New Years Day this year brought many exciting things: our first real "cold snap" since early December, subsequently the first snow flurries of the year, and the chance to celebrate a brand new beginning: Tom & Erin's lives together as Mr. & Mrs. Neal!
"'Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.' This mystery is profound, and I am saying
that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his
wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband."
But, I believe it's time for a little real-life confession...
For a long time, I have been terrified of shooting a wedding from start to finish.
There! I said it...
I was afraid that I would miss the big moments - the moments in someone's special day that simply cannot be recreated. The procession of the bridesmaids, the first look at the bride, the first kiss, the ring exchange, the cake cutting....ahhh! So many important moments that I could possibly miss, or worse, capture in a blurry photo.
BUT...and that's a big but (cue real-life confession #2)...
I had one of the most fun, incredibly joyous days capturing Tom & Erin's wedding - much more than I ever dreamed! Maybe it was because I can remember when Tom and Erin first started dating, which was just a few short months after my husband and I did. Perhaps it was those times that Erin and I commiserated together about wanting to be engaged and how much we just wanted to get married. It could have been our sweet hang out time, discussing theology and just sharing in life together as Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Or maybe, still, it was the excitement of watching two friend's lives come together on the foundation of that which matters most: the Gospel of Christ crucified for sinners.
I believe it was a combination of all of those factors, because the "what if I miss the shot" turned into "how can I make this shot?" which then transformed into, "how can I make this shot fun, awesome, and memorable?".
It was my true pleasure and joy to take these photos. Thank you Tom & Erin for letting me be a part of your amazing day! I am blessed to know you both, and I wish you all the best on your journey in marriage as your lives and relationship reflect Christ in His self-sacrificing love and forgiveness, and His bride, the church, in her relentless love for her Savior.
Finally, I hope you enjoy your photos as much as I enjoyed taking them for you!! I tried to capture your joy, and celebration in each moment.
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