This without question was the most special wedding we had the honor of documenting this year, for so many reasons. Madison is my cousin, and I've seen her grow from a dark ringlet haired doll of a girl, into a graceful, Godly, artistic young woman. We were growing up on different sides of the US, but thankfully social media kept me in the loop. She's a talented dancer with a quirky sense of humor (which definitely runs in the family as you'll see in the photos below!) And when I met Josh, his calm, kind presence immediately made me love the guy. I'm so happy he's part of our family now!
Among all of the joy, was a tremendously hard time for the whole family. My Uncle Joe (Madison's dad) was steadfastly by the side of my sweet aunt Janette who was in the final stages of her battle with cancer. Madison wanted her to be there to witness the wedding day and spend one last Christmas together, so she moved her June wedding up to December. We all jumped to the occasion and came together for the most wondrous celebration! The whole family was full to the brim with love, and the blessings this day has bestowed on us all was beyond measure. Janette is no longer in pain now as she's gone on to Heaven, and our family greatly anticipates our reunion with her one day.
Madison + Josh share such a love and strength that is beyond their years. I admire them so much and their decision to walk hand in hand into whatever life has to offer. Congratulations, you two! So glad this union has enhanced the family in such a wonderful way.