Last weekend I had the pleasure assisting as 2nd shooter with Diane Grimmeison of Natural NV Images as we shot the wedding of Megan Smith to Eric West. We were so pleased to find that Megan and Eric wanted to do a first look the day before the wedding which really took some of the pressure off of the big day. We took them to Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley for their first look. If you haven’t been up there, I highly recommend it. The beauty and landscapes makes it truly a peaceful place. The ceremony was on Lake Wildwood on one of the hottest days in April this year… and to think, we were worried about rain! Eric and Megan were so laid back and full of peace and joy as they joined not only themselves, but their families as well. The children between them were their wedding party and an intricate part of the ceremony as each received a special gift from the couple. Eric read the “courageous resolution” from the movie Courageous as a vow to his family. The resolution is as follows:
I DO solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife and my children.
I WILL love them, protect them, serve them and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.
I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me.
I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds and all of their strength.
I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly.
I WILL confront evil, pursue justice and love mercy.
I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect and compassion.
I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family.
I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.
I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God.
I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word and do His will.
I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.
Congratulations to Eric, Megan, and the kids as you start your new lives together, honoring each family member. Blessings to you and yours and thank you for allowing me to accompany Diane and capture your special day.
Below are some of my favorite images from the first look and ceremony of Megan & Eric’s wedding.