Sunday, April 15, 2012

Engaged: Luke and Hannah {DFW Wedding Photographer}

Hannah and Luke are getting married later this summer. I'm thrilled to be their wedding photographer and am looking forward to creating beautiful memories of their special day.

Hannah currently lives in Honduras where she has served as a teacher at Rancho Ebenezer for the past four years. Rancho Ebenezer is a ministry of the World Gospel Outreach that houses, feeds, and educates more than 40 Honduran children.

Luke traveled to Honduras with his family on a short-term mission trip in 2010. To help meet the growing needs of the facility, Luke later returned to Honduras to serve as a volunteer High School teacher on a one-year contract.

During that time, Luke and Hannah's relationship blossomed.

Which brings us to today.

Luke is now back in the DFW area where he has been working and eagerly awaiting their wedding day. Luke and Hannah plan to make their home together here in the states once they are married.

I had the privilege of meeting up with both of them about two weeks ago when Hannah traveled home to shop for wedding dresses and do a little wedding planning with her mom. I had a wonderful time getting to know them over lunch while we discussed the photography details for their wedding day.

A lovely couple, for sure.

Since our lunch together, Hannah and I have been able to continue sharing wedding ideas through our Pinterest boards. I pin ideas I think she'll be interested in. She repins what she likes and shares her own pins with me. Though her internet access is limited in Honduras, it's been a great resource for casting a vision for her wedding photography dreams. It's always exciting to to see what she comes up with!

Can I just say, I love Pinterest!

On a personal note...

I love working with couples who share my faith! I love knowing that they are honoring the Lord in their wedding day decisions. I love knowing that their marriage will be centered around Christ's love for them and the love He commands a husband and wife to share with one another. There is a deeper connect. I'm not just photographing a wedding. I'm photographing a sacred moment in their lives.

I tear up every time.

I also love it when I discover that I have something in common with the couples I work with. Not many people know this here in Texas, but I too used to live on a mission field. When I was a young child, my parents were dorm parents to 40 Navajo Indian girls at Rehoboth Christian School in Rehoboth, New Mexico. That experience helped shaped me into the person that I am today. It gave me an appreciation for the needs of others and a love for people of different cultures. My parents' work there was a great model to me of what it means to serve the Lord and put the needs of others before our own.

In today's world, it is rare to find young people who center their lives around meeting the needs of others - young people who understand what it means to live sacrificially. To serve. To love. To give.

It is even more rare to find young people who sincerely and diligently look to God as they make plans for their future - young people who are willing to go where He leads them...wherever that may be.

What an honor to know that this couple does!

Thank you for all you do, Hannah, and for what you've done, Luke, to help make this world a better place for these precious Honduran children. I look forward to hearing about where God takes you and how he will use you to bless others in the future.

See you in Ft. Worth in July on your wedding day!

...and on Pinterest, Hannah (when your internet connection allows).

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