I love these 2. LOVE THEM. I am so honored that they picked me to be their wedding photographer. Seriously honored. When you meet Jimmy and Micaela, you fall in love with them. Instantly. There is just something about them that is so genuine, you just want to be their BFF. As much as I was looking forward to their wedding these past few months, I was also dreading it. I didn’t want it to come because then it would be over and then they wouldn’t need me anymore. I want to be their BPHF (see what I did there?)!
Loving them so much makes me SUPER EXCITED for them, because I know what’s in store. I know what they’re facing because I’ve been living it for the past 11 years (Matt and I now share an anniversary with this sweet couple). What’s coming is joy mixed with sorrow, good times with some bad thrown in, and ups with some downs. When I got married 11 years ago, for some UNKNOWN reason I was clueless about life and the fact that it’s hard. At that point, trials for me meant missing a trip with friends because I had to work or not being able to buy the jeans I wanted until my next paycheck. Obviously, I had some things to learn and it took me several years to learn them (it’s an ongoing process). So, what have I learned? I’ve learned that God is GOOD. He is VERY GOOD. His ways are PERFECT. Mine, not so much. My hope is in HIM and not my husband, my children, or my marriage. God’s definition of “good” is not the same as mine, but I’m going to go with His, because, well, HE CREATED THE UNIVERSE. God orchestrated marriage as a beautiful picture of His love for His church. We get to be participants in that for everyone around us to see. We get to forgive as He forgives, love as He loves, serve as He serves, and hope in Him as we seek to live with another sinner and do life together. We get to run to Him when we fail and experience the grace that can only come from a loving Heavenly Father. God has used my marriage to deepen my relationship with Him, which in turn, has deepened my relationship with my husband…He sure does know what He’s doing. And, that is why I’m excited for Jimmy and Micaela. Because what’s coming may not always be easy, but it will always be good!
“So, in your marriage, God will find ways to drive you to the end of yourself so that you will put your hope and strength in him. Your moments of weakness are not the bad moments of accident or bad luck. No, moments of weakness are there because of divine intention. They are the delivery system of glorious forgiving, empowering, and motivating grace. God is using them to rescue you from you and to make you a person who, in marriage, really is committed to love as you have been loved.” -Paul Tripp
Jimmy and Micaela, I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!!!!!!!!!
*I would like to thank Jennifer Grimsley (a.k.a. my OLDER sister ) for second shooting for me!!!!!!!!!! Love ya’, sis!