Photo Gallery: Wish You Were Here Launch Celebration

There’s been a lot of fun involved with writing my first novel — and a lot of hard work too. This past Saturday was all about fun! Family and friends joined with me to celebrate the launch of Wish You Were Hereand the wonderful photographer Lisa Anne Meeter, of Lisa Anne Photography, took photos for me.

My family has been the best support for me during this crazy, dream come true time. And I so appreciated that they prayed with me before the party began.

If you’re wondering how I felt about the day, this photo pretty much says it all: I had a blast! It was so much fun to be surrounded by family and friends who were excited about my novel. How could I not spend the day smiling and laughing?

Me with two of my dearest friends! Shari (middle) — well, let’s just say there wouldn’t have been a book launch party without her making it happen. And Sonia is my ever-faithful “Preferred Reader,” who gives me feedback on my novels.

This photo is one of my favorites! It’s me with my a-ma-zing agent, Rachelle Gardner. I thank God for blessing me with Rachelle’s influence in my life. (I also love how the photographer framed my wedding gown in the shot too.)



I enlarged the cover of WYWH and matted it. Guests signed it instead of a traditional guest book and I plan to frame it and hang it in my office.

I had lots of fun talking with people. I love the people God has brought into my life — and Saturday was a one-of-a-kind reminder that I have a lot to be thankful for. Oh! That ceramic plate on the table? My family made that for me. It looks like a stamp (think postcards & stamps, as in the postcards in WYWH) and says “First Edition” and has my book cover on it. It’s going on the wall in my office too.

What’s a WYWH celebration without a llama kiss? Or cake? Or a hug or a kiss from my husband?

This celebration included all that and more! I’ll be posting a photo album on my author Facebook page!








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  1. Milda
    May 10, 2012, 3:24 am   /  Reply

    Wish I could of been there. Enjoy!

  2. May 10, 2012, 4:20 am   /  Reply

    Love it!

  3. May 10, 2012, 5:49 am   /  Reply

    Lovely. Lovely. So beautiful, Beth. Rejoicing with you as you celebrate the launch of your first book!

  4. May 10, 2012, 5:52 am   /  Reply

    Hi Beth,
    I love the way you tell your story with photos. Well done! I feel like I was there. Congratulations again.

  5. May 10, 2012, 6:04 am   /  Reply

    Great photos and looks like it was a fun-filled day! We enjoyed stopping in and meeting you in person, eating yummy cake and Enzo loved playing with Allison’s getaway car!

    • Beth Vogt
      May 10, 2012, 7:45 am   /  Reply

      We need to get together so I can give you a getaway car for Enzo!

  6. May 10, 2012, 6:23 am   /  Reply

    Great pictures, Beth!!! Looks like a wonderful time!

  7. Karen S. Elliott
    May 10, 2012, 7:10 am   /  Reply

    And a fun time was had by all!

  8. Jeanne T
    May 10, 2012, 7:29 am   /  Reply

    Such a wonderfully fun day! I loved the pics of you praying with your family, and your kiss with your husband (definitely not kissing the wrong man! :))

    • Beth Vogt
      May 10, 2012, 7:44 am   /  Reply

      Nope, he’s the only man I’ve kissed for 32 years — and he’s my Mr. Right.
      Corny, I know.

      • Jeanne T
        May 10, 2012, 1:39 pm   /  Reply

        Not corny. Beautiful. 🙂

  9. May 10, 2012, 8:24 am   /  Reply

    This post makes me happy! 🙂

  10. May 10, 2012, 9:02 am   /  Reply

    How fun! And how cool to live so close to your agent. 🙂

  11. May 10, 2012, 9:14 am   /  Reply

    What GREAT pictures! I wondered if Rachelle was able to attend, how special is that?? Looks like you had a blast! I love the guest book/photo idea. You’re awesome, Beth and your book was/is too!

  12. May 10, 2012, 9:37 am   /  Reply

    This is so great & love every pic. With all the good books you’re going to writle & all the awards you’re going to win, you’re going to need a bigger office–w/ higher walls, hanging ladders, etc . . . you get the picture.

  13. Loree Huebner
    May 10, 2012, 9:50 am   /  Reply

    Congrats again! Looks like a great party!

  14. May 10, 2012, 10:08 am   /  Reply

    Thank you for the pictures…I almost feel like I was there. Can’t wait to host you on my blog next Monday! And I’m with Dee–you’re going to have to get a much bigger office.

  15. May 10, 2012, 10:27 am   /  Reply

    Wow! What fun! You look like you’re having a really, really, really, really, really, really goooooooooooood time……

    Congratulations to you and to your family!


  16. May 10, 2012, 12:31 pm   /  Reply

    Looks like a blast Beth. You deserve it. Savour each moment.

  17. May 10, 2012, 2:24 pm   /  Reply

    So wonderful! Very happy for you!

  18. Fran Shaw
    May 10, 2012, 8:07 pm   /  Reply

    What a joyous day! I wish I could have shared it with you! Love the pictures–you look so happy! You deserve it, my friend!

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