Sunday, December 7, 2014
The story of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and New Creation is one we need to read often. It’s the story of God’s faithfulness and goodness. And because we know the Author of the story personally and we trust his will, we can watch the story of our lives unfold with wonder and awe. Even when we get to a scene that is confusing or seems out of place, we can remember, wait, and watch, knowing that the storyline is moving forward to a beautiful and glorious end. Jesus made it so when he signed the manuscript with his own blood and said, “It is finished!” -Christina Fox
If Marlee and Gretta turn out half as kind, gracious, responsible, loving, servant-hearted, and selfless as English, then I will be one happy mom! She should really teach lessons on how to be a student, big sister, daughter, baby-sitter, and friend! God’s work in her life is evident every minute of every day. I rarely see her not serving others and I also rarely see her without a smile on her face! I love this girl and am so thankful for the example she is to my daughters and to me!
English, we can’t wait to see where God leads you over the next few years. I know exciting times are ahead! So thankful for YOU!!!!!!!!
“But you will imagine that it is best that He should at once enable you to see clearly. If it is, you may be sure He will do it. He never makes mistakes. But He often deals far differently with His disciples. He lets them grope their way in the dark until they fully learn how blind they are, how helpless, how absolutely in need of Him. What His methods will be with you I cannot foretell. But you may be sure that He never works in an arbitrary way. He has a reason for everything He does. You may not understand why He leads you now in this way and now in that, but you may, nay, you must believe that perfection is stamped on His every act.” ~Elizabeth Prentiss
This wedding was so much fun for me! Jesse and Jonathan were so great and easy to work with. Their venue, Morees Recreational Retreat in Latta, SC, was awesome and even had a huge selection of very large, stuffed animals. I’m talking about lions, tigers, an elephant, and even a giraffe…seriously. It was SO cool! The other really neat thing about Morees is that it had lots of cabins where family and friends can stay, making your wedding a weekend event rather than just a few hours on a Saturday. I LOVE that a lot of brides are choosing locations where guests can stay for the weekend. Imagine having all of your wedding guests as weekend guests, so you get to enjoy meals together, explore local highlights, and stay up late talking and laughing. I love this!!!!!!!! I would have totally done something like this if it had been on my radar 11 years ago!
Jonathan and Jesse, thank-you so much for making me a part of your day. I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed myself! Enjoy your sneak peek!
This is a great, great family. We love them dearly. We planned several months ago to do family photos in September. As in, put it on the calendar and made a plan. They were going to come for the weekend, we were going to have lots of fun, and at some point do a family session on Saturday. Well, Saturday came and it ended up being very cloudy. That kind of worked in our favor, because we were able to take our time, knowing we could go out at any point to get the photos done. Unfortunately, we ended up going out about 15 minutes before a severe thunderstorm hit downtown Anderson. Y’all, I was so engrossed in what we were doing that I didn’t even notice the cloud until I looked at these pictures…yikes!!!!! Note to future clients…please notify me of impending doom…I really might not notice it! The kids didn’t even have a chance to warm up to the camera before the sky opened up. We decided to take advantage of that and get a few pictures in the rain, but only had a brief minute to do that before the thunder and lightning started. It was the worst storm I have been in, in a very long time. So, the Dabneys are getting another family session very soon!!!!! Fortunately, the skies cleared up and the night ended with some sunshine, so we got a couple of pics of Johnathan and Kali right before sitting down to share dinner together. The pictures may not have turned out the way we had planned, but the fellowship was absolutely perfect!
When I receive an inquiry from a potential bride, I always reply with a questionnaire. The answers to the questions help me get to know the bride a little better and they also give me some insight into what the wedding day will be like. I ask questions like, “does your wedding have a theme?” and “how many will be in your bridal party?” , but the answers to those questions aren’t what I’m necessarily interested in. It’s question #1 that reveals the most about the couple and what their wedding day will be like. The question is, “What is your fiance’s name and what is your story?” I get a lot of answers like “we met in college” or “we met at work”. Those are great places to meet, but that doesn’t really draw me in. Jade told me a story. Her answer was at least 5 paragraphs long and she began it by saying that she hadn’t intended to type that much, but once she started she couldn’t stop. I read through her “story” just like I was sitting down and reading an article in my favorite magazine. I enjoyed every single minute of it, and I knew at that moment, that I had to be their wedding photographer. I wanted to be a part of their story.
The day of their wedding was exactly what I had hoped for. Caleb and Jade were an absolute pleasure. Their friends and family felt like my friends and family. It was perfect.
Caleb and Jade, THANK-YOU for being so AWESOME! I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!!!!!
AND, thanks to my husband, Matt, who second shot this wedding with me. I can’t even begin to describe what a gift it is to have him there with me. It only seems fitting that I would be able to capture such an important day for folks like Caleb and Jade, with the person who has made marriage so wonderful for me!