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a symbolic love: heath and amber are married!

The last time you saw Heath and Amber, they were exploring the city together for their awesome engagement session. Finally, their big day arrived! I met up with the bride and her maid of honor to begin the wedding day festivities. Watching Amber get ready was so touching and her gentle reflections of her life leading up to Heath were profound. I always count moments like these as an honor. As the bride anticipates marrying her groom, there is always such a sweet glow. Amber was certainly no different!

Amber had some adoring fans…

This image is so very precious. Rebecca not only made Amber’s dress, but has also served as one of her many “mothers.” The interaction and emotion between them in this moment speaks volumes.

I believe Heath and Amber would both agree. Prayer is Power.

The lovely dress hand made for Amber.

As I walked around the church looking for something special to do with Heath and Amber’s rings the offering plate caught my eye. I immediately thought about the symbolism of marriage as an offering of your self to another. I couldn’t think of any image that would speak more clearly of that commitment than this.

Anyone who knows Heath, is familiar with this Bible. Well worn and used often, he carries it in his pocket wherever he goes. Yes, even in his wedding day tux. And, yes, more symbolism. I love it. Thanks to my awesome hubby for snagging this shot.

I love this shot of Amber’s brother watching Heath!

Isn’t she stunning?

Heath and Amber’s ceremony had several unique and touching moments. Above, you’ll see that they had just completed a symbolic act of uniting 3 separate containers full of stones into one; symbolizing their individual lives coming together with the power and foundation of Christ. Then below, a special candle was incorporated into the ceremony in honor of Amber’s mother.

Heath also played his guitar and sang a song he wrote for Amber. Talent must run in the family because Heath’s dad also sang during the service! What a beautiful testimony to their love for one another and the Lord.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Crittenden!

Finally, a few moments from the reception.

First dance…

Love the movement in her dress!

Dancing with her Dad

Speeches and a poem written by the Maid of Honor…

What an adorable favor! Heath bars and Amber sugar crystals.

Congratulations Heath and Amber. It was an honor spending the day capturing your love for one another. May you continue to trust in the Lord as you embark on this new adventure and may your adoration for one another multiply with every passing day.

Don’t forget if you view this post and leave a comment on the blog by August 9th, the new Mr. and Mrs. will win something cool! For 25 comments, they’ll receive a free 8×10, for 50 comments they’ll receive a free 11×14! So start sharing the love!

Bride’s Dress: Rebecca Cook; Groom’s Tux: Men’s Warehouse; Hair: Debbie Markham at European Hair Designs of Plant City; Makeup: Rebecca Cook; Florals: Susan Sellers; Cake: Barbara Revels; Ceremony: Belmont Baptist Church; Reception: USF Baptist Collegiate Ministries

August 6, 2010 - 10:54 am

Elizabeth Bradley - The picture with the 3 crosses is beautiful… and the one of Amber’s adoring fans just made me smile. 🙂

August 4, 2010 - 10:41 pm

Allene Leanna Lowe - All I can say is wow… You did an awesome job Annie!!!

August 4, 2010 - 2:26 pm

Bethany Boatwright - Gosh. I’m so happy for Heath and his BEAUTIFUL bride. Thanks for capturing this, Annie.

August 4, 2010 - 1:06 am

Tamra Schardl - What a beautiful and meaningful wedding! May you have many enjoyable years together. Bless you!

August 3, 2010 - 1:46 pm

Summer Gordon - Loved these photos! Especially the one of him holding the bible. The brides dress was so beautiful too. You really captured the emotion of the day for them.

August 3, 2010 - 10:48 am

Juline Rose - Annie: The photos are beautiful! You are so great at capturing the perfect lighting for each shot! Congrats to Amber and Heath!

August 2, 2010 - 9:34 pm

Olivia - The pictures turned out awesome! My favorite is the rings in the offering plate.

August 2, 2010 - 7:27 pm

Jean - As always Annie they are awesome! I love the picture with the adoring fans. You are awesome at what you do!

August 2, 2010 - 11:39 am

Ashley - This is so cute! I love that her dress was handmade by a friend. Absolutely beautiful.

August 2, 2010 - 11:35 am

Jeremy Brook - wow I just saw the wedding photos! Incredible stuff… God bless

August 2, 2010 - 8:19 am

Sharon - What a beautiful couple! Her dress was so unique and gorgeous! Another homerun Annie!

August 2, 2010 - 8:07 am

Andrea Shef - Awesome! I love her ring – fun!
I love the picture of the guys and I love the Bible/rings picture! Awesome 😉
Great pics as always!

August 2, 2010 - 1:33 am

Bethany - I absolutely adore the picture with the 3 crosses. What major symbolism as Pastor Sieg shared in marriage we are to become 3; Husband + Wife + God 🙂

August 2, 2010 - 12:18 am

Hilary - I love their wedding favors, and ALL of the symbolism in this wedding! How very creative!

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