I was so happy when Aniyah asked me to do their wedding photography. I met Aniyah at the starbucks counter inside the Ingles in our hometown. Her warmth and smile were captivating. I'll never forget the Sunday morning I was on the road early on my way to lead worship and I stopped by the Starbucks, She was working that day. I took the warm cup with overflowing gratitude, (me and early mornings do not mix) but driving away, my cup slipped and the entire contents of my grande americano fell into my floor board. Anyone that knows me, knows that there will be no singing till the starbucks is had. So I turned around and drove back and when she smiled at me and said - You're Back! - I told her what happened and then I busted into tears. Yes, again, anyone that knows me is not surprised by this, but I didn't know Aniyah, we had just met, and before I knew what was happening, she was around the corner of the counter and she threw her arms around me giving me the most reassuring hug. Then she made me another cup of coffee... for free. We have been friends ever since.
Aniyah and her husband Joel met in school eight years ago at a toga party. They have gone from friends to husband and wife and have begun this part of their adventure together across the country in California. Joel is heading off to conquer the wilderness and all it's beauty. And Aniyah?... well, i'm sure she will just continue to fill the earth with grace. Everyone who knows them will miss them both so much. I am so honored to have been part of their day and a witness of their love. Aniyah and Joel, I pray the Father pour out his love on you and keep you and bless everything you pursue.
Here is a tiny sneak peek of their wedding day, so many more to come.