Steve + Chantel

We have been sitting here an hour, looking at this screen, trying to find the right words, the ones that can possibly articulate this day: the beauty, the pain, the love, the loss, the hope.

Life is an expanse full of hills and valleys and rivers to forge. Sometimes you find yourself on a mountain peak, standing on top of the world, your heart pounding in the cage of your chest. Other times the nights are dark and long and you wonder if morning will ever come for you again.

Love is what gets us through it all. Blessed are those who love. 

This wedding was about love, in all its forms. This wedding was about a father twirling his little girl in the sunlight. It was a widows arm wrapped around an empty chair. This wedding was dreams and hopes and wildest imaginations materialized. It was about friendship, the ones who have been there on the mountains and valleys. It was a band of brothers. It was a son paying tribute to the one who went before him. It was an empty plane. It was a mother placing a veil on her child, who is suddenly a woman, who is the most beautiful woman she has ever seen. It was a well of supporters, a trumpeting crowd, the kind of family who will celebrate this love and who will defend it forever.

This wedding was about Steve + Chantel and the blessing of love. It was about the Maker of love and His generosity, about His promises spoken and realized.

We photographed this day in a constant state of wonder. You couldn’t have been there and not have been moved by the beauty of it all. And when it ended, after we packed our gear in our cars and wearily drove home, we fell on our knees and thanked God that we are also His daughters, we thanked Him for love.

These images are dedicated to Clark Jay Baldwin: Husband, Father, Pilot, Son of God.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, He who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:4

Florals – Bloomsbury Blooms // Planning – La Boum Events // DJ – Corinthians // Dress – Bateau Bridal Boutique // Video – Nomad Cinematic