Joshua Marin and Christine Torti’s Wedding


Their love story began with a spark on the Forth of July!  Christine and Rosita were in Nursing School together, and Rosita introduced Christine to her cousin, Joshua, at their family picnic on Independence Day. As the fireworks were lighting up the sky, they were falling in love.

Their love story continued as Josh proposed by making a video asking Christine’s parents’ blessing for Christine’s hand in marriage, and he then had the video played at a movie theater during the previews for Doctor Strange.

Weddings by Tirzah Central Texas Wedding Josh and Christine Marin Engagement

Christine had her Bridal Shower at Tirzah, our vintage venue.  It was hosted by her friend, Rosita, whom Christine had asked to be her Maid of Honor.

Weddings by Tirzah Central Texas Bridal Shower Josh Marin and Christine Torti

During the shower, they played the Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Shower Game.  The game had everyone laughing!

Bridal Shower at Tirzah - Toilet Paper Game

It is always so amazing to see the Couple’s wedding vision come together into a magical day.  Candice Bahnsen with Tirzah designed several personalized chalkboards for the special event.

Weddings by Tirzah Central Texas Wedding Josh and Christine Marin Wedding Chalkboard Art

Josh and Christine were married in the beautiful St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Temple, Texas.

Weddings by Tirzah Central Texas Wedding Josh and Christine Marin Wedding St Mary's Catholic Church

There are several parts to a wedding that are my favorite such as the Groom seeing his Bride for the first time as she is walking down the aisle, or the Pronouncement of Marriage when the couple is introduced as husband and wife … “you may now kiss the Bride,” but I love getting to witness a very sentimental moment with the Bride and her Dad just moments before she walks down the aisle. 

Weddings by Tirzah Central Texas Wedding Josh and Christine Marin Wedding Father Daughter Walking Down the Aisle

The wedding ceremony was very beautiful witnessed by many family and friends.

Weddings by Tirzah Central Texas Wedding Josh and Christine Marin Wedding St Mary's Church

Joshua and Christine Marin - Weddings by Tirzah - St. Mary's Catholic Church

The Couple’s reception was held at Cathedral Oaks, a grand 6,800-square-feet event center nestled on six oak-covered acres. The picturesque setting provides a serene experience from beginning to end.

The reception facility has a plush Bride Room where the bride and her bridesmaids enjoyed mimosas in their matching bathrobes as they were getting ready for the big celebration.

Weddings by Tirzah Central Texas Wedding Josh and Christine Marin Wedding Bridesmaids Bathrobes

Cathedral Oaks Bridal Portrait Back of Wedding Dress - Weddings by Tirzah

During the toasts, the Groom started by toasting to all of the guests.  The Best Man, Maid of Honor, and the Father of the Bride toasted sweet words to the Bride and Groom including a beautiful quote … “Love isn’t always perfect. It isn’t a fairy tale or a storybook, and it doesn’t always come easy. Love is overcoming obstacles, facing challenges, fighting to be together, holding on and never letting go. It is a short word, easy to spell, difficult to define, and impossible to live without. Love is work, but most of all, Love is realizing that every hour, every minute, and every second was worth it because you did it together.”

Weddings by Tirzah Central Texas Wedding Josh and Christine Marin Wedding Toasts

CJ’s Event Catering served a delicious meal at the reception. The professional photographer was Shane with Captivating Weddings, and the DJ was Andrew Trevino. Georgetown Blooms was the florist for the bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres.  Confetti Rentals created a wow factor with their impressive design as you entered the reception hall.

Cathedral Oaks Swag

The wedding dance represents the first steps the Bride and Groom take together set to music.

Weddings by Tirzah Central Texas Wedding Josh and Christine Marin Wedding First Dance
Check out the photobomber at the entrance taking a photo! :)

The Bride and Groom included some sweet touches to the celebration such as a donut wall that was specially made by the Groom’s parents, and the dessert table and donut display were arranged by Candice Bahnsen.

Dessert Table with Donut Wall - Donuts Designed by Tirzah

Dreaming of our perfect donut wall - Dessert Table with Donut Wall - Donuts Designed by Tirzah

For their final farewell, their guests lit the way with sparklers for a picture perfect exit.

Sparkler Send Off - Weddings by Tirzah

Sparkler Send Off - Weddings by Tirzah
Let Love Sparkle!

A very special moment for us during the evening was having the Mother of the Bride tell us it was such a delight having us there. Those sweet words are a treasure!

After the wedding, the couple travelled to Moorea for their Honeymoon and stayed at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, and then adventured on to Bora Bora and stayed at the Four Seasons.

Josh and Christine had many romantic and exciting memories from Polynesian dancing, to kayaking in the turquoise waters, to a Submarine Scooter excursion.

Honeymoon - Bora Bora and Moorea

Honeymoon - Bora Bora and Moorea - Kayaking

Honeymoon - Bora Bora and Moorea - Scooter Adventure Ride

Honeymoon - Bora Bora and Moorea - Submarine Scooter Excursion

Honeymoon - Bora Bora and Moorea - Loving Life and Making Memories
Loving life and making memories!

We are so happy for the sweet Couple. We wish them many years of love, happiness, exciting adventures, and cherished memories!! ?

Weddings by Tirzah - Joshua and Christine Marin - Cathedral Oaks - Candice and Diana
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Texas-size Family Fun in the Belton Historical District


Belton, Texas, Parks and Recreation hosted a Free Tubing and Movie in the Park event on Saturday, June 10, 2017, behind The Gin.

Floating on Nolan Creek was a fun way to beat the heat of the afternoon. All of the children were having a blast, but I had just as much fun as the kids riding the small rapids. People typically bring their own tubes at this event, but tubes were available for people to use.

Tirzah Travels - Belton Texas - Tubing on Nolan Creek - Family Fun

Tirzah Travels - Belton Texas - Taylor Tubing

We enjoyed a live music performance on the banks of Nolan Creek by a band known as Touch Of Class. As they performed on the Main Stage, they played great dance hits from the 1950’s to today as the crowd was dancing to the awesome tunes. For more information on the band and their schedule, see

Tirzah Travels - Belton Texas - Band Touch of Class

After tubing, we walked to Scores Sports Bar on S. East Street to get some pizza to eat while we were waiting for the movie to start when the sun went down.

Tirzah Travels - Belton Texas - Scores Sports Bar

The movie, Sing, was played on the big screen. The story-line was about a dapper Koala named Buster Moon that presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. He took one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, there were five contestants that emerged … a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.

Tirzah Travels - Belton Texas - Movies Under the Stars - Sing

The community event was successful in achieving many measures such as making fun affordable for everyone with the various social activities in the Downtown Belton Historical District; people were enjoying the beauty of nature and getting some exercise while having fun; connecting with others in the community helps to form lasting friendships; and the fun family-time creates wonderful memories that last a lifetime.  All of these quality metrics strengthen the community for a wonderful place to live.

Tirzah Travels - Belton Texas - Movies Under the Stars - Family Fun

The picturesque setting, tubing on the creek, dancing in the park, pizza, laughter, and movies under the stars made the perfect combination for building memories! ?


Photography:  Sing - Belton Parks & Recreation

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Our First Wedding at Tirzah – Jake Roehl and Whitney Joeckel’s Wedding


Jake Roehl and Whitney Joeckel are the very first couple to celebrate their dream day, their wedding, in this beautiful historic building, Tirzah!

Jake and Whitney’s wedding was a very meaningful and intimate occasion. Having a small wedding let them incorporate special moments that would be difficult to include in a large wedding. For instance, as their guests entered, each one found a card on a prayer board with a prayer inside that was written just for them.

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Prayer Board

They even wrote a prayer for me and Cory that we treasure.

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Prayer Board Diana Cory

For the couple’s Guest Book, the guests signed a large wooden letter R with messages of love.

The couple chose not to have a first look prior to the wedding.  Jake arrived first at the venue, and he went into a separate area so that Whitney could go upstairs for the final touches of getting dressed for their wedding.

As the Bride was alone with her father before they walked down the aisle, they said a beautiful prayer together. They walked in to the song called, “Oceans … When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace. For I am Yours, and You are mine!”

Jake sees Whitney for the first time in her wedding dress as she is walking down the aisle.  This is a look of a man in love!

Jake Whitney Wedding First Look

Both the Bride and Groom wrote their own vows to each other. At the beginning, the Bride seemed a little nervous, but as the Groom was saying his vows to her, you could see her nervousness fade away and be replaced with a radiant smile.

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Wedding Ceremony

Two signature stand-out moments in this intimate ceremony included a Blessing of the Rings and a Feet Washing Ceremony. Their wedding rings were passed around the room on a beautiful small dish that read, “Amore.”  Each guest prayed a blessing over the rings, and then they passed the rings to the next guest.

Tirzah Real Wedding Blessing of the Rings Amore

Jake Whitney Wedding Ring Exchange

In the Feet Washing Ceremony, Whitney washed Jake’s feet. The beautiful symbolism of the act depicted their love and commitment; it demonstrated a humility of the heart, a sign of being humble, thoughtful, and willing to serve just as Jesus encouraged us to follow in his example.  In John 13:1-17, Jesus washed the disciples feet and instructed that we should do the same.

Tirzah Real Wedding Washing of the Feet Ceremony

Jake Whitney Wedding Feet Washing

Another personal touch was that they had a display to meet the “Maids and Men.” Each had four attendants, and then Jake also had a Best Girl, his daughter Paige. Letters were written about each of the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen with a story introducing each one.  The letter mentioned how they met and why it was important for them to stand by the Bride and Groom on their wedding day, and then some trivia that the guests might ask them to start a conversation.  It was a very nice way for the guests to learn about the wedding party.

Tirzah Real Wedding Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

After the ceremony, the newlyweds took pictures in the courtyard with the rustic rock wall as a backdrop.  The photographers for the event were Jade and Kyle Pierce.

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Rustic Rock Wall Backdrop Couple Photo
Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Rustic Rock Wall Backdrop Family Photo
First Family Photo
Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Rustic Rock Wall Backdrop Group Photo
Wedding Celebration with their closest Friends and Family

Since Jake proposed to Whitney on the beach, the reception design incorporated candle-lit lanterns with greenery and seashells. The colors of the wedding were navy with a hint of blush.

Tirzah Real Wedding Reception Tablescape

The florist for the event was Revyn Marburger with Ivory Bell Floral and Boutique. She provided the floral arrangements as well as the lanterns.

Jake and Whitney had a Sweetheart table at the head of the Grand Room.

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney

The Bride and Groom chose to have a dessert table with brownies that the Groom’s daughter had made and a small white cake; however, for their cutting of the cake, they cut the cutest cupcake with a little red heart on the top.

Tirzah Real Wedding Cupcake

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Cutting the Cupcake

After toasts and eating a delicious Bar-B-Que meal from Miller’s Smokehouse, they danced the night away under the stars. The first song that the couple danced to was “Who I Am With You” by Chris Young.

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney First Dance

When it was time for the Bouquet and Garter Toss, Jake’s daughter Paige caught the bouquet.

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Bouquet and Garter Toss

The couple said their goodbyes and had their final farewell. They laughingly entered the Grand Room, and they stopped to tell me bye and described their day as “magical!” ❤

For their getaway, they left in Jake’s jeep, and Jake lifted Whitney up to help her inside. They honeymooned in San Antonio, the City of Romance, and stayed at Hotel Emma on the Riverwalk at Pearl. Hotel Emma is a historical hotel that was once a 19th century Brewhouse.  The hotel was named in honor of Emma Koehler, who ran the brewery during Prohibition after her husband died.  This riverfront hotel has a genuine cultural flavor filled with a warm social experience.

Tirzah Honeymoon Hotel Emma San Antonio Texas Riverwalk

Tirzah Honeymoon San Antonio Hotel Emma Texas

Filled with faith and full of love, they each married “God’s Best” for each other.  It was a beautiful, heartfelt day full of personal touches!! ?

Groom Jake Bride Whitney Wedding Planner Diana Weddings by Tirzah

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Photography - Jade and Kyle Photography
Florist - Revyn Marburger with Ivory Bell Floral
Caterer - Miller's Smokehouse
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