This is my journal on documenting love, finding joy, and living life to the fullest. I'm so glad you're here, and hope you enjoy your stay!
This is my journal on documenting love,
finding joy, and living life to the fullest. I'm so glad you're here, and hope you enjoy your stay!
The Mason family has grown to be a tremendously special part of the JSP family over the years. We met ten years ago when I photographed their first son’s wedding. In 2019, we reconnected when their third son was getting married. Then, we navigated together the tough decisions and emotions that came with postponing and then downsizing that wedding celebration due to Covid. Last fall, it finally became Kayla’s turn, their only daughter, to be the bride. We did Kayla and Anthony’s engagement session on their family land, just like all the other Mason couples, because Kayla’s parents were planning to downsize after she married. Her mom drove us around and I’ll never forget her dad sneaking by to check in on us too. I like to think he was just making sure his girl was taken care of.
Two weeks before Kayla and Anthony’s wedding, her Daddy suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. My heart shattered when I heard the news. I cried and mourned for their loss and spent the next week praying for them to have strength and guidance. They ultimately decided that Greg would have wanted them to have their special day as planned. To celebrate love and life. To praise God for the gift of marriage.
I wear my heart on my sleeve, and will admit that this was a hard day to contain emotions. Rain was on the forecast and dark clouds were moving in before the ceremony, but they miraculously disappeared before she walked down the aisle and sunshine broke through the trees. I couldn’t help but close my eyes and cry as strong gusts of wind made Kayla’s veil fly around. Her daddy was SO present that day, and just like at their engagement session, he was making sure his girl was ok. But as Kayla’s uncle said during his speech, the last thing her Daddy would have wanted was for the day to become about him and take the focus off of her and Anthony. So, we smiled, we danced, and we celebrated this beautiful couple.
The Mason family will continue to hold a dear place in my heart. I hope you can see the love this family shares as you look through their Runnymede Plantation wedding.
Kayla’s three brothers took turns walking her down the aisle…
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