December 7, 2018
What a pleasure it has been to photograph Matt and Alex’s Callawassie Island Club Wedding his fall!
It’s not often that I use the actual terms “match made in heaven.” But I have to say that for Matt and his lovely bride Alex, they truly are a match made in heaven. I met this sweet couple last year when they contacted me for an engagement session in Old Town Alexandia, VA . When we got to know each other, I was amazed to find out that Matt was a Chaplain Candidate in the AF Reserves. Also, I found out that Alex had battled Lyme. This precious couple captured my heart. And I knew that there was something absolutely special about this couple’s journey to find each other.
So I should probably start at the beginning when Alex’s friend spotted Matt (online) in his uniform on a motorcycle. Alex’s friend had that internal nudge and might have taken a bit of Cupid’s role in getting these two together (great job!). And the motorcycle was indeed a big hit. (Well, mostly – I think Matt’s mom might have cried when she learned about Matt and the motorcycle…). So these two hit it off and have been together through thick and thin already. As the candidacy program is one with specific challenges in addition to a heavy academic load in Seminary, these are no easy days. But Alex has been great in showing support for Matt. And I’m excited to see where the future will bring them both!
Matt has a great ability to keep big secrets like you know – his proposal. They went to Ireland with friends and his proposal came as a shock to Alex. Everyone has been beyond supportive and just over-joyed that Alex and Matt have found each other. It’s always an honor to shoot a couple’s wedding, but I have to say that the presence of the Divine was felt in tangible ways.
The sacred connection that these two have is evident – in a unique way in the sense of involving their deeply felt faith and the faith of their family… In keeping with tradition, Alex and Matt did not see each other before the ceremony. But they did incorporate a special time where they met at the remains of the sugar plantation at the Callawassie Island Club and on the corner on the ruins, joined hands and spirits…
Such a moving moment, I was impacted by the presence of God and the Blessing of the Father for their union. Alex may be the one more likely to cry on any given day while Matt is the grounded one. Yet on this day and at this moment, the reverse was true. As Matt read his card and opened Alex’s special gift to him, he teetered out on a tearful plank. And later, once his hand touched Alex’s, he was sunk. Alex remained present and did catch a peek of the gift opening action, and then welcomed God into the moment with heartfelt prayers. To watch it all unfold was just incredible and the reason why I love my job so much! You just can’t beat this!
Blessings poured out in their lovely ceremony with scripture, a surprise song (and surprise- more tears from Matt), and exhortations for marriage. I loved the sand pouring unity demonstration. And thankfully, the weather was just great for a fall outdoor wedding!
Blessings continued into the reception with happy toasts. And we can’t forget Matt’s granddad’s Blessings over the food which they hadn’t eaten yet. Fun all around! There was a fun photo booth. No- I won’t post the coconut photos. I’ll let you all blackmail each other with those. And Also there were fun dancing photos and a special anniversary dance for Alex’s mom and dad! From start to the bubbly end, everything was just lovely!
The day goes by so fast – in a blur… But I hope that I’ve been able to capture a few images that represent memories that you all will hold on to forever. And not just you – but your children and their children as well.
Matt and Alex, It’s been pure joy getting to know you all this past year. I thank God that our paths crossed. And I’m eager to see how your life and ministry together will unfold. I know that you both have already shown how kind, loyal, long-suffering and serving you are in your relationship and also in the way you care for people. So, I join with Alex’s dad’s prayers that you always remember love, compassion, kindness and keep Jesus in your lives. Further, I pray there are many more trips together. That you see the Pyramids one day. And that you both remain healthy and strong. Also, I pray that you will minister to the broken, hurting and those who need healing. I hope you’ll remain in touch with me. Should you need anything, you know my husband and I are here cheering you on!
Blessings and Hope, Michelle
P.S.) Matt – great job on those pearls!!! They were a big hit with the ladies, but most of all, with your dear sweet Alex.