To have seen the redemption in my sister’s life is to have witnessed a miracle. If you’ve had the pleasure of knowing Amanda in any capacity, you know that she does everything with excellence. As a student, an athlete, and then as a therapist she worked tirelessly to be the best. For many years, she experienced an excess of worldly success. Those years were also fraught with doubts and heartbreak and shame. Ultimately, she found herself in a deep dark pit of despair. And there, in her darkest moments, the Lord rescued her from herself and began to breathe new life into her soul.
In a courageous display of faith, Amanda recently made life-altering decisions about her career and her purpose. She has allowed the Lord to direct her steps and she’s committed to following His plan for her life. And His good plan for her story now includes Luis. The beautiful thing about their love story is that it begins with a shared love for Christ. These are two people who have walked two vastly different journeys through pain and loss. Two people who faithfully responded to the Lord’s call on their lives to seek Him above all else. And in the most unexpected way, as they each surrendered their lives to Jesus, their paths began to cross.
The greatest joys rise from the ashes of the deepest sufferings. And sometimes our stories are so unbelievably wild that they can’t be anything but true. It will be beautiful to watch the marriage of these two and see all the good things the Lord is going to do through them.
There was a fresh dusting of snow on the ground on the morning of Meredith and Drew’s wedding. The snow such a pure and gentle reminder that God makes all things new. The Lord, in His goodness, brought these two together, and on their wedding day their joy was palpable. Joy for the formation of this new family and joy for what the future holds.
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. If you are local to Charlotte and looking for a way to get connected to adoptive families, I encourage you to check out Adoption Support Alliance. ASA is working to build community among adoptive families. They offer classes on adoption as well as support groups for those touched by adoption. It’s an organization that has been a gift to my family and one that I am eager to support!
I had the opportunity to serve as one of the photographers at their annual family photo fundraiser again this year. It’s an event that’s open to anyone wanting to have their photos taken and all the proceeds go to support the work of ASA. It was a beautiful day attended by adoptive families, foster families, and folks who were just excited to smile for the camera for a good cause. Many thanks to all of those who came out!
2020 was tough. But the year was also filled with unexpected blessings. Neighbors became friends. Lots of books were read. Time with friends and family took on a whole new level of precious.
I’m feeling particularly thankful for the time I was able to be behind the camera in 2020. A special thank you to all of the mamas and daddys who invited me into your holiday season! Getting to spend time capturing these, and so many more, faces was truly a highlight of 2020 for me.
Happy New Year!
My dear Emily, I’ve never seen you happier than you are when you are with Ryan. What a gift to be able to spend the rest of your life with one who so clearly loves and enjoys the woman that you are. You make everything more fun, and your wedding day was no exception. The crowd who traveled from near and far to celebrate with you in the mountains is a testament to the investment you and Ryan make in your relationships.
You entrusted me with the honor of capturing your wedding day. Thank you for believing in me and insisting that I be your photographer! It was more exhilarating, more exhausting, and more fun than I ever thought it would be.
Best wishes to the newly Nolands!
The forecast for Monica and Jake’s wedding day was full of rain. But in spite of the dreary prediction, these two could not have been in better spirits. They gathered with family and friends along the Anne Springs Close Greenway for a sweet and intimate celebration of their love.
Fortunately, it turned out to be one of those days where the weatherman isn’t right…
A huge THANK YOU to Autumn with Olive Leaf Photography for inviting me to second shoot on this wedding!
“All of these lines across my face, Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I’ve been, And how I got to where I am
But these stories don’t mean anything, When you’ve got no one to tell them to
It’s true… I was made for you”
A new chapter is beginning in the story of Jennifer and Jason. And it begins on the day their two families become one.
I’ve had the pleasure of marrying into a friendship with these two. They’ve known my husband since college and theirs was the first wedding I ever attended with Michael. I love being with the Griffins because they are both so genuine and so inviting. There’s no pretense, no pressure, just authenticity and warmth.
And warmth is what we needed on this chilly morning. Mike and Lois were all smiles in spite of the cold weather. It just gave them more reason to get close and cuddly.
The arrival of spring has given me new motivation to get outside with my camera. There is so much light and so much color and I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture some of it for myself. A recent visit from my sister and brother-in-law became a perfect opportunity for an impromptu photo outing. These two are basically pros at being awesome in front of the camera.
Friends are the family you get to choose.