John Henry and Kelsey - Married!

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John Henry and Kelsey were married on a gorgeous July afternoon, beginning a new chapter in their epic love story. Theirs is a love story that is fully of twists, surprises, and, now, a very happily ever after. As they stood in front of their closest friends, family, and especially their darling daugther, Karrisa, it felt like all of the pieces of the puzzle were finally coming together. All of us in attendance were witnessing answers to prayers and I was reminded, once again, that God's plan is good and that even when things are hard, God has blessings waiting for His children just around the corner. I also couldn't help but think about Karissa and how this was one of the most important days in her young life! Perhaps she won't remember it, but the day her parents pledged to love one another forever was heartfelt, so full of love, and all around perfect.

John Henry and Kelsey - thank you so much for inviting me into your wedding day and into your lives. The love you two share for God and for one another is inspirational and the commitment you exhibit as you parent Karissa is admirable. I am so proud of you both and so thankful to call you friends!

Before I get too sappy, onto the photos!

Kelsey looked STUNNING thanks to hair by Chelsea Thompson and makeup by Christiane Davis.

Kelsey and John Henry opted for a first look and it was the sweetest moment ...

Kelsey also arranged to have a kind of "first look" with her Dad. I'm pretty sure I only let one tear drop onto my camera ...

The wedding party joined us at the park and boy, did they look good!

Kelsey, you are so beautiful! Karissa agrees with me. :)

Kelsey and John Henry arrived at the SeaCliff Country Club and began preparing for their marriage ceremony by joining the member of their wedding party in prayer and then lining up to walk down the aisle!

Following the ceremony, Kelsey and John Henry danced their first dance as husband and wife and kicked off a reception full of sweet toasts, amazing cake, and a whole lotta dancing. Kelsey had a surprise groom's cake made for John Henry from Rossmoor Pastries. I think it's safe to say he was surprised and thrilled.

Second Shooter: Shauna Miller

Coordination: Brittany Klein

Venue: SeaCliff Country Club in Huntington Beach

Florals: Vickie Doughty of Abundantly More

Cake: Rossmoor Pastries

Hair: Chelsea Thompson

Makeup: Christiane Davis