It started with a humble prayer when Ruth was 14 years old. She asked her Sunday School teacher to pray with her – that she would find a godly husband when the time was right. As she waited patiently through the years, she wrote letters to her future husband. Little did she know there was a boy who’s parents in Barbados were praying for a godly wife for their son. 14 years later on March 5th, 2015, that same Sunday School teacher was led to introduce her to Jamaal. That day, God spoke to Jamaal’s heart that Ruth would be his wife. Fast forward two years and here we are – the day they are married!
A quiet Tuesday morning on the river with a light drizzle of rain, but not just any day…. The day that 14 year-old Ruth’s prayer was fulfilled for good! There were deer grazing the forests and sounds of crickets as I pulled up to the park. Even though it was lightly raining, I rolled my windows down as I drove in because there was something beautiful about the mist, fog, air. I spent some moments just walking and enjoying the scenery to capture. Later I came to find the beautiful Ruth getting all ready for the ceremony!
In the hallway, Jamaal waited with his friends before the ceremony. He never stopped smiling as he was waiting! I caught a moment with Jamaal to speak to the camera about how he was feeling, and he spoke from his heart as if he were talking to Ruth. Ruth did the same when she was done getting ready, it was such a beautiful moment!
But the moments that inspired me most were the speeches given by both sets of parents. Each described how God led them to pray for their son/daughter’s future husband/wife. They also spoke of the work of God in each Ruth and Jamaals life growing up. What great testimonies!
It was such an honor being able to capture the story of Ruth and Jamaal. I can only imagine the places they will go and things they will witness in their journey as husband and wife. Congrats to Ruth and Jamaal!
The Woodlands at Algonkian
Photographer: Brittany Drosos
Videographer: Rachael Curry Films
Cake: Tysons Cake
Caterer: Great Blue Heron
Band: The Original Moonlighters
Dress: Befitted Tailoring
Linens: CC Linens