the peraltas


It’s such a cool thing to watch your long-time friend’s family grow. I remember late nights with Merrissa in highschool, lamenting about boys and dreaming of happy futures…with no idea of what life had in store for us. Knowing her hurts back then and getting to see her joys today is awesome.

Merrissa and Starling have a pretty cool story, but here’s a VERY brief summary of it:

Starling was born and raised in the Dominican Republic.
Merrissa went to the Dominican on a missions trip and met Starling.
They fell in love.
Starling moved to the U.S.
They spent every waking moment together.
After a long and arduous process with the government, Starling became a U.S. citizen.
They got married.
They had their first child, Blake…a sweet, energetic boy who changed their life.
Merrissa worked as an elementary teacher and Starling became a firefighter (which was uniquely challenging for him having to complete all his school work in his second language).
A little over a month ago, they had their second child, Elena…a beautiful little girl.

In a few words, Starling and Merrissa are passionate, strong, loyal, and they love Jesus. I am blessed to bare witness to their story, and it brings me so much joy to document a piece of it. This set of images celebrates baby Elena’s arrival into their world.


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