On December 19th, my friends Luke and Lizzy vowed to love each other in a small backyard ceremony with only a few friends and family.
I had just gotten done editing and sending off their engagement session when I found out that they were having this ceremony. I remember the day Lizzy texted me about it, asking if I'd be willing to shoot this momentous day for them. I was in tears as I typed out, "YES!"
The day began like any other wedding. Since Luke and Lizzy didn't want to see each other before the ceremony, they communicated solely by yelling across the house, talking through doors, and sending messages to each other through the other people in the house. However, there was the matter of Luke's hair, and with Lizzy being the only hair stylist in the house, she was the one who had to do it.
I'm not going to lie, it was kind of awesome watching them communicate and laugh with one another while Luke was fighting his desire to open his eyes to see his bride to be. What was even more beautiful to witness was their first look.
The first are those few moments when a bride and groom get to see each other before the ceremony to come together and reflect on how far they've come together and smile and pray about the adventure they are about to embark on. It's those raw, intimate few seconds when they first see each other and hold each other that would make anyone's heart melt.
Luke and Lizzy's was no exception.
...and after we heard those beautiful words, "You may kiss the bride," we had a time of prayer to bless the bride and groom as they were about to begin their next adventure.
After all of the hugs were given and tears were shed, Luke, Lizzy and I slipped away to snap a few final images during the most beautiful time of day, golden hour, but even though the sun was shining it's golden rays throughout the land, I'm pretty sure greatest of light was glowing from Luke and Lizzy.
Luke, Lizzy, thank you.
Thank you for being fierce and loving friends; thank you for being an example to not just my life, but to everyone you come in contact with; and thank you for continuing to pursue God's heart in everything you two do. May your love continue to shine bright as you two start on this beautiful new adventure called marriage.
Love you both.