I’ve traveled far and wide documenting weddings over the past nine years.
So it was really nice to be able to photograph a wedding very close to home at Lake Forest, the church my family has been attending for the past several years.
And it was an especially joyful celebration as Michael, one of our excellent ministers, married Mandi, another member of the church family.
The first thing you notice about Michael is that he is tall…really tall. But once you talk to the Davidson College grad a bit you also recognize that is incredibly smart, and he infuses his sermons with wit and wisdom.
Mandi is friendly and personable and she has worked extensively with the youth of the church. Betsy and I also had the pleasure of serving for a time on the hospitality team with Mandi.
The couple opened their invitation to all the church members and a large number turned out. Lead Pastor Mike Moses and Mitch White, pastor of spiritual growth, teamed for the service for their fellow minister. Michael leads the mission efforts at the church and preaches on Sundays at our new location in Davidson.
Tracy Grubbs, head of creative production at Lake Forest, always comes up with interesting sets for our Sunday services and she created a beautiful candlelit setting for the wedding. Musicians Kyle Dillard and Matt Glass added their talents to the ceremony as well. Helping pull it all together was Lake Forest wedding coordinator Tracy Frank.
Highlights included an improvised step stool used in the service to help Mandi get a little closer to Michael for their kiss and a frenzied finish to their first dance.
Congratulations and all the best to Mandi and Michael and their families.