Every now and then I get to do a wedding for someone I know personally, as more than just an acquaintance or a referal, someone I consider a friend, someone that I’ve had some amazing conversations with and share fond memories alongside, and this was one of those special weddings. Nicole was a kid in the youth group I helped out with for many years. I remember many a conversation with Nicole, some when she was as young as 15. I often forgot that she was still a teenager as I felt like I was talking to a peer or a sister. Her spiritual depth and maturity at her young age was something special and unique. I admired her relationship with her parents and her brother (who was the “maid of honor” in her wedding naturally!) they had such a special bond and love for each other that is SO rare these day’s between teenagers and their parents. I can remember even asking her Dad how he did it, how did he raise such an amazing girl, because I want to have that sort of relationship with my kids.
So needless to say, this was an extra special wedding for me. This was my first time really meeting Sean (short of a quick “hey this is Sean” at church one day) and I was blown away by him and his character. His love for God and for Nicole is a beautiful thing to watch. These two were truly meant for each other. Besides being two of the most hilarious people I’ve ever met, their hearts were so in line and in tune with each other that I just don’t even have words for it. I laughed so much while shooting this wedding that my abs hurt the next day. True story.
I also spent a good deal of time wiping a tear or two from my eye. They didn’t do a first look, just a moment where they stood on opposite sides of a corner and held hands and prayed together. (Keeping with the tradition of not seeing each other before the wedding). It was beautiful and touching and I’m so glad I was able to document that for them. Normally I’m all about doing a first look and the couple seeing each other before so that we can get photos done, but I’m glad we didn’t on this one – the look on Sean’s face when he saw Nicole walking down the aisle was amazing and precious.
Sean and Nicole – I am so, SO happy for you two, you are going to do amazing things and I can’t wait to see what they are! Love you both! -Jess