This past Saturday I met Hayley and Ethan at the Town of Livingston for their engagement session. I was quickly reminded why I love engagement sessions so much, and why they are such an essential part of my client experience! I was especially thankful when Hayley and Ethan agreed to travel from their college towns for a weekend in Mississippi for their engagement session with me! They are both in their final semesters of school… Hayley in Columbia, SC and Ethan outside of Atlanta, GA.
Hayley and Ethan met at Impact 360, a gap year Christian leadership program. After completing the one year program, their relationship has developed long distance as they have attended different universities. God’s plan for their relationship has not been deterred by the distance. This past fall, Ethan planned an epic mountain top proposal in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee! Hayley recalled Ethan rushing to the top as she wanted to stop to look at wildflowers and take in the sunset. Little did she know he had a big question to ask her once they reached the top! Hayley said that eventually they made it to the top where he stopped, got down on one knee, and asked the big question. “I screamed with joy and it was the most dreamy moment of my life for sure.His friends were hiding to take pictures. It was so beautiful and could not have been more perfect.”
But that’s not all. Afterwards he surprised her again. All their friends were in a cabin nearby ready to celebrate with them!
Throughout Hayley and Ethan’s engagement session we shared our hearts for Jesus. For me, the biggest highlight of what was a perfect session was when Ethan asked me to pray for them before we left. This missionary’s heart came even more alive in that moment, and it felt like Holy Spirit took over my mouth as His heart for this couple began to pour out through me. I can feel His excitement over the plans he has for Hayley and Ethan! His plans to advance His Kingdom through this couple in submission to Him, laying down their lives and taking up His cross.
It is such an honor to be able to capture this love story as He is writing it. I can’t wait to see Him glorified as these two become one in May!
Have you ever met someone and knew instantly that they were your kind of people? That’s how I felt when I met Allison and Chris for our portrait session on Tuesday! It was clear from the first moment I met them that these were two fun-loving people who were passionate about one another! Laid back, easy going and full of laughter, Allison and Chris braved the cold to meet me at the Town of Livingston near Flora, MS to capture these joy-filled images! As we walked around this small town and talked about the different paths life has taken us, we found so many points of intersection between my life and theirs! Not only do they know my bonus daughter Taylor, but Chris was an attorney at my uncle’s law firm and worked with my step-brother! Seriously, we had the BEST time!
Allison and Chris, as I have edited your images I have prayed over you both. The scriptures the Lord has given me for you is from Proverbs 15:15, “the cheerful heart has a continual feast” and from Proverbs 17:22, “a cheerful heart is good medicine.” Your laughter was certainly good medicine for me on a cold winter Tuesday and I am so thankful for our time together!!
Abigail: father rejoiced or father’s joy. Gives joy. The intelligent, beautiful Abigail was King David’s third wife, described as “good in discretion and beautiful in form.”
Grace: the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
Abby Wilkerson, the name your parents gave you was a prophetic word of the beautiful, intelligent, blessing of a young lady you are today!
I first met Abby in the spring of 2011. I was working with her dad Kelly at Morgan White Group and our department decided to have a BBQ to meet everyone’s families. I was also living at We Will Go Ministries where she served with her mom Amy, sister Katie, and their homeschool co-op group CHEC. Shortly after I moved overseas, her family sold their home and moved on base to serve full time with We Will Go. Over the years I have had the honor of watching Abby grown into a beautiful, talented young woman with a BIG heart for Jesus and love for His people.
Abby not only smart, but a hard worker! While still in high school, she has been dual enrolled at Holmes Community College. She will continue her education at the same community college this fall, taking full advantage of scholarships offered. She then plans to transfer to Mississippi State University, her parent’s alma mater.
Abby and I had so much fun at her senior portrait session at the Town of Livingston! This girl is so fun to laugh with and I was so pleased to capture her joy and laughter in the images from her session! I love to pray over my clients as I edit their photos, and I can feel the Lord’s excitement over Abby’s future! Abigail Grace – keep your eyes on Jesus and hold His hand tightly as you take each step. Your Heavenly Father delights in you, beautiful girl! And He has amazing plans for you!!