I knew Andrea & Scott’s wedding would be such a beautiful day from the moment I met them for our first meeting in Starbucks. They are just the coolest couple. It’s true. I love their style, their music taste, their love for the Lord; I’m thankful that I’ve gotten to know them over the past six months. Their gastown engagement session was one of my favourites–and I couldn’t wait to see what they had planned for their day. My second shooter Shauneille started the day off with the boys (you can see some of her images in the slideshow) and I started with Andrea & the girls. The first thing I saw when I came into Andrea’s bedroom was this note from her mom: “Good morning little girlie! Today is the day we have prayed for. Enjoy!!! Love, Mom.” I smiled. Big. It must be incredible as a parent to pray for your child’s future spouse and then to all of a sudden, be watching your daughter get married. I’m not married (newsflash! hah!) & I don’t have kids but imagining that just makes me want to cry. I love answered prayers. I love the faithfulness of the Lord.
When we arrived at Langley EV Free Church for the ceremony, Andrea, her bridesmaids and her parents shared a moment of prayer before she walked down the aisle. A prayer of thankfulness and excitement. As the processional started, Coldplay’s “Till Kingdom Come” came over the speakers. Ohhh goodness. Way to make Jamie Delaine lose it. The way I hold in my happy tears is to smile real big. So that’s what I did. I grinned as I changed lenses and blinked really fast. This. Song. Melts. Me. “Still my heart and hold my tongue / I feel my time, My time has come / Let me in, unlock the door, I never felt this way before. / Hold my head inside your hands, I need someone who understands / I need someone, someone who hears / For you I’ve waited all these years. / For you I’d wait ’til kingdom come / Until my day, my day is done / And say you’ll come and set me free / Just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me.”
After the ceremony, Andrea + Scott literally ran out of the church. They said they were going to in an email, but somehow I pictured a fast-walk and that they’d be stopped on the way by well-meaning guests saying hello. Hahah. They had a plan. These two were out the door in five seconds and into the car to our photo location. “Too many Chatty-Cathy’s,” Scott laughed. “We need to get moving.” I loved photographing their bridal party; the guys and girls were so much fun and did a “let’s just be casual!” face very well. ;) The reception was held at Minter Gardens in Chilliwack and full of many hysterical moments (namely Scott’s best man speech; one of the funniest I’ve heard in a long while) and heartfelt words (Andrea’s mother’s speech was SO sweet.) I’m excited for Andrea+Scott’s continuing testimony of God’s goodness to His children and their future together as husband and wife!