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Rise Festival | Together We Rise.

People gathered from all over to see thousands of lanterns RISE into the sky. We made the trip from San Diego to the Mojave Desert just for the event and we were not disappointed. The experience was magical, spiritual, it was so amazing to be a part of something, where people were openly sharing their stories, their celebrations, fears and love.

We met Tayler and Nate, my sister and brother in-laws there. We both had our “twin” babies in tow and got a spot in the family section. There was plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the ambiance. A live band played and we got food at one of the food trucks. As I walked around the grounds, I couldn’t help but notice so many couples hugging, kissing, people writing messages on the lantern, some were happy, some with remembrance or sadness. There were people old and young, small families, teenagers, people from all walk of life were there to celebrate.

I can’t quite put into words the feeling I had when the lanterns started to RISE. It was overwhelming… the ethereal music playing, looking around seeing tears rolling down peoples’ cheeks, I couldn’t help but cry. I looked at Tayler, both of us holding our littles, both with happy tears. It was an experience I will never forget.

After that initial launch, standing in awe of the thousands of lanterns in the sky, we let the little boys send a few off with the help of Dad. Watching Clay help Ezra and his excitement was priceless. I loved every second.

If you ever get a chance, GO. You must. It was incredible and I cannot wait for next year. Oh and next year I am taking a legit camera. My iPhone just didn’t do it justice.

Look closely for us in the video! My brother in law, Nate Gunn was part of making this film sooo we snuck in the tiniest little cameo. 🙂

If you have ever been, I would LOVE to hear about your experience!


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  • Reply Sally

    I’m going this year in October! So excited! I totally teared up just watching their video, I can’t imagine what a mess i’ll be when I am physically there HA. Glad you had such a great time. Any tips on things we should be prepared for or bring?

    May 19, 2016 at 11:23 am
    • Reply

      So excited for you!! You will love it.

      I can’t remember if you can bring in food + water. But I recommend it if you can. I also recommend arriving early because traffic on the 15 fwy gets pretty crazy. We will go really early this year.

      May 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm
      • Reply Sally

        Good to know! Thank you!

        May 20, 2016 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Lindsay Goldfine

    I’m getting teary just reading this! I wanna go!!

    May 19, 2016 at 1:46 pm
    • Reply

      Let’s go together!!!

      May 19, 2016 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Sally Fazeli

    This looks like such an incredible festival! My eyes filled just watching the video so goodness knows what I’d be like in real life. Lovely to see a glimpse of you and Tayler in there too 🙂 xxx

    May 23, 2016 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Alison

    I just booked our flights! We are flying down from Washington for the October Festival! We are so excited! (:

    May 26, 2016 at 8:23 pm
    • Reply

      Amazing!! Maybe I’ll see you there! 😉

      May 30, 2016 at 11:08 pm

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