A Wedding Very Close To My Heart



A little over a year ago, one of my best friends fell in love. At a time when neither expected, they were both swept off their feet and brought a little closer to the clouds. And as

love does, it worked its way deeper into that part of the soul that ties and knits itself to another in such a mysteriously beautiful way. This past weekend, on the warm shores of the

Big Island, they gathered with family and friends to share their vows, and my friend and her fiance declared their commitment to each other, and their commitment to a life full of love. The

bride surprised herĀ  guests with a grand entrance (I’ll let the pictures reveal the fun). One of my favorite moments of the weekend however, was when the groom was asked what he

would like to have to eat, and his quick reply was that he was going to

“live on love”.

So, here’s to unexpected love lasting a lifetime. To family. To colorful couples. To my beautiful mother and her husband John. I am so happy for the joy you have found.

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  1. mimi brown October 28, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Awwww so wonderful!!! Well done Psalmy, you captured it brilliantly! Love that your mum paddle boarded over to everyone!

  2. Carol Kauffman October 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Incredibly fantastic collection ~ capturing such beauty and joy. Thank you Psalm ~ you are such a treasure with incredible talent. Thanks to you and the Giver for your many Gifts. My love always, Carol

  3. Kate October 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    LOVE!! oxo

  4. Carol Hughey October 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Wonderful! Marvelous! Breath-taking! I am so very very happy for all of you. The Lord is the giver of LIFE and you radiate that to the fullest! Thank you for sharing your life and His.

  5. Gai Nicholson October 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    Simply beautiful! Psalm. You captured this very amazing day perfectly. Love, Gail xo

  6. Dee Robbins October 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    Congratulations Alexis and John!

    Our family is SOooooo happy for both of you. What a beautiful and fun and unique way to start your life together. May God’s favor and blessing be with you always. Love, Dee

  7. Kathy October 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Oh Psalm!!! What a lump in my throat after seeing these. I was wondering who was going to do the photos. What an act of love, and what tenderness in every single image. Such a beautiful love story….

  8. Grace and Ngao October 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    Wow psalm,what a surprise to your dear mum,l so much like it daughter and mother best friends that means a lot.your mum is a wonderful woman of God we love her so much,and we are happy for her and this big surprise you did for them we are able to be part of the wedding through these pics,thanks again.

  9. Lynn Vander Woude November 2, 2011 at 2:43 am #

    LOVE looks wonderful on all of you!! THANKS for the glimpse into it!

  10. The Duttons from Bronxville November 3, 2011 at 1:48 am #

    Dear Psalm, Thank-you so much for your BEAUTIFUL photos! They mean a lot to us as we wish we could have been there in person. What an amazing wedding it was, blending two immense souls. We are looking forward to meeting you in person, hopefully soon. Love, Liz and crew XO

  11. Diana Waring November 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    Oh, Psalm, thank you. Thank you for sharing the amazing and unexpected joy with us. . .Our hearts continue to be with you. We love you all dearly.

  12. karen bednorz November 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    John & Alexis, thank God you found each other. I am so very happy for the two of you. Your daughter took amazing photos. I am certain John is proud that you did their day justice.

    Bless you both, bless you all. From my heart, karen

  13. Marie Goode November 7, 2011 at 3:49 am #

    Psalm, this is a wonderful tribute to your precious Mom!! What a wonderful day this must have been. Sorry we could not share it with you but SO appreciate the great photos. Knowing that everyone is so happy about this union makes our hearts rejoice as well!! Love to you…Steve and Marie Goode

  14. Tahiti November 10, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    Psalm! You did an amazing job!

    Such a treat to see the photog, photographed! I am one of John’s “students” or as I say John is one of my mentors. It was SUCH a treat to see these!!!!

  15. Colleen Rairdon November 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    Wow, What a beautiful glimpse of the Joy and Magnificence of the day! Psalm, you have a gift!
    I am so happy for Alexis and John!! God is good! Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos!
    Much love from Rick & Colleen

  16. Bonnie December 19, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    Yahoo!! Like many others I could not be present for the wedding, but your photos helped me feel a part of the wonderful celebration. God’s best blessings and deepest joy on you all!!

  17. janet starkey December 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Dearest Alexis and John,
    With tears rolling down my cheeks I am able to take part in your beautiful wedding and surprising blessing of finding such a love in this season of your lives! I can’t wait to meet you John. You have a wild and wonderful bride, I’d expect nothing less then her paddle board entrance! Love Janet

  18. Debbie Gustaveson January 4, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    So beautiful! Such a wonderful story. Be blessed! Love you Alexis. We must keep in touch!

  19. Nan Newton January 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    I celebrate for you, John. These photos make me happy. And Alexis is gorgeous and you too.

    Hope to be together with you both some day… Love, Nan