Shaina and Josh’s Carmichael Presbyterian Church Wedding
After eight years of dating and even engagement, Shaina and Joshua were finally calling it quits. More accurately, they were giving up their old relationship for a new life of wedded bliss, and Erica and I were thrilled to photograph their wedding day there at Carmichael Presbyterian Church.
Our ties to Shaina and Josh date back some time now. Erica taught high school science to Shaina years ago, and always remembered her as a strong and smiling student. We encountered her years later when we discovered happily that she would be a gymnastics instructor for our three kids, each of whom fell in love with her along the way. As such, we called upon her for babysitting…often. Most recently, we got to know Josh as well when they approached us about doing premarital coaching with them. And what a pleasure that was.
To see these two together is to know wisdom and contagious joy. Shaina is creative, mature beyond her years, and willing to do anything for a friend. She’s a hard worker, a planner, and smiles not with a veneer of happiness, but with refreshing sincerity. Josh is a perfect complement for her. He’s a fun-loving jokester and plenty joyful himself, often caught singing to their two dogs. He’s intelligent and goal-oriented. They’ve walked through tough times and easy times alike and were ready to walk into marriage. How encouraging to see a couple with such a great foundation!
The cherry on top of it all? They asked us to photograph their special day.
You’ll see a few of my favorite photos from their lovely wedding on the grounds of Carmichael Presbyterian Church below. I hope that they capture at least sliver of the selflessness, creativity, and affection these two showed as they glided with grace through their wedding day.
Congratulations, Shaina and Josh. I pray that you enjoy decades of joyful life together!
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