Every single one of our J&M Sweethearts are special to us. Seriously, we have been beyond blessed with some amazing couples who end up feeling more like friends. But these Sweethearts right here hold an extra special place in our hearts because the bride is Jason’s baby sister.
All of Jason’s siblings lived not only in the same state, but the same area of Texas...until 2 years ago. That’s when Julie followed her adventurous heart and bestie, Morgan, to Asheville, North Carolina. While we were sad to see her go, because a 16+ hour car ride one-way to visit is no joke, we were excited for the adventure she was beginning. And what an adventure!
Julie began attending a great church and got plugged into a small group she really loved. And there was this boy in the small group named Anthony. They began dating and we heard rumors things were getting serious, but we knew for sure when Julie brought Anthony home to Texas for Christmas. Because like I said before, a 16+ hour drive one-way is no joke, and spending Christmas with your girlfriend’s family is a big deal. Bless Anthony’s heart, he met and was asked a million questions by our entire family. But not only did he survive, he fit right in, like he was meant to be there all along. And as soon as they were back home in Asheville, Anthony made it official by proposing to Julie with one of the most romantic rings I’ve seen.
As Julie and Anthony began planning their wedding, Julie called us one day and asked us if we would be her wedding photographers. We could not have been more honored. We recognize the significance of our role in telling the love story of each of our couples, but to be the permanent record-keeper of the intimate moments of your baby sister’s wedding? The honor is unreal. Their wedding was a family affair, with Jason’s other sister, Jenna, making all the bouquets, boutonnieres, floral arrangements, and even the chocolate cake for the bride and groom. Jenna’s husband, Brian, provided Julie and Anthony’s favorite beers from his brewery, BS Brewing. Anthony’s sister, Ashley, played and sang during the ceremony. And every single niece and nephew under the age of 10 was invited to be flower girls and ring bearers...and they all made it down the aisle!
We could go on and on about this wedding. The way Anthony’s good friend who served as DJ was able to mix in DC Talk, old-school Whitney Houston, and club mixes to keep everyone on the dance floor. How friends from Asheville and Texas alike celebrated the couple and couldn’t wait to take selfies with them. How the venue, Homewood, provided such a beautiful garden area for the ceremony and a gorgeous reception hall with wood flooring, a large stone fireplace, and large windows. (It was like getting married in a castle!) How Anthony & Julie’s wedding was romantic, beautiful, perfectly them, and just so fun!
But maybe we’ll just let the images tell the story.
Anthony & Julie,
What can we say? We love you both and are praying for such happiness and joy in your marriage. May your love grow deeper with each passing day, and may grace grow deeper still as you learn to be spouses to one another. We can't wait to see the adventures in store for you both.
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