I've known Elisa for more than 5 years- we met while she (and possibly me, too?) were students at UGA and lived in Athens. The first memory that comes to mind about Elisa is her awesome fashion sense... I remember before EVERYONE was wearing scarves Elisa would wear these funky ones and look amazing. It's no surprise that her great taste spilled over into wedding planning, from the bouquets she and her bridesmaids MADE themselves to the different bright colored shoes everyone wore. And Nathan's suspenders, classic glasses, and plaid tie? killer. Elisa put this whole day together making most things herself or by friends. Even the benches at the ceremony were made out of pallets by a friend for his wedding and used again at theirs. I loved the benches and wished I could buy some! The ceremony was outside of a historic library in Augusta and it could not have been more beautiful. Elisa told me it was the first time a wedding was done on the lawn of the library (she and Nathan had gone to concerts on the lawn there before and thought it would make a great wedding venue). It really was such a beautiful ceremony and I couldn't be happier for Elisa finding the right man. And crazy enough as I was taking Nathan's family portraits I found out they are all from Binghampton, NY where my parents bought their first house and not too far from where I was born. Small world for sure. I loved this wedding and am so thankful that Elisa asked me to document it. You guys are great and I hope these pictures reflect even half of how beautiful that day was.
just a quick story about the next picture- this is a tattoo on the arm of one of Elisa's bridesmaids (Julie). I saw it and had to ask her the story of why she chose that word. She talked about a hard time in her life and how God really impressed on her that she is his, found by him, redeemed by him. Julie I hope I'm telling this right... But ironically as I was looking at this picture on my computer the song that was playing on Pandora was "You Found Me" by The Fray. The song doesn't exactly fit Julie's story except it does say something profound and relevant to how I have felt in the past:
Lost and insecure, you found me, you found me
That just struck me since I was editing this picture and thinking about God's faithfulness in Julie's life. I'm grateful God continues to search me out when I'm hiding and always finds me, and reminds me of grace and mercy.