I think the mark of a great wedding is not one where the scenery was beyond gorgeous, or where the celebration was the most energetic you’ve ever experienced, or where the couple is just so adorable. No, I think a great wedding is one when you come away touched or moved; changed in some way. Joy and Andrew’s wedding was like that. The scenery was indeed fantastic, and there was a seriously fabulous celebration, and obviously Joy and Andrew are basically the cutest ever. But what I’ll remember the most is the love that was so bright and shining, a love that moved me in a deep way.
I can’t talk or think about this day without thinking about how the love of Jesus was written all over this day – it was a true depiction of God’s love for the church. I am rarely emotional during the ceremony, but for this one I was on the verge of tears basically the entire time. The words from the Pastor, the song from Joy, the reverence for the Lord couldn’t have been a better declaration of His love for us. And I was deeply touched. I was humbled and uplifted and encouraged, and I left that night praising God for who He is. THAT to me, is a GREAT wedding.
Joy and Andrew, I literally can’t thank you enough for inviting me to be a part of your day – a day where we praised the Lord together for all that He’s done and all that He will do. I’ll never forget it. Thank you for welcoming me so fully and for being a beacon of light to the world around you. I can’t wait to see how God will use you in Texas!
Also, I’m going to ruin the surprise and tell you now that Joy wrote a song for Andrew *before* they even met. Joy’s mom sent it to me and I thought it was fantastically beautiful, so I’m going to post the video here – Joy explains the song first, and then plays “I Will Always Love You”…go ahead and listen to the song while you scroll!
On the right is a photo of Joy and Kristy with the veil they both wore for their weddings!
Joy was such a happy bride!
Such special ladies
Oh my gosh guys, look how beautiful they all are! And the light and the venue and the colors…I’m loving these!
Joy, you’re GORGEOUS!
My second shooter, Sarah, took this and I love it!
I could’ve shot right here for hours! I love all these!
Look at one of the sweet flower girls!
The girls gathered together so Joy could open her gift from and Andrew and pray together..
Needless to say, she loved it!
Sarah got to hang out with the guys and I’m so thankful for all the great shots she got!
Lookin’ sharp, guys!
Ceremony time! Morais Vineyards was so gorgeous!
Dear Hanna and Lippard parents – can I just say that you raised some truly wonderful children?
This one is definitely a favorite!
This is one of Sarah’s that I adored..you’ll see more of hers throughout the day.
Another one of Sarah’s…
Ah! I love this one!
Another huge thank you to Sarah who got photos of these details!
That’s Ben Lashey, people! If you don’t know him, you should.
First Dances are without doubt my favorite part of the wedding day…
The Barthelsons! Love you guys!!
I couldn’t decide which of the next two I liked better – so you get both
Instead of a bouquet toss, they did a bouquet handoff – someone did it for Joy and Andrew and I think it’s a great idea!
Then Andrew said that he got to watch Joy sing week after week, and all he wanted was to do a duet
Then a surprise dance happened…
with a great finish!
Ha! Love you guys
Congratulations you two!
And a MAJOR thank you to the amazing vendors who made the whole day come together!
Venue: Morais Vineyards
Invitations: Lovely Lettering
Makeup: Meredith Ehler
Florals: Farrays Decorations
Caterer: Caroline Street Catering
Cake: Angela, Cake As You Like It