They walked into the coffee shop hand in hand, laughing together. “That’s got to be them,” I thought, thinking about the couple my sister had told me about. “You have to meet them, Paige,” she said, “they are so cute!”

 

That was over four years ago. Carina has been a huge inspiration and encouragement to me over the years. She has challenged me to pursue my dreams and yet keep God first. She has shared her knowledge in marketing with me. And she has been the model of what I hope to be someday: a confident woman, a loving wife, and a patient mother.

 

It’s been fun to watch their little family bloom, from their very first session >> There love story started in second grade << to now, almost ready to welcome their baby boy.

 

Brandon and Carina, thank you for being an example of what love really is. Can’t wait to meet this lil guy so very soon!

 

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf
Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

Guam family session by destination wedding photographer, Paige Overturf

 

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The last few years have been an incredible journey.

 

Along the way I’ve met some of the most awesome families. Words can’t express what a privilege it is to photograph these families every year and watch the kiddos grow into their own personalities. It’s like being an aunt to hundreds of nieces and nephews.

 

The Knight’s were one of my first clients when I started this photography adventure on Guam. As Navy life has it, they moved a few years later to Coronado island – another one of this world’s most gorgeous destinations. Stoked to not only be able to call my clients friends, but feel as if we’re one big family.

 

Next time I see the Knight family they’ll have moved once again, this time we’ll be saying Aloha!

 

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Coronado Island family session by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
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One big party.

 

Anyone that knows Tonya would describe her that way. She is a walking party.

 

It’s been awesome to watch these kiddos grow up over the past few years. All of them so full of personality. So much alike and yet, so much their own person.

 

My favorite part about the Murphy’s family session every year is watching the way they interact with each other. But mostly, I love how the guys try to keep a straight face, but every time, without fail, Tonya makes them laugh.

 

This family is a party. Always.

 

Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.

Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.

Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.

Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.

Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.

Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.

Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.

Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.

Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.

Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.

Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.

Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.

Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.
Guam family session at Asan Park by Destination Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer, Paige Overturf.

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“It was love at first sight. I don’t know if you can say that at eleven years old, but I fell for her the first day we met.”

 

It was a quiet Monday morning in Ramona, California. Tools were set in their places and wood was neatly stacked against the wall of Dollick Design’s wood shop. For Chad and Aileen, this was so much more than a business. This was their way to grow together as a family.

 

Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

 

Let’s take it back several years to a warm California Christmas eve. Chad and Aileen were 11 and 13. “It was love at first sight,” Chad said, “I don’t know if you can say that at 11 years old, but I fell for her the first day we met.”

 

Their two families had gone to look at Christmas lights together. “We were all going for a walk,” Chad continued, “I wanted attention from Aileen so I started pulling her pony tale. She was ignoring me so I kept pulling it. That’s when she whipped around and told me to ‘grow up!’ Right then I thought, I want to marry this girl.”  Chad recalls, “As silly as that sounds at eleven years old, I never dated anyone until we went on our first date. I had her in my sights since the age of eleven.”

 

Aileen chuckled, “I didn’t know of his interest in me. I guess I was oblivious to it.” Years later, as waves crashed against the rocks in the evening light, Chad got down on one knee and asked Aileen to marry him.

 

For Chad and Aileen, family is most important. “I could have a part time job,” Aileen explains, “but I’d rather be spending time investing in my family.” This is where Dollick Designs comes into play, “Chad works in law enforcement, which pays the bills. Dollick Designs was started so we could work together to earn money for family activities.”

 

Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

“I used to come up with these ideas I wanted and Chad would make them for me. Soon, friends began to ask where I bought the stuff around my house.” It wasn’t long before Dollick Designs was on Etsy selling high quality wood signs with a vintage and old school touch, “Some months we have over 100 orders, it could easily turn into a full time job.”

 

So, what does the sign making process look like? “We go to the hardware store and pick up 8-10 foot planks of wood in different widths. “All of our signs are made from white pine because it distresses best.”

 

After arriving home with their freshly chosen planks of wood, Chad cuts the wood into the correct sizes. “We have hundreds of designs for customers to choose from.” The sign is then sanded down so it’s perfectly smooth and the base color is painted on.

 

Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

 

Next, Chad and Aileen use their special technique to add the design followed by two to three layers of paint. “It takes time for each coat to dry before we can continue the process.” Once the paint is dry, Chad uses tools to distress the sign, giving it an old school vibe. After sanding the wood again to blend everything together, the sign is ready for staining. “This is our favorite part,” Aileen excitedly says, “at this point, we’ve painted, distressed, and sanded the sign. The look of the sign changes drastically with the staining!” With the final touch of Polyurethane giving a semi-gloss look, the sign is set to dry for the final time.

 

Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

 

Chad and Aileen love working together, both having their own jobs in the design process. “I do most of the painting,” Aileen says, “and we both do the staining.” What takes them 3 hours between the two of them would take 6-10 with just one person working. “I usually wait for Chad to get home from work and we paint together in the evenings when the kids are in bed.”

 

On the weekends, the kids love to find jobs to help their parents. “They look for trash to throw away and anything that helps us. They also love to take the scraps of wood and use chalk to paint on them.” For the Dollicks, this is a family hobby that helps with the finances.

 

Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

 

Dollick Designs aims for top quality service. “We make every sign as if it will hang in our house,” Chad says, “I’ve thrown signs away halfway through the process because I wouldn’t hang it in my house. I throw it out and start over. I want someone to feel like this sign is something I am making for myself. It’s a personal touch. Unless it is perfect in it’s own distressed way, we won’t sell it.”

 

One thing will never change for Chad and Aileen, “Family has to come first.”

 

Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf
Dollick Designs based out of San Diego, California by destination photographer, Paige Overturf

 

I admire the Dollicks for the way they value family, the way they choose to invest in their kids, and how they serve others so diligently. The signs from Dollick Designs in my office will forever be a reminder to me that family always comes first.

 

Order your sign today on their Etsy shop!

To keep up with the latest designs, sales, and happenings, head on over to the Facebook and Instagram page.

 

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There is a gentleness in a man’s eyes that only one girl can put there. The girl he truly loves.

 

Remember Cara, my neighbor when we were 6 year old girls living in Chicago? The friend who I lost contact with until we found each other on facebook years later. The friend who met a guy named Dan, fell in love, and married him in a small ceremony in the town of Manassas, Virginia. [view their Wilmington engagement session here]

 

Snow dusted the lawn, crunching beneath their feet as they walked to the church. It was late fall in Virginia and leaves were floating through the air creating a blizzard of orange and yellow.

 

I saw it on their faces that day. A softness in their eyes. A whisper in their voices. With family and friends gathered from near and far, two best friends were about to become forever.

 

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