February 25, 2020
These two were on a work trip on the big island, and Ryan & I hopped over to meet them for a couples anniversary session. Phy is a powerful woman being used by God to empower other women. I just love her heart in serving others to know the WHY behind what they believe. We hit it off immediately, and resonated so closely with each other’s stories. Marriage has not been easy for them either (can I get an AMEN!), so our time together was an intimate, sacred, and moving time as they celebrated another anniversary.
The enemy wants nothing but destruction to come upon marriages, so what a testament to fight FOR each other and declare affirming things while celebrating something that’s so hard, yet so good. Phy wrote a beautiful blog about marriage for their anniversary, and I HIGHLY encourage you to take 5 minutes to read it >>HERE.
We found a beautiful black sands beach to explore on big island Hawaii, but that wasn’t even the most spectacular part about it. We cried, laughed, let loose, and remembered WHY we choose to love every day.
During the first few minutes of our meeting I knew this was going to be a special time. Her heart for marriage – not just beautiful photos of happy people – was evident in everything she said. She’d sent us a questionnaire to fill out beforehand, and as we walked to the site she’d chosen she asked us to mention or talk about the things we’d said as answers.
It brought so much to the surface for us: six years. I have many friends who’ve been married ten, fifteen, twenty and thirty years; six feels so small. But those six years have so changed and wrecked and rebuilt us, they feel like twenty packed into their tiny span of time.
Gabby’s photo shoot ended up being the most memorable part of our time in Kona. The way she brought to mind the things we loved about each other, the way she encouraged us to celebrate and pray with each other, brought me – and even Josh, if he’d admit it! – to tears several times. It was a deeply emotional and meaningful time and I will treasure the photos she took forever.
Ask her if she will travel to your event! If you are ever in Hawaii, be sure to look her up!
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