I met Joel and Laci at the Francis Marion Campus to take their Engagement pictures. The venue was perfect since the couple met at the Baptist Collegiate Ministries at FMU. Joel was on the Leadership team, a friend of Laci's introduced them. They started out as casual friends. By the end of September their relationship changed into a close friendship where they talked and hung out everyday! Their first "unofficial " date was on Laci's Birthday. They went to get milkshakes! They have been together ever since. Joel and Laci love watching TV, playing board games ,swimming and listening to music. They love helping Joel's parents with their dog breeding business. They love serving in youth ministry and going to church together. Joel and Laci were a little nervous at the beginning. Joel prayed for their engagement and their future together. The rest of the session was full of the sweetest smiles and hugs of two people who truly love each other.
The proposal was perfect for them! Laci helps Joel with the Middle School Ministry. Joel called a meeting for the youth and their families after Wednesday night group. At the end of the meeting the pastor's wife came in to address the group with her son Knox. Knox tells everyone at church he is Laci's boyfriend. Knox had on a shirt that said Laci, are you going to marry Joel? Joel went down on one knee and proposed and Laci said yes to forever with Joel!
Joel loves Laci's kind heart. He loves the way shes loves and cares for others. He loves that their relationship is centered in Christ. He is excited that as a couple they are open to His spirit and striving after Him. Laci loves Joel's love for God. She especially loves how his love for God shines through his love for others. She loves his desire to help others and draw them closer to Christ. Laci loves that they are becoming one and that people are starting to recognizing them as one. It has been their prayer from the beginning that they can be a light to others and to show others that today love is still real.
I had a great time photographing these two special people! These two are the sweetest couple and God is definitely the center of their relationship. I am honored and cannot wait to capture their Wedding day in December!