Oh, this wedding. So many incredible people were involved in it, including some of my nearest and dearest friends, and it was truly a labor of love from beginning to end. Caroline is a dear friend of mine from my Bible study small group, and she never, ever fails to have me in stitches every time we’re together. When I finally met her sweet, hilarious, wonderful family back in May, it was almost as if I had known them my whole life! She has three sisters and two amazing parents, all of whom are salt of the earth people who just know how to love on others. Ryan’s family is also one of the sweetest I could have ever hoped for. His dad even sent me a Facebook message the day after the wedding thanking me for all I had done! What more could I ever ask?!
One of the sweetest moments of the day happened amidst all the hustle and bustle of the girls making final preparations before heading down the aisle. Joe, the videographer from Shoeless Works (see their wedding video here), quieted everyone so that he could interview Caroline about her relationship with Ryan and how she was feeling on her big day. The feelings she shared were so sweet and so genuine that everyone in the room was bawling and trying to keep themselves (silently) together! It’s no secret that wedding days can get crazy, but those little moments are invaluable when it comes to putting things back into perspective. And in the time I’ve spent with Caroline since her big day, it’s been extremely clear that nurturing her marriage is her first priority.
Caroline and Ryan, the beauty of your day speaks for itself. It’s one of the most visually stunning I’ve ever seen, but most of all, it was glorifying to God and was a true service of worship. As a couple, you have so much to offer others and so much true potential to grow a marriage that really does reflect Christ’s love for his children. I am so, so excited for you, but I’m even more excited to see what life will bring your way. It is the biggest honor I could imagine to have been involved in your day, from the early planning stages to the final getaway, and I hope these pictures mean even half as much to you as they do to me. I love you.