paris’ best street food and a wine picnic at the Seine River at sunset. Each couple bought a bottle and we dined as Parisians do in summer.
Each morning, Garrett photographed one couple at sunrise in different locations throughout Paris. Since our B&B was one metro stop from the Eiffel Tower, it made it easy to arrive right as the sun was rising over the city. At times, it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves!
We started each morning with fresh, local breakfast including coffee, juices, pastries, cheeses, charcuterie, eggs, and fruit! It was a dream.
On the final night before dinner, we had a rooftop champagne “cocktail hour,” reminiscing about the previous few days together and feeling really grateful.
Then we headed downstairs to surprise our couples with a fully decorated tablescape for our multi-course private chef dinner!
We had asked for the couples’ wedding vows ahead of time so that we could have a line from each custom calligraphied as a sort of place card and extra special detail.
SUSTAIN Paris went better than we could have dreamed or hoped for. We left feeling full (literally and figuratively), joyful, grateful, and humbled by the relationships we had the chance to form and the stories we were invited into. And it made us thrilled to keep dreaming about what the next retreats for SUSTAIN could turn into…
“Our time in Paris with Garrett was dreamy in every way. He knew all the secret spots in the city and took us on the most epic shoot. He made it feel like we were just exploring the city more than taking pictures. Neither of us had ever really done a photo shoot and he made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera, we had an absolute blast. The photos came out better than we could have imagined, we will truly cherish them forever!” -Kelsey & Andrew
If you would like to learn more about SUSTAIN, email us at SustainRetreat@gmail.com or direct message us on Instagram to get the conversation started. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have and look forward to meeting you!
We are Garrett & Megan Richardson and San Diego, California is home but we are BIG fans of travel if you haven't already noticed. After meeting on a study abroad trip to Greece, we’ve since traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. Megan is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist currently practicing with clients in at the San Diego Institute for Couples and Families and working at a local University. Garrett is a wedding photographer serving couples worldwide. He is drawn to timeless photography captured with a natural & authentic approach. We love our weekly date nights, turning strangers into friends, discovering new restaurants, and our two fluffy Maine Coon cats. We're passionate about the REAL stuff of life. Our marriage is far from perfect - we both bring wounds into our relationship and are daily learning what it means to choose each other. But, we love that Jesus came to bring reconciliation and restoration of all things and we have hope that marriages can experience wholeness and healing. Ultimately, we believe that if marriages are strong, families thrive and in turn, our world is changed for the better. So are you ready to sustain your marriage?
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