Dear COVID-19 Bride, Jesus Cares About Your Wedding

Dear COVID-19 Bride, Jesus Cares About Your Wedding

Jesus’ first recorded miracle was at a wedding. It wasn’t a healing. it wasn’t a prophetic fulfillment. It was a personal gift, for a couple and the celebration of their marriage. 

When I read this story this morning, I saw it in a different light than I’ve seen it before— I thought of all of the brides facing uncertainty during the Coronavirus pandemic. I thought of all the brides we’ve talked to that are having to delay or even cancel their wedding celebration they’ve worked so hard to plan, organize, and pay for. It made me think of the bride getting married this Summer— looking at her budget and wondering if she should order and send her invitations because she can’t afford to reprint if something happens. It made me think of the couple who has already waited a year — and is giving up their big day plans to elope so they can start their life together. It made me think of all the brides facing all the unknowns, and feeling like her perfect day is ruined. We feel for you. And we’re doing our best to walk alongside these brides as they make these tough decisions.

So when I read this story in the book of John this morning, you, bride-to-be, came to mind. And I want you to remember this today— Jesus is still in the business of working miracles. Not just healing miracles, not just miracles on a global scale, but little, personal miracles. He still multiplies, he still uses difficult seasons for a beautiful harvest. He still works all things together for the good of those who love him, and are called according to his purpose.

“Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.  And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

John 2:6-12

Your plans may change, but God is working in ways you might not even be able to see. Whatever your day ends up looking like, if he is there, it will be perfect. Keep your eyes on him and on each other, and let the One who turned water into wine work out the rest of your perfect day.

Victoria + Mike | Elegant Barn Wedding at Cardinal Creek Farms | Augusta, Kansas

This day was a really special one for us. Nathan and Mike have been co workers for years at various jobs through college and beyond, and Nathan got to watch as Mike’s love for Tori grew and blossom into something so special and beautiful.

The first time I (Patience) met Tori was when I was asked to photograph the proposal at Botanica last Christmas. I knew as soon as I captured those moments and congratulated them that the two were absolutely PERFECT for each other. Both Mike, Tori, and all of their families truly made us feel so loved throughout the whole wedding photography process, and we loved getting to be a part of their special day and even stayed to celebrate on the dance floor after our scheduled hours of shooting were over.

A thousand congratulations to this beautiful couple. We can’t wait to see what the Lord does in and through their marriage.

The Hastings Family // Adventure Session

Our favorite thing about photographing families is just watching the natural relationships and dynamics come out. It was so much fun to get to capture the Hastings Family over their Christmas break together. One of the families lives in Colorado and times with grandparents, aunts uncles and grandchildren together is rare and sweet. Such a joy to document these moments.

Mitch + Connor | Engagement Session in Kansas City, KS

Talk about a power couple. Connor and Mitch both work in law enforcement and are passionate about what they do. They have big personalities and even bigger hearts, and their love for each other is deep and strong. I loved the earth tone colors they chose for their outdoor engagement session in Shawnee Mission Park. The tall wild grass and beautiful trees mixed together with the wind on that day doing amazing things to Connor’s hair all made for the perfect kind of engagement shoot. Cannot wait to photograph their wedding in Kansas City this fall.