No matter how delightful a wedding we film, we are pooped at the end of the night, but leaving Lauren and Sean’s wedding we had a smile on our faces. Not only were they just a hoot to be around, but it was deeply encouraging to see a young couple make sacrifices to buck cultural norms and pursue each other with passion, fun, and integrity. We spent their wedding day at the picturesque 1830’s vintage Gish Barn. This great venue is run by our friends Nathan and Amanda Roth who are a pleasure to know and work with. Lauren and her bridesmaids got ready on the barn’s first floor surrounded by wooden beams that pre-date the Civil War. Beth and I had so much fun getting silhouettes of Lauren through the old barn doors! When it came time for her dad to have his first look at his daughter in her wedding dress, he entered through an old sliding door. The emotion between the two as well as her mother was precious. Before the ceremony, Lauren was surrounded by her bridesmaids as they prayed over her and her marriage to Sean.
So up we went to the main floor of the barn where the ceremony took place. Two moments stood out to me. The first when was when Lauren took in a breath as Sean recited his vows. She seemed to be trying to contain her heart in the sudden reality of this immense moment. The second was during a time of prayer when Sean, who was holding Lauren’s hands in his, brought them up to his lips, and gently kissed them.
The reception rounded out the day as everyone celebrated, including a surprise for Lauren’s mom: they danced to “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease just as they did when Lauren was young!
As an added blessing, Lauren and Sean did something that has never happened to us-they invited both of us and our kids to their house to have the first viewing of their wedding film alongside family! Their hospitality and faith-filled hearts made us feel so welcome. Thank you, Lauren and Sean! May you be blessed with rivers of delight in your marriage!