Hello, August! It’s the first anniversary of our wedding week which is extremely hard to believe for me personally. To look back on the place I was in just a year ago to where I’m at now? Wow. So much growth.
To be honest, after receiving these photos back from our wedding photographer, I wasn’t sure I’d ever publicly share them. It was the night after my husband’s brother/my new brother-in-law passed away, just a month after our wedding. I saw the email while sitting on my now widowed sister in law’s couch, surrounded by family staring at each other, not knowing what to do with ourselves. I opened the attachment and immediately started to cry uncontrollably. I knew it was such a gift to have this day captured on film, but in that moment I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to look at them with joy instead of grief. But today, just shy of a year later, I share with joy. Praise God.
Tears still fill my eyes as I view them. I still grieve the loss of my brother every single day. I look at the photos of my sweet father and wish he looked as healthy now as he did that day. My perfectionist and sinful self still wants to tear myself apart with the details of the day. I hate admitting those things, but it’s the truth. But yet, I remain joyful. And why do I share that? Because I want you as readers to see beyond the pretty images. I want you to see God’s story unfold for all us in the photos. The moments of nerves, fear, excitement, and joy. These are the moments that I think capture the day so well and remind us that God has written our story from the very beginning. From being kids, to adults, to falling in love, engagement, marriage, death, and what’s to come. The Lord knew how our wedding day would be, and He knew that Tim would be with Him in Heaven shortly after. Jesus has carried us through this year and will continue to do so all of the days we are blessed in marriage and life together.
So here they are. Broken into 3 different posts this anniversary week, all in chronological order of the day. I hope you love them and cherish them as much as we do. We are honored to share them with you!
Next up on Wednesday: Part Two: Our ceremony. Worth the wait, I promise 🙂