Monday, August 5, 2013

Zachary and Elizabeth: wedding!! :D {kirksville, mo wedding photographer}


Y'all saw a sneak peek; now the full (very full :D) post of Zack and Elizabeth's wedding day is finally here :D. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you...

the day Zachary Ben Jennings and Elizabeth Ann Blum became one :) :).
 

I mentioned in the sneak peek that Elizabeth is a dear old friend of mine. Well, she is :). Here's a picture from when we first met to prove it. Haha! :D. That picture was taken when I was around 9 or so, but our friendship really shot off when I was 13 :). I will always be grateful to her for her friendship to me during my teenage years. She was like the big sister I never had (still is :) ) and really aided my spiritual growth. God knew she was just what I needed :). Now, over 10 years later, I've had the privilege and pleasure of shooting her wedding day :'). How good the Lord is to His children, eh, Elizabeth? :)

Now, on with the pictures :D.



 This is just the first of many examples that Elizabeth makes some of the best facial expressions. Haha. She's awesome :D.


 
 

Elizabeth was a super relaxed, care free, and just plain happy bride :D.



She had fun on her wedding day :D.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

So many dear-to-her-heart friends surrounded her as she prepared; the whole room had such a good feel because of it :).



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oh, you gorgeous woman :D.


 
 
 

Recognize this girl? I shot part of her wedding this past March! :D (here and here)



 
 
 
 
 
 

And here we come to "God's special people": the guys. Haha :D.




Again, like I said in the sneak peek, Zack is an old friend too! I've know him and his family since I was 15 and they're some of my favorite people :D. Everyone has such a love, respect, and special place in their hearts for the Jennings family and the memory of Zack's dad, Bro. Bob. Zack is such a happy, Godly guy and I'm so glad God brought him and Elizabeth together :D.



 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Zack and his favorite guys :D.


 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 


 
 
 
 

Zack was ecstatic :D.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beautiful :D.



Seeing how it looks :D.


 

Elizabeth was pretty excited too ;D.


 

 

One of the prettiest bridal parties I've ever seen :D. And they're all my friends! :D


 

Regan Hargrave was Elizabeth's matron of honor. They grew up together and are best of friends :D.



Rebekah Gates was Elizabeth's maid of honor. They've also been best buds their whole lives. Actually, Elizabeth, Regan, and Rebekah have been a trio for as long as I can remember :D.



This is Evangeline Jennings: Zack's younger sister and sweet friend of Elizabeth :D.



This is Amy Ochs: another life long friend of Elizabeth's :).



This is Brianna Larson-Jackson: Elizabeth's cousin and friend :D.



And last, but not least, this is Angela Leiter: Elizabeth's former house mate and buddy :D.



Then it was time for her dad to see her :)


 
 
 
 

These are Elizabeth's sweet parents: Mr. Mike and Mrs. Julie :D.



Then her brothers got to see her :D.


 

Joshua, Nathaniel, and Matthew :D.




The Blum family :). With the addition of Nate's wife, Heather and their son Gavin :D.



The bridesmaids hanging out :D.



Now Zack and his guys :D.



They were fun :D.


 

Jared Jennings, Zack's older brother, was his best man. They're goofs. Haha :D.



This is Evan Jennings: Zack's younger brother and buddy :D.



This is Daniel Hargrave: they've known each other their whole lives :D.



This is James Jennings: not Zack's brother, but his brother in law actually! Haha :D



This is Scott Kapshandy: Zack's old college roommate and friend :D.



And lastly, this is Daniel Hamilton: lifelong buddy of Zack's :D.


 

Zack and his sweet mom, Mrs. Terri :D.



The Jennings family :). Or most of it: Bethany (James' wife and Zack's older sister) was tending their baby girl Selah :).


 
 

Zack and Elizabeth didn't want to see each other before the ceremony, but they were definitely up for holding hands :D.


 
 
 
 

Precioussss :D.

 
 
 
 

Don't let the typo on the program deceive you; they were married in July. Lol :D.


 
 

Time to pray before the ceremony :).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Therrrre's Bethany and baby Selah :D.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Listening to the sermon :).



 
 
 
 
 

Watching the slideshow :).


 

Look! There's my buddy Allix! She videoed the wedding :D.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

That's Bro. Bob's brother, Tom, to the right :).


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"You may kiss the bride."


 

Their faces!! :D


 
 
 

"Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Jennings" :D.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Husband and wife :D.


 

John Hargrave and Tony Leiter were the ushers :D.




 

Bro. Clint Leiter and Mason Vann :).


 
Zack's family :).



Tiiiime for the wedding portraits :D :D. They're SUCH a handsome looking couple :D.

 

But along with these first few portraits, I want to share what they shared with me: their story :).

 
"Our story:
The incredible thing about a Christian love story is that they always begin before the foundation of the world. Just like God made Eve for Adam, God ordains and creates each spouse for the enjoyment, and sanctification of one another. Graciously and gloriously as children of God we are not an exception to this plan of God.


  
Zachary:

By God’s grace we were both converted young. We both grew up in Christian families. I began to pray about Elizabeth while I was still attending S&T in Rolla Missouri. I felt like the Lord was leading me to pray about her, but I didn’t want to try to manipulate. I wanted the Lord to bring it about if it was His will.

Elizabeth:
I felt the call of God to move to Sedalia, MO and attend hygiene school at SFCC. Occasionally Zachary would come home and attended Hwy M Chapel. He never gave me any inclination that he was interested in anything beyond friendship, which allowed us uninhibited friendship and allowed us to get to see each other’s walk with the Lord in a neutral setting.


Zachary:
After over a year of praying about her, I counseled with some people about marrying Elizabeth. I was given positive counsel and, feeling lead by the Lord, asked Elizabeth to talk one evening in January 2012.


Elizabeth:
After taking a walk together, I agreed to pray with him for a while and that we would both seek the Lord regarding the matter. After prayer and seeking counsel, I came to the conclusion that I did not have peace that God wanted me to marry him at that time. Even though I viewed him as the godliest and happiest man I knew and there were no objections to his character, there was not a sense of God being in the marriage at that time. We both decided that if God was in this thing, He could bring it about.

'Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In ALL your ways, acknowledge Him, and he will make your path straight.'-Proverbs 3:5,6


Zachary:
We were both thrown back on God for wisdom. One big thing that I learned was to trust God’s sovereignty. If God wanted me to marry her, He could bring it about. I remember thinking
'Well, am I going to believe that God is in control or not.' Also, to just follow the Lord.
'Whenever the cloud was lifted from over the tent, afterward the sons of Israel would then set out; and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the sons of Israel would camp.'-Numbers 9:17
It wasn’t like I had a strong sense that the Lord was going to give her peace about it. I didn’t really know what to think. God just kept bringing me back to the point of resting in His will and His sufficiency. He is enough.


Elizabeth:
On the other hand, I did not feel God had given me a
'yes marry him' or 'no, he’s not the one' answer, but a simple, 'trust' answer. God spoke to me over and over again the next week about trusting Him. Over the next year I learned more than ever that God was good. He knew what he was doing and would withhold no good from one of His chosen daughters. Not only was I seeing that He would he withhold no good, but that goodness and loving-kindness would FOLLOW me all the days of my life. (Psalms 23:6). In June of 2012, due to some impatience on our part, Zachary and I talked about what God would have as far as dating. But again God led us to the conclusion that God would make it plain and that we could trust the Lord without having to date one another to see if it was the Lord's will to be married. Again, we were cast upon the Lord. It seemed similar to when Abraham tried to bring God’s promise to fruition in his own strength rather than resting in God. It was like we were trying to make it easier for God. Many months later, through the providence of God and in HIS perfect time, the Lord gave everything that was asked: providential guiding, positive counsel, objective and subjective guidance, and a heart that knew that God had planned this and that it was His will for our lives.


  
For myself, It all came very suddenly. The Lord made it very plain that I could, without fear of being wrong, trust God to lead me in the right path. After talking with some counselors, I asked Clint Leiter, who felt like he was telling one kid that another kid liked him, to tell Zachary that God had granted me peace and that I believed marrying him was God’s will.


Zachary:
I was totally taken off guard. I had no idea. My first thought was
'Wow, God really did bring it about' and 'you of little faith.' However, I also went through a time of having doubts and fears about whether the Lord was in it. But looking back, I really feel like it was the enemy getting in. One big thing that I feel like the Lord showed me during the time was to stand on what I knew to be true. And you have to stand on the promises of God whether it’s in regard to salvation or assurance or marriage or whatever.


Elizabeth:

Zachary proposed marriage at sunset on a cliff overlooking a gorgeous view. I said yes.

The last 6 months have been an unwinding in our hearts and souls of the plan that God created for us before the foundation of the world. We both marvel at the goodness and wisdom of God in keeping us for this time and ordaining our way so wisely. We both see that God’s timing is far better than ours and that God’s gifts are incredibly good. Satan loudly opposes Christian marriages, so we both have had our share of fears but always come back to the knowledge that God is with us and we are obeying His sovereign plan. The gift of love that we share is….well, it’s just plain good. We are thankful for what God has done and look forward to what God will do in our lives together. To His name be the glory, great things He has done.


My favorite things about my love, Zack:

I love his hands…they are huge and make me feel small.
 
 
 

I love his constant joy.

I love his tenderness.

I love his ability to make me laugh.

I love his gentle spirit towards me.

I love the way he can lead me so gently but firmly in the Christian life.

I love his lion heart in the things of the Lord.

I love his incredibly blue eyes!!

I love that he is my stability, my rock.

BEST teeth ever. ;).

I love it when he laughs really really hard.

I LOVE his singing voice.




   
What I love about Elizabeth:

I love the way she clings to the Lord.

Not to be a copycat, but I really do love her hands.

I love how she’s been such a helper even when we are only engaged.

I love how she wants to reach out to people.

I love how she’ll share things the Lord’s been showing her.

I just love being with Liz. Even though it’s only been a taste being engaged, It’s been wonderful to spend life together, to share burdens together, to rejoice together, to seek the Lord together, to just be together. And I’m looking forward to it being carried out far more fully in marriage by the grace of our loving heavenly Father.


 
 

And that is them, ladies and gentlemen. They're pretty incredible :).

Look at those sweet faces! They make me smile :D.



Yay for wedding party pictures!! :D



And what a fun wedding party this was :D.


 
 

Stunning, y'all :D.



 

Love these happy pretty ladies :D.


 

 
 

And hooray for these great guys :D.



Me: "Fierce, guys." Haha.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/9424784889_d59c5020ee_o.jpg

 
 

Oh, these guys. Haha :D.



I told the guys to make them laugh. Haha :D.


 
 
 

Beautiful :D.


 

:D


 
 

Rebekah was gonna try to get Elizabeth down, but then she called for...



...Elizabeth's man! Hehe :D


 
 

Good call, Rebs :D.



Models.



A few more portraits with her girls :).


 
 

Now time for just Zack...



...and Elizabeth :D.

 

 
 

Wow.


 

Their sweet love makes me happy :D.

 
 

At last :).


 

 :D


 
 
 
 

Since he loves her hands too... :D.


 
 

Oh! That love!



 Mmm :)


 
 

Ooooh, you can't buy this kinda love :D.

 

Those priceless facial expressions again!! And Zack loves 'em :D.



I love how they make each other laugh :D :D.



Gorgeous :D.


 
 
 
 

Reception time! :D


 
 
 
 

Gotta go get food :D. Don't they look great?!


 


 
 


Yeah, they're gonna be happy :D.



 

 
 
 
 
 


Tim Cason (a man from Elizabeth's old church) did an aMAzing job with the live music!



 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Hahaha :D


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Stephen and Abby sang a really cute love song called "Taking You With Me" while Zack and Elizabeth cut the cake :D.


 
 
 
 
 
 

They liked it. Hehe :D



Time for the sweet speeches :D.


 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I caught them just randomly kissing. Hooray :D (they're husband and wife, by the way ;) ).


 
 
 

Closing prayer :).


 
 
 

 Ready for the bouquet toss. "All the single ladies." Hehe :D.


 
 
 
 
 

Time to get ready to leave!


 
 

Here they come!


 

 

:D


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 And off they went :D. The Lord is good :).


With a smile,
{ Rachel Leigh }

8 comments:

Moriah Mari said...

Oh!! What lovely work, what a sweet couple! I particularly like how you shared their story - encouraging. I enjoyed this!

Oriana said...

wow, rachel first off, let me tell you how much i enjoyed looking at your work! you are so good at capturing moments and i know zack and liz will be forever grateful to you! they are a beautiful couple.

Allix B. said...

Yaaaay! Love these, my spectacular friend. :) You really did fantastic.

Morg said...

wow you did a great job! these pictures are very beautiful, great job!

Hannah Royal said...

Girl, You did amazing!! Can't wait for you to do mine!!

heatheranneweeks said...

Incredible, Rachel. I stopped keeping count of all my "favorites."

Lauren Frey said...

Awesome job, Rachel!

I haven't known Elizabeth for very long, but these pictures jerked some tears. Such a sweet couple!

Kathryn Grace said...

Beautiful job, Rachel!