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mengshu and alex’s wedding story // tampa wedding photographer

I’ve been itching to share this sweet wedding on the blog for some time now! Weddings like this deserve a place to be honored!

When I shot Mengshu and Alex’s engagement images, I was blown away by their mutual love, adoration and respect for one another. I left that session refreshed and I knew on that day that their wedding was going to be extra special.

What I didn’t imagine was capturing a day that was so incredibly beautiful, not just because Mengshu was a spectacular bride (and she was),  but because these two approached their marriage as a covenant. In both word and deed, they exemplified what it looks like to ask Christ to be the center of not just their wedding day but more importantly, their marriage. And to top it off, I have never seen two families come together in quite the way that I was honored to see play out on this day. Alex’s mother helped Mengshu get ready, their parents hugged, laughed, danced, sang and smiled together from the beginning until the end.

Beautiful.

I mean, really deep down in your heart beautiful to watch the merging of families in such a remarkably generous way.

I think you’ll see that love in each image.

Congratulations Mengshu and Alex! May all of your days together be full of the hope, peace and joy that Christ alone can give!

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I love how Mengshu’s father paced the halls of the hotel while she was getting ready. So much anticipation!

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Alex got stuck in traffic on his way to the first look, but we still managed to sneak it in (plus a few couple shots) in record time!

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 The Rusty Pelican was a beautiful setting for their ceremony.

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Just before Mengshu and her father walked down the aisle, a pocket of light enveloped them. It was perfection.

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The ceremony was so personal, as Mengshu and Alex recited the same vows his parents said on their wedding day.

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 To symbolize their desire for Christ to be woven through every fiber of their marriage Mengshu and Alex tied a knot in these cords.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

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I mean seriously, the light and the love were divine combinations for the few minutes we slipped away before the reception.

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I am a sucker for grandparent’s dancing. Every. Single. Time.

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Just before they left, we found a few minutes to capture Mengshu in her traditional Chinese cloak.  So unbelievably stunning!

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