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There was a quiet hum of excitement.

These two were evidently at peace with their decision, eager to walk down the aisle but beautifully calm while preparing to do so. Smiles and hugs all around from both families and friends they call family, squishing together despite the heat because, on a day like this, a little extra sweat is nothing compared to the joy of being together. Extra tight forearm squeezes, kisses planted on loved ones, furious dance moves; all in the name of celebrating the marriage of two kick ass, Christ-loving people.

Roger & Sara have such kind, grateful hearts. Going the extra mile, making room for others in their lives, welcoming people wholeheartedly into the party they call life. They know they don’t fully know what it means to always choose each other for the rest of their lives, but goodness they’re invested in figuring it out, in practicing patience & extending grace to the one they want to be closest to.

They’re looking for the gold in each other.

Much love to you, Roger & Sara. Your wedding was the 50th one I photographed, but that’s certainly not the only reason I’ll be keeping you close to my heart.

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Church // St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church – Squamish, BC
Reception Venue // CN Roundhouse & Conference Centre
Catering // G Van Catering
Bride’s Dress //
Isabelle’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup // 
Lidia Baker
Videographer // Bernie Hipos
Photographer //
Laura-Anne, Photographer

Florals // Flower Affairs
DJ //
 Garry Robertson DJ Entertainment

Ready to inquire about your wedding? Email laura@laura-anne.ca

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Her dad described her as a fluttering butterfly. Floating in the wind, doing her own thing. He described her new husband as an oak tree, strongly rooted, allowing a safe place for his butterfly of a bride.

It’s true; Emily is carefree, lightheartedly laughing her way through life. Damian is committed, loyal to his friends & willing to take risks when he is convicted of their importance.

Who would ever have thought a girl from the prairies of Saskatchewan & a boy from the lush rainforests of Costa Rica would end up together?

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“Yes.”

It was straight forward, to the point, and without hesitation.

“Yes.”

From both of them, knowing their whole lives, answering my question with confidence.

“Have you always wanted kids?”

Yes.

These two have always wanted to be parents, even before they knew each other. They committed to marriage – a daring adventure on its own – and both felt confident in their call to this next big thing: a baby. Insert all the heart eye emojis, y’all. 

Zach & Danielle are laid back, ready to go with the plan while being open to changing it if life dictates change. That doesn’t mean they give up, though: the hailstorm we got caught in (and the rain that followed) could have put a damper on the evening we spent together, but they were game to wait it out & see what happened.

I know it was just a summer downpour, but that kind of attitude in life – calmly assessing the storms – seems wonderfully predictive of how this baby will be loved even in the hardest of times. And man, they LOVE this baby!! I can’t wait to meet their little babe in the fall!!

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Breakfast The English Baes

Love doesn’t make it easier, but it makes it easier.

We were not meant to go through this life alone. Community in the tangible sense, not just a word flippantly sprung off our tongues, may not make the burdens in our lives any less difficult, but knowing we belong, knowing we are loved, will make them easier to deal with in the day-to-day.

Love doesn’t make it easier, but it makes it easier.

Disconnection starts when we stop listening to other people’s words & when we stop using our own. Connection begins when we reach out instead of staying in, using our words first with God & then with the people who have earned the right to hear our story in its first drafts. We listen to their stories, they listen to ours, all of us listening for the sake of connection. Listening to understand, not reply.

We so desperately need to be using our words face to face, even if our living rooms are messy & our makeup isn’t done & the words take a while to get out. If we’re ever going to understand each other better we need to use our words. If we’re ever going to open up to our friends we need to use our words.

If we’re ever going to tell people about Jesus & all the good He has & continues to do for us – we need to use our words.

Just imagine, everyone collecting stories to tell of how God is speaking to them. The lessons they’re learning in the trenches of every day life. The battles they’re fighting. The wins they worked so hard for.

For our hearts to be united, we need a willingness to present the process we’re going through, not just the end product. It’s much more satisfying to celebrate the joyful occasions in our lives if we have people who understand the darkness we fought to get there.

I will advocate face to face sharing with your people over posting on social media every day, but – and this is coming from the girl who used to wish for the day social media would die – we’ve got a golden opportunity for connection on the internet. I’ve come to believe we need to learn how to tell the stories of our lives in person AND online.

After all, as Matthew Kelly says, the future belongs to storytellers.

“What will the future be like? Well, that depends very much on the stories we tell, the stories we listen to, and the stories we live.” 

It’s a dark, disconnected world out there. The world is full of people like you & me hungering for good news amidst the atrocities that are happening. The world is full of people like you & me aching for stories of other people honestly & openly engaging with the process, not just the highlight reel, of life. 

We need more than just surface level sharing, more than just stuff to show. We need more opportunities to say, “Mmm, what you’re going through? Me too. I see you. I may not be able to help your situation, I may not even have any words for you, but I’m listening to your story.”

Because while love doesn’t make it easier, it makes it easier.

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PS. If you’ve come to the end of this & find yourself saying, “Amen, sistah!” could you do me a solid? Shoot an email to laura@laura-anne.ca answering these questions:

  • Do you feel confident using your words? Why or why not?

Much thanks, friends. Share this, would ya?

xoxo

 

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