“Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’” Genesis 2:18
Today was my first meeting with my newest couple, Moriah Peters and Joel Smallbone. I have known Moriah since she was a freshman in high school and have seen her grown up into one of the most amazing human beings I have ever met. If the two names don't ring a bell for you, let me give you a background of the couple. They are both musicians in the Christian music industry--Moriah flying solo, and Joel as one of two members of the band King & Country.
Today I met the couple and Moriah's mother (also a close family friend) at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, the Disneyland of all churches. Joel had just got done playing a set and had a few hours to kill before his next gig, and Moriah had a few hours before her set at The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa. To have the two together, in the same spot, circa the same area, at the same time is RARE so I jumped at the opportunity to meet with them!
While discussing venues, guests, decor, vendors, and more, I would occasionally find the two love birds staring in each other's eyes, holding hands, giggling--you know, the honeymoon stage type of deal. It was soo adorable and made me even more excited to be apart of this immaculate day full of love. But what I couldn't get enough of was the way that Moriah and Joel's love for the Lord reflected through their love for each other. Their relationship is one like I have never, ever witnessed before. They have decided to save their first kiss--yes, I said, FIRST kiss-- for their wedding day. Their love is built beyond material and physical beauty, but from a beauty so deep and a love so passionate for Christ that is is hard not to be utterly amazed by the two.
After spending two hours speaking wedding language, we prayed, said our goodbyes to Joel and headed to Moriah's show in Costa Mesa. While watching Moriah do her sound checks, rehearsal, and sold out show, I sat in awe gawking at how incredibly talented this young woman is. To watch her perform, worship, and literally change the lives of people in the audience never ceases to amaze and lift my spirits. Moriah's kindness, humility, and overwhelming love for the Lord make me so proud that she has found someone who embodies the same values and who will love her beyond all surface. Today was another little reminder on why I love what I do and why I am so fortunate to work with such extraordinary people. This isn't work, it's play!
Stay tuned to see how this Fourth of July weekend, surprise destination, wedding pieces together! Until then, check out some sneak peak wedding inspiration: