Friday, June 9, 2017

Brady and Renita - Wedding Photography


I hope you enjoy this little overview of
 Brady and Renita’s lovely May wedding!!! 
I was honored to be the photographer for this beautiful couple 
as we celebrated what God has done
 in bringing them together. 
You can feel their joy!

And they’ve shared their stories!




photo credit: Deborah Shank







Renita's story:
I heard about Brady months before I met him or had a clearidea of who he was.
 My brother and his family attended Brady's church, 
and I would hear his name mentioned from time to time.
 It was evident that this guy was more than a stereotypical, run-of-the-mill kind of fellow.
 I was intrigued by the reports of this man who hosted Bible studies in his home,
 headed up community-oriented events, had mad musical talent, trotted all over the globe,
 and lived with an undeniable heart for ministry and love for the Lord.

I ended up meeting Brady through church and was afforded opportunities
 to observe his life and character in different capacities.
 I was always impressed by his constant enthusiasm for life and his commitment to purposeful, missional living,
 no matter if he was at church, overseas, or in his own backyard. 
I truly believed it would never be possible to end up with a guy like him... so I tried my best not to notice him,
 not to think about him, not to like him.
 It didn't work.

Brady and I started dating about seven months after I'd first met him. 
On a warm Wednesday morning in July, we went out for coffee, a walk, and a talk - nothing too big or intense; 
but the coffee was good, the conversation engaging, 
the company delightful... and the rest is history.



photo credit: Deborah Shank

photo credit: Deborah Shank

 Brady's story:
I saw Renita one Sunday morning at my church. 
I knew right off that I would have to be careful how often I looked in her direction. 
She was beautiful. 
I noticed that she dressed with feminine modesty and class...a rarity today.
 She sat by herself most weeks and carried herself with a princess-like confidence.
 Once again...rare. I tried to speak with her on a few occasions but she was more guarded than the military at fort Knox. 😉

I soon had the privilege to get to know and observe her more when she began attending Bible study
 at my house with her brother and sister in law. 
She was smart, whimsical, kind, sincere and serious about the Lord and living a life committed to Him. 
I was taken back by her culinary skills, her musical giftedness, her thoughtful and gentle spirit, 
and how she honored those around her.
 I also noted how close she was with her brother and how healthy (and hilarious) their friendship was.
 Yet still, she didn't give me much reason to hope...was she playing hard to get?
 Or was she just being careful and discreet?
 Eventually I had to find out.

Some weeks after speaking with her brother about possibly asking Renita out for some Coffee,
 I eventually mustered up the courage to inquire.
 She said yes.
 And the rest, my friends, is our story. 😉






photo credit: Deborah Shank

photo credit: Deborah Shank

photo credit: Deborah Shank

photo credit: Deborah Shank




photo credit: Deborah Shank











photo credit: Deborah Shank

photo credit: Deborah Shank

photo credit: Deborah Shank


photo credit: Deborah Shank






Brady and Renita, I wish you God’s greatest blessings from the bottom of my heart. 
I loved how your ceremony pointed clearly to Him.
  I know He will do great things with your surrendered lives!
~Jessica




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