Being in love is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and
deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask and receive from God.
If words were only strong enough to share the beauty and love that enveloped this day. Yet, there simply are few that could paint the picture of grace, adoration, excitement and humility that we experienced from the moment we arrived. This was a day like none other. A day rich in meaning, filled with such a fierce anticipation for the future and such heartfelt love between two people that you felt as if you might burst at the seams for them.
Jasmine was glowing, just as she always does, with a smile and dimples that would soon leave her groom breathless. She fluttered around getting ready, as if she was literally a princess, feet barely touching the floor, as she danced from moment to moment. She had been waiting for this day for some time and although a necessary change of plans made it arrive several months sooner than originally scheduled, she was unshaken. She knew the one whom God had sent her way and she knew that whenever she became his wife, she would be filled with an overwhelming sense of joy and peace.
Amongst a backdrop fit for royalty, she slipped into her gown, reconstructed from her mother’s wedding dress and the sparkle in her eyes grew stronger. A breathtaking veil slipped on and it was is if the first page of her fairy tale had just been written.
Moments later the page would turn as she saw her groom, in a first look of epic proportions. We sat- patiently waiting and praying in the car for the rain to settle down so this magical unfolding could begin. And just like that, the skies parted, the rain ceased and Jasmine and Zac’s eyes met.
The way he beamed standing there before his bride. The way she gazed up at him with sheer delight. Then their hands, connected and moved about in such a way that you could see the nerves just melting as they realized that soon they would be husband and wife.
And that is where the real beauty lies- the real fairy tale- these two individuals who have been preparing for this moment for much longer than they have been planning a wedding. Two people so passionately in love with God that they were far more concerned about the holiness of their marriage than anything else that could have happened on this day. Two who were to become one. Surrounded by friends and family, prayed over by all in attendance and pronounced husband and wife amidst glowing candles, whose very flames reminded me of this
passage found in the Song of Solomon 8:6:
Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death; ardent love is as unrelenting as Sheol. Love’s flames are fiery flames– the fiercest of all.
And so their adventure begins. A new journey. A new home. With pages and pages and chapters left to write. How beautiful to have been there to watch this marriage begin and how amazing to know that The Author of their story has a fantastic plan for their lives. We are so honored and thrilled to share their amazing day with you!
Jasmine and Zac, There really are not words for how excited we are for the two of you! We know that God’s adventure for your lives is always the grandest; and we pray that as you embark in obedience on this new journey, you’ll find yourselves overwhelmed with His presence and joy. Thank you for trusting us to capture your day. It was our honor and our pleasure to document these moments that tell the first chapter of your marriage! We love you both, Mr. and Mrs. Gilcrease!
Annie and Rahul
The Creative Team
Florals: Robin’s Floral Designs | Make-Up: Charity Le’Blanc | Hair: Rebecka Jukes | Catering: Spanglish | Cake: Angela Banks, Friend of the Bride