I am about to tell you something you probably don’t know about me.
Each time I am asked to photograph a wedding, I consider it an honor to pray for the couple getting married. In fact, I consider it more important than the photographs I will take. I pray for their wedding day, for their families, for their marriage, for their future children and their life together.
During the week leading up to Kyle and Alyssa’s wedding, I prayed specifically that their ceremony would honor God and be a perfect picture of Christ’s love for His bride — for each of us who have taken His name.
As I watched Kyle and Alyssa’s ceremony (mostly through my 70-200mm 2.8), there was not a moment where I didn’t see that prayer answered. God did exceedingly and abundantly more than I could have asked or imagined!
In the months leading up to the wedding, I was able to share in a little bit of the excitement and anticipation when Alyssa’s mom, Karen, texted me photos and sneak peeks of the preparations.
The dress, the hairstyle, the flowers, the invitations, the journals that both the bride and groom started months beforehand to present to each other on their wedding day — every detail was carefully thought out and given the utmost attention.
“And His bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure….” —Revelation 19:8
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation…
as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” —Isaiah 61:10
The hours before the wedding were priceless, the bride with her maids getting ready…
…anticipating the first time the bridegroom would see her adorned for him alone.
As they read their hand-written vows to each other, there could be no denying that these two are perfectly suited to each other, and for the work God Himself has already created each of them to do.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.” —Ephesians 2:10
Kyle and Alyssa took communion together as part of the ceremony, a beautiful demonstration of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and love for His church. Not only was the gospel preached in word, but in deed.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church
and gave Himself up for her.” —Ephesians 5:25
And (Shh! Don’t tell!) this groom could not even wait until communion was over to steal a mid-ceremony kiss from his bride.
I have never before witnessed a foot-washing ceremony, but it was one of the most touching parts of the day to see Kyle and Alyssa wash each other’s feet — a public display of their promise to serve one another always.
And then there was this…
Every time I look at this picture, I feel I’ve been given the tiniest glimpse into the great love and passion God has toward us! How easily we forget — I forget — that He created us for Himself, for a breathtaking relationship that is full of love, passion, and unrestrained joy.
“The Lord your God is with you; He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” —Zephaniah 3:17
The other striking thing about this wedding was the celebration of life and love. With three generations of marriage represented, lifelong friendships, and children — lots of children! — this wedding was nothing short of a testimony to the grace and goodness of God to honor marriage and family, to do good to those who love Him and keep His commands (Deuteronomy 7:9). There was rejoicing — lots of rejoicing!
“As a bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall God rejoice over you.” —Isaiah 62:5
And when all was said and done, this new bride and groom were a picture-perfect example of the relationship Christ came to have with us.
“For your Maker is your Husband,
the Lord of Hosts is His name.” —Isaiah 54:5