PREVIEW GALLERY: Congratulations, Katie and Morgan || Romantic, Bookish, Woodland Fairy tale Wedding || Sage Green, Blue & Ivory Mountain Wedding || Spring 2017 || Lydia Mountain || Stanardsville Virginia

 AGAPE LOVE

The Greek word agape is often translated “love” in the New Testament. How is “agape love” different from other types of love? The essence of agape love is goodwill, benevolence, and willful delight in the object of love. Unlike our English word love, agape is not used in the New Testament to refer to romantic or sexual love. Nor does it refer to close friendship or brotherly love, for which the Greek word philia is used. Agape love involves faithfulness, commitment, and an act of the will. It is distinguished from the other types of love by its lofty moral nature and strong character.

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Dear Katie and Morgan,

As I type this, I have to giggle to myself. “I hope you aren’t disappointed at our lack of details”. Nope, Katie! No disappointment over lack of details here! No lack of details either! Every little touch was so thought-felt, deliberate and elegant.

Bookish, woodland fairy tale weddings in the mountains might be my new  favorite.

 It was like love was an actual guest at your wedding. something you could touch and not just feel. The love you both have for Jesus, the love of your friends and family and the profound love you have for each other.

Morgan, it is impossible for me to look at these images and not feel in my heart the joy you had in yours!

Katie, there was a moment you said “oh babe” as you walked towards Morgan with your father, and I felt at if you couldn’t get to the end of the aisle fast enough.

And then those speeches and first dances… Just so much love.

People often ask me about weddings from my perspective.

When I arrive you are little kids again, getting ready with siblings, moms and dads.

As the day goes on your circle of friends expands. I see more of you as an individual. I see all the choices that you made for your day.

And then, you meet at your first look or at the end of the aisle, and you change. You become part of a union, a true synergy, better together than on your own.

Your wedding day is not just a story of your vows, but a story of your life. Bringing all of your childhood and all of your collective experiences into this one new moment.

From this new and perfect moment, I wish you many happy journeys and a long and happy life together.

Most of all I wish that your special agape love continues to grow, brighten and give new meaning to all it touches.

xo,
Beth

 

A very special thank you to Catie Howard  for her camaraderie, hard work and, of course, gorgeous images.

Vendor Love:

Venue: Lydia Mountain Lodge & Cabins

Wedding Co-ordinator: Allison Hartfield

Officiant: Scott Brown

Cake: Paradox Pastry

Gowns & Suits:

Groom: Belk

Bridesmaids: Apricity – Gossamer Powder

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