NIKKI & MARC | A Surprise Engagement

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Sometimes there are sessions that hold so much emotion for me that they are hard to blog. Sometimes I don’t quite know how I can put simple words to something so special. These two. They are something special.

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Nikki has been a part of our family for years. She has helped to raise our children, saved our crazy dog on countless occasions, and is like a daughter and best friend all rolled into one.

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We have loved Marc for years as well, because he is an amazing man of Christ- strong and caring, selfless and giving. So when these two fell in love with each other…a beautiful future was born.

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The best part of this session…is that it was all just part of a grander plan.

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Nikki wanted some special pictures of her and her love, but Marc wanted this session to be the decoy for something so much more. I got to be one of his accomplices. You see…the morning of this photoshoot, Marc completely changed it’s meaning.

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Among their family and friends, in the very place where they grew to know each other and ultimately fall in love, he proposed on bended knee with our pastor setting the scene (another accomplice).

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It was perfect and beautiful and I bawled like a baby. To feel so much joy and happiness for two someones whom I adore that my eyes and heart explode…all while attempting to capture it through my lens. I may some day share those images too.

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So then, with her “YES!” still just a few hours fresh, I got to steal away with these two for an ENGAGEMENT session.

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I’m not sure there could be a more authentic or tender love captured than one that has just committed itself to a lifetime.

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Nikki & Marc- I can’t tell you what an honor it was to be present and even play a small part of your very special “official” beginning. I am so excited to be present when you soon share your vows and begin to write a whole new chapter of your lives.

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I pray that you will enjoy every step along the way- the planning and anticipation, the excitement and the challenge. This is a time in your lives that you will only enjoy once. It is all about you and your love. Savor it. Treasure it. And continue to do so everyday of your lives.

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Erik offers you 1 Corinthians 13- the same scripture that my mama read at our wedding.

Love Is the Greatest
1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

 

We love you and couldn’t be more proud of or happy for you.