I’ll never forget the day a bubbly blonde girl walked into the hair salon I worked at. We began exchanging stories as I washed her hair, and it didn’t take long to realize we connected at a deeper level. We both understood what it meant to hit the bottom of life, and how hard it was to climb out of that. We knew what it meant to be scared, hurt and to try again each time. Nicole told me about this new guy she had met, and we talked about the date they were going on that evening.

She inspired me. See, we both understood what it meant to hit bottom and climb out of that, but this lovely lady? She is living proof that no matter what deck of cards this life deals, there is hope in the shadows. She is proof that you can make it through anything, and one day you can be the happiest girl in the world.

That’s what I saw the day I got to capture these two say, “I do.” I saw two people who fought through life, and eventually found each other. Two people who are grounded in their faith, passion and determination. I saw two people who hold a love for one another that is built on trust, connection, promises and authenticity. A love that is built on selfless choice to do life together, believe in one another and be best friends forever.

August 12, 2017 was a beautiful day. I loved being one of the photographers, and giving them a keepsake that will forever tell the story of the day they became one.

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