It’s a rare occasion we have the opportunity to photograph for close friends of ours. Paul and I have known Brooke since she was a little girl. In fact, she was a flower girl in our wedding 19 years ago! Ben moved from his home of Australia to the US to attend a college in PA. His internship took place at our local church where Brooke is the youth pastor. Together they have a leadership team of about 35 adults who invest in the lives of many teens in the surrounding neighborhoods of the church’s community.
Brooke and her sister Heather are close in age and even closer friends. When I think of sisters, I think of these two. Heather was also in our wedding!
Brooke’s father told me that his wife sent him to pick up the dress from the seamstress a couple of weeks before the wedding. He hadn’t seen the dress yet and said when he saw it the first time, he cried. Just before he saw her he told me he can not imagine how he will feel actually seeing her in the dress. The emotions went from tears to laughing, it was a great moment.
The vows had to be the best I’ve heard in a long time. Brooke is an avid Dr. Seuss fan so her father, who married them, wrote these vows.
Since you’ve loved Dr. Seuss for as long as I know, We’re going to begin the vow now, so here we go.
I’ll ask you questions here today, I’ll say then you say, So when I say, you say it the same way, OK?
Pastor: Will you answer me right now These questions, as your wedding vow? Ben: Yes, I will answer right now Your questions as my wedding vow. Pastor: Will you take her as your wife? Will you love her all your life? Ben: Yes, I take her as my wife, Yes, I’ll love her all my life. Pastor: Will you have, and also hold Just as you have at this time told? Ben: Yes, I will have, and I will hold, Just as I have at this time told.
He then addressed Brooke the same way and ended with this;
Will you love with all your heart?
Will you love till death do you part?
Will you have and forever hold,
Each others’ hearts ‘till the stars grow cold?
Will you love through good and bad?
Will you love in times happy and sad?
Next to Jesus, will you be from now until eternity, The best friend each other’s ever had?
This precious lady knew Brooke her entire life and towards the end of her life, she insisted that her doctor let her attend Brooke’s wedding. Within a couple of weeks of the wedding, she passed away. Photographs of the people who attend your wedding are extremely important!