I’ve tasted and seen
Of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free
And my shame is undone
Your presence, Lord.
Have you ever witnessed pure love between two people? The kind of love that is clearly visible by the way they touch or even smile at each other? The kind of love that can withstand time? Well, Paul and Beth have that and we got a front row seat to their incredible love story.
Camp Sumatanga is a cherished place by Paul and Beth. They met at Camp Sumatanga. Paul proposed there. It only seemed right to get married there. Friends and family gathered from all over the night before and filled the air with prayer and joy. Paul and Beth wanted to invite the Holy Spirit into the place to dwell and bless their new marriage the following day.
When we arrived the morning of their wedding day, we were taken back from the beauty of the day. We quickly found Beth and her bridesmaids squealing in excitement in their cabin. Beth was filled to the brim with light and her face glowed when we mentioned Paul.
Beth’s dress was the perfect blend of elegance and romance. The detail in her belt really gave a pop to the design of the dress. By the reaction of Beth’s bridesmaids, we knew Paul was going to melt when he saw her….and he did.
Paul and Beth wanted to share a moment together before the ceremony at a small chapel overlooking the entire camp. It was beautiful! When Paul turned to see Beth for the first time, he let out a huge breath of air and walked straight into her arms. They held each other for a few moments and let the day sink in. Tears welled up for sure.
The ceremony was breath-taking. Beth and Paul didn’t want this moment of the day to be all about their new marriage. They wanted it to be about what Christ can do in the lives of two people who seek Him wholeheartedly. As Beth walked down the aisle, Paul smiled and teared up. Before exchanging vows, the guests sang a hymn over Paul and Beth and it was amazing. They both decided to write their own vows and their reactions to hearing them the for the first time was priceless. The amount of sheer joy when they kissed for the first time as husband and wife…gave us chills.
As a wedding photographer, we get to witness some incredible life moments. One of our favorite moments isn’t witnessed by most people. It’s the moment immediately after the ceremony when the bride and groom finally realize they are husband and wife. The pure, honest emotion is something you can’t recreate. That moment for Paul and Beth was incredible. As I (Laura) followed them from their ceremony, they stopped and turned around to take it all in. They looked over all of their loved ones, looked at each other, and then cried together. It was the sweetest, most genuine reaction to such a precious time.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Sewell! – L & J
Venue: Camp Sumatanga // Coordinating & Planning: La Belle Vie Weddings // Gown: Something Blue // Gown Designer: Essence of Australia // Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo Inn // Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Vera Wang WHITE // Videography: Theory Y Design // Florist & Invitations: Sandi Wolf // Caterer: Donna and Donna Tully // Rentals: Tent Tech // Officiant: Pastor Danny Farley // Transportation: Private owner // Alterations: Detta Goodman from the Quality Shoppe // Entertainment: Drew Harrison & Taylor Hill