Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Rejoicing in His love

Through the years a young girl prays for her husband to be,
She prays that God will reveal Himself, and set His spirit free.

To love, believe, and walk with God, His Spirit to obey,
She asks that Truth will be his guide and keep him for her someday.

Now she's rejoicing in His love as it flows from God above.
The one for whom she's prayed and dreamed is here for her to love.

She knows now who God's given to her, that she might understand
The love of Christ for His own bride -- she's rejoicing in God's plan.

At the same time a young man asks that God will give to him a wife;
A woman pure, who loves the Lord, a friendship made for life!

He hopes that she will love God's Word and often that she'll pray;
For Jesus Christ to be her life and then turn her heart his way.
Now he's rejoicing in His love as it flows from God above.
The one for whom he's prayed and dreamed is here for him to love.

He knows now who God's given to him, that he might understand,
The love of Christ for His own bride -- he's rejoicing in God's plan.

Today they come to unite their hearts as one in Jesus name;
They'll give their hearts, their lives, their love; a ring to seal the same.

What once was two shall become one, that the world might see again
A testimony of the love of Christ between a woman and a man.

Now they're rejoicing in His love as it flows from God above.
The one's for whom they've prayed and dreamed are here for them to love.

They know now who God's given to them, that they might understand,
The love of Christ for His own bride -- they're rejoicing in God's plan.

-Norm Wakefield


Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures. Wonderful job.

And the poem! Guys are not supposed to get emotional and all that, but that poem is really touching. There is so much outward truth in it but an even much deeper spiritual truth.

Congratulations to you and Rachel. (And of course to the young couple, whom I don't know. But they look so nice together.)


Goldfish said...

Wow, Bethany, those pictures are superb!!! I'm absolutely in love with the 2nd to last picture! And I love the poem/story that you put with it! Especially appreciate it after reading Before you meet prince charming and the Ludy books. Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations to the happy couple!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Bethany! What a beautiful job!

Anonymous said...

Hello, Bethany! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! The Lord has really blessed you with the gift of photography.
Also, in a world with such mixed up views on courtship/marrige, and waiting on the Lord's leading- its truly a bessing to see this beautiful example.
I hope you and Rachel had a wonderful time!!!
Lovingly, Jessica Mayo

Rachel Marie said...

Lovely. :) Truly Lovely.

Anonymous said...

Bethany the pictures are lovely!!!My favorites are the first,fith, nineth ones. Abby, thats her name right???? Made a beautiful bride. Mr. Wakefield's song goes great with the picture!!! Did you like his talk at the Bontragers? I take it your family has his cd? Anyway it looks like you had a great photo shoot and that everything went well. The pictures were definately worth waiting for!!!!!!!

~AliisaJoy~ said...

Oh, Bethany, those pictures are gorgeous!! Absolutely breathtaking. What a fitting poem. You are so talented!! Praise the Lord - looks like the day went smoothly and so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos Bethany!! That sweet couple just radiates God's light and their love for each other is so evident in their eyes...and of course you captured each moment in such a precious way. I'm so happy the day went well for you!! And I love those new pose ideas!!:)
Do you have Mr. Wakefields family worship cd, or was this song sung at the wedding?? It's one of my favorites that he wrote.
Again, beautiful post!! Love you lots and can't wait to see you again!!

Anonymous said...

Bethany- the pictures are brilliantly done!! I know Caleb and Abby are just thrilled with them!!! Praise the Lord- it looks like everything went well!
Thank-you for using your talents to serve others and honor the Lord!!

Unknown said...

I knew you would do a wonderful job, Bethany! Very well done! The poem was very, very touching. I appreciated that a lot. Prayer and waiting on the Lord are two of the foundations to a godly marriage. Caleb and Abby's life reflects that!! Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie said...

These are wonderful Bethany!

Anonymous said...

You captured some incrediable shots, Bethany! The words to that song are so powerful, and your post compliments it really beautifully. May God be praised!! I love you! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh they turned out so wonderful, Bethany!! Thanks so much for sharing! I love the color of the bridesmaid dresses, and the Bride's dress is beautiful!! What gorgeous pictures!!


Kate said...

Beautiful! Well done Bethany! Congrats to the radiant new couple

Melanie said...

What sweet pictures...absolutely beautiful Bethany!

Noelle Otto said...

Oh Bethany!!! I LOVE THEM!!! I couldn't imagine them not being pleased with those absolutely gorgeous pictures. You captured the feelings and the emotions of the moment so perfectly!

Thanks SO much for sharing!!!

P.S. I love that poem. So beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! You did a great job Bethany! When Rachel told me that the bride, and the whole wedding was gorgeous...your pictures couldn't have said it better!
May God bless this young couple for his glory.

See you soon! =)


Anonymous said...

Wow, Bethany! What a gorgeous wedding. I love those pictures. Very professional!!! You did a beautiful job.

I really love the chapel, colors and dresses too! :)

Thaks so much for sharing! Those are top-rate pictures, girl! You did a WONDERFUL job. I'm sure the couple must be so very, very pleased!


Anonymous said...

Yay Bethany!
You are amazing... i really enjoyed the pictures and am showing them off to Jodi! :)
Thanks again for all the encouragement!
Love ya sis!

Sara N. Smith said...

I came across your blog through the profile page. As I read your profile, my heart rejoiced. To find a young lady in love with Jesus and wanting to serve Him with all her heart - is such an immense blessing!
I loved all the pictures you posted...they are fantastic! I'm going to add you to my favorites as maybe I can learn a few things from your photography! :)
Blessings to you always!

Anonymous said...

Hello Bethany! I found your blog through a friend of a friend and have been enjoying all of your beautiful pictures!

Your wedding pictures turned out lovely!


Anonymous said...

Oh - they're absolutely STUNNING!! Great photography, and excellent use of your God-given talent. It looks like it was a very beautiful wedding, and gives us hope for the future...for whatever God has in store for us. Thanks so much for sharing the pictures - the bride is so beautiful and radiant. And the song that goes with it - fits so perfectly and beautifully. God bless you Bethany!!!

Ruth Ann

Anonymous said...

The pictures look very lovely! It is encouraging to see pure looking young couples!
I was curious if you could tell me the age of the bride. I know that sounds like a strange question, but I am 17 and became betrothed at 16. Lord willing, I'll be wed in spring(prayerfully while still 17). Abby looks like a very young bride and I was just curious about what time of life she was blessed with marriage.
Once again, the pictures look wonderful!!!!! The Lord has given you a great gift!
( : David's Kate : )

Kristi said...

These were beautiful and the poem was precious. Great job!


Bethany said...

To answer the questions:

The words posted are a song that Caleb and Abby sang during the wedding ceremony. Though I am acquainted with Norm Wakefield, we do not have his CD. Sounds like it is a good one, though!

And Abby, the bride, is 19 years old.

God answered so many prayers throughout the day -- thank you again so much for praying! God bless you all!

Anonymous said...

Good job!
You are very gifted in photography!!!

Anonymous said...

Even though I got to tell you in person, I'll tell you again: you did a great job with the photography! I like the song, too. I've never heard it, but the words are great!
It was nice seeing you for the short moment yesterday! Call me when you're in the area again and let me know if you have time to stop by for a little longer. :)

Unknown said...

Wow! These pictures are all beautiful.

The Grady Family said...

Oh, Bethany! The mother of the bride is very pleased with the photos! You are very creative just like your God! I know how important it was to C&A to have you do the photography...they did everything they could to find a wedding date when you could take the pictures. Thank you for taking the extra effort of flying in to make it work out. We REALLY appreciate it. I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures. Now the problem will be which ones to choose since there are so many good ones...Thank you again. My heart overflows with thanksgiving to God for His mercy.

Shelly Grady

The Mom said...

The pictures look wonderful, the couple looks sweet and you once again did a GREAT job!

Oh, and 19 is a nice age to get married. :)

Anonymous said...

They are so cute!
I can't wait to see the rest, you did a great job!
Esther Beasley

A Heart of Praise said...

Wow beautiful pictures Bethany! The song is so fitting and touching as well!
It looks like it was a lovely wedding. Thank you for sharing the pictures! God bless.

~Emily :)

Anonymous said...

More more more!!!!!

Erin said...

Wow, so gorgeous! i love the close up of his arm around her, showing the wedding ring. You have a great eye, fabulous job!

Under Southern Skies said...

Lovely! You are so good at taking pictures, especially of little details. Keep up the good work!

Janna said...

How lovely, Bethany! You did a wonderful job. And the autumn wedding theme is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

I love the pictures. She is such a beautiful bride, and they are such a cute couple. I love the colors to.Thanks for sharing with us the beautiful pictures.

Anonymous said...

I have been admiring your photgraphy from afar and have never left a comment until now, but I feel compelled to let you know how much this post has touched me. The words were so beautiful interspersed with your lovely photographs from this wedding. I found your blog link on Biblical Womanhood and have been impacted by your life and ministry.

I am in the process (as a stay-at-home mom of three) of developing my abilities as a "professional" photographer. I am just starting out and would welcome all of your advice about this since I don't have a mentor.

You can reach me at ImagesbyGina@aol.com

Blessings to you and your sweet family as well.

Mrs. Gina W.

Anonymous said...

I've been enjoying your blog! Beautiful wedding pictures! Thanks for your encouragement! God bless!

Holly Merryman

Anonymous said...

You don't know me, but I've been lurking on your site for a few years now. I was just browsing through some of your older posts and something about this one caught my eye...
Notice the group shot with the whole bridal party--everyone's looking inward toward Caleb and Abby except Dan. Dan is looking straight into the camera. :)