JJ + Bethany {Gaithersburg Wedding}

"'i do' are the two most famous last words
the beginning of the end,
but to lose your life for another i've heard
is a good place to begin"

andrew peterson - dancing in the minefields
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I usually write a lot in my blog posts.
Today I'm going to keep it particularly simple, but particularly intentional.

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Bethany and JJ's wedding is hard to describe with words.
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They met at school.
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No, not in college at a bar.
Or in highschool in the band.
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They might at the small Christian school where they both teach.
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They have been good friends for a long time.
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And after a while, JJ began to pray about marrying Bethany, his amazing friend.
They hadn't been dating, or even told each other they liked one another!
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But JJ wanted to be careful with this girl. He was serious.
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Pause in the story:
I'm calling these next 20 or so pictures the "Wow, the love in this place is unreal" Sequence.
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(JJ with his sister when she walked down the aisle. They were both a MESS.)
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JJ waiting for Bethany.
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Resume story:
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JJ, Bethany and another teacher at the school took their class on a field trip.  Or rather the other teacher took the kids on a field trip and JJ + Bethany had a little date.
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"On a scale of 1-10 how hard would it be to get you to come to dinner with me this week?"
Bethany thought it would be pretty easy.

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On their first date, late this spring, JJ told Bethany one of the sweetest things I've ever heard:
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"I have never wanted to take care of someone more then I want to take care of you."
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Within months they were engaged and a few months later, they walked down in aisle in a church as husband and wife.
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Some lyrics to the song they had played at their wedding:
"So when I lose my way, find me
When I loose love's chains, bind me"

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"At the end of all my faith,
till the end of all my days
When I forget my name, remind me"

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"We went dancing in the minefields
We went sailing in the storm"

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"And it was harder than we dreamed
But I believe that's what the promise is for"

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"So I'll walk with you in the shadowlands
Till the shadows disappear"

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"Because He promised not to leave us
And His promises are true
So in the face of all this chaos, baby"
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"I can dance with you"
 
Congratulations Bethany + JJ :D God has been oh so good. 

Comments

  1. so lovely :) i love the bridesmaids shotsss.

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  2. Wow, what he said to her was SOO precious...may God bless them :)

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  3. oh wow.
    that's so beautiful:)

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  4. so beautiful Kristen ! i'm crying at my kitchen table :)
    and i'll be honest.. when i read the first part of your blog i thought to myself "keep it simple? but i LOOVE reading Kristen's words!!" but this was exta-ordinarily beautiful !! FABULOUS :)

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  5. oh.my.word! fluffy clouds below the blue earthly skies. love those! awesome post kristen! i dont say it out loud very much when i read photographers posts but i did this time when i was reading this one. //aww, thats sooo sweeet// yes i said it out loud! love that song heaps too. ive had it on loop a few times got 177 plays on it! thank you for this inspirational post!

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  6. made me teary eyed, love it

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  7. So well done! These are beautiful! :)

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  8. haha that weddin was awesome. i loved how JJ kept making faces to get bethany to laugh while she was talking. =D

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