Lisa is one of those rare people who is completely at home in her own skin. She's always been one of my go-to friends, the kind that you call when you just feel mixed-up and lost and need to be told you're alright. And that you can be comfortable in your skin, too.
In our five years of being friends, we've talked a mad lot. Identity, self-worth, theology, and the persecuted church. And guys. Shocking, I know. ;) In five years, we've both been asked by guys to whom we couldn't say "yes" and not asked by guys to whom we wouldn't have said "no". I still haven't figured out which is worse, but I know for a fact that Lisa's stuffed bear may have saved my hands a terrible fate. When I'd start pounding the floor, she'd throw me the bear. "Pound him; he's USED to it!"
Art just is the "big brother" type of guy that would tell me, "You're thinking too hard. Stop it; you're going to hurt yourself." :)
They both care hugely about other people.
Together, they're an amazing couple. Who but Art and Lisa would spend their Valentine's date delivering roses to their single friends?
Their wedding was just like them.
When Art gave his speech, he said that no person, no couple, is self-made. He said they are grateful for all the people who love them, and we all clapped because we all knew that the same was true about them... that even their wedding day was all about being with the people they love.
Mine was the honor of being candid photographer. Here are a few glimpses:
The church. Lisa liked it because the sanctuary was short and wide. The benches hugged the altar, so everyone could be fairly close to them.
Lisa's family is the close, loyal sort. The grandchildren are universally adored. When Kendall and Ginger arrived at the rehearsal with their mini crowd, this little guy steamed across the floor to Lisa with his arms outstretched like wings.
He must have been able to release her at some point, because here is the same guy with his grandpa who's talking to Art's youngest brother.
Their new Uncle Art is somewhat of a natural himself.
This shot is blurry because I tried to shoot without flash, but I love it. During the prayer that commenced rehearsal, Lisa's nephew looks a bit protective. And loved.
The lighting in the sanctuary was far less than ideal, but a lot of you have said you want to see shots of the families, so here goes. :)
Art and his parents.
Art and Lisa's parents.
How is it possible that I know so many talented people? The vocalists were phenomenal. Even during rehearsal, the music melted your insides and made you want to take off your shoes.
The bridal party's posture eeks out some of the reverence and sheer beauty of the music at that moment.
They didn't want to "practice" their vows. The words were tucked away and kept for the next day. Instead, they ad-libbed creative substitutes.
A happy, hand-swinging recessional. :)
The morning of the wedding was clear and frosty.
Both of them were so real, so relaxed, so present. They felt every moment without thought of the next.
The sufficiently dashing bridal party.
Art got a gem... and he knows it.
The adorable girls...
...held handwarmers with their bouquets in formal pictures and over their noses in candid ones.
The sisterhood endures...
We three have come a long from eating red jello during nightly rants in the Faith Builders dorm.
We're different, but still very much the same.
I like that about us.
Art & Lisa [iii] coming later...