I have known Andrew since he was a wild thing, running everywhere and tackling everything with his pack of middle school boys. He is full of joviality and the best kind of humor - the sort that lifts up instead of tears down. Wasn’t it just yesterday I was capturing his senior photos? Now, he has wedded the song in his heart: Katie. They met their first day at Ball State. Both music majors. My favorite moment of the wedding was when they surprised their parents with a serenade: she singing Misty by Ella Fitzgerald and he on his trumpet. What a joy to be a part of their day.
I was struck by how many photos of hands I'd captured during Chris and Hope's wedding day. Grandpa holding Bride's veil, Groom's' thumb caressing his love's jaw, Father of the Bride holding a perfect euchre "loner" hand, hands mingled in prayer, flower girl reaching up to beautiful Bride, and Mother of the Bride's hand clasped in that of her daughters.
I know Chris and Hope's deepest desire is to know and serve Christ in their marriage. Thus, my prayer for this Indiana girl and Haitian boy is Moses' words in Psalm 90:17:
"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands."
A also have to share a favorite moment from the day:
I, Chris, a bridesmaid, groomsmen, and two empty car seats were packed liked sardines into a little sedan heading back to the wedding site after portraits at a park. The bridesmaid asked if Chris thought he would tear up seeing Hope walk down the aisle to which Chris shared that he might get emotional thinking about his dad, who had passed away a couple years ago, not being there. A few minutes later he mentioned as we were passing a cemetery “that’s where my dad is buried." We immediately suggested a stop and Chris was able to take a special moment with his dad at his gravesite. Such a beautiful gift from God.
This was my second wedding for the Gardiner family and what a pleasure. The love in their family is so evident. As is the admiration and understanding between Jillian and Shane. And I am sure we can all agree…their dance floor was lit!
Ceremony: Anchorage Presbyterian / Reception: Gheen’s Foundation Lodge / Bride’s Gown and Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique / Men’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse / Desserts: Heitzman’s Bakery / DJ: Randy Embry at Triangle Talent / Catering: Ladyfingers / Makeup: Carrie Lentz / Hair: The Loft at Hubbards