Shame on....Jesus?

Ever felt ashamed of yourself for something you’ve done? Ever been shamed by someone else or even worse, by a church for something you’ve done? If that’s you, or someone you might know, please watch this.

If you’ve been told your whole life, “God is good, you are bad, try harder!” then you’ve been told a lie. True Christianity has nothing to do with being GOOD. It has EVERYTHING to do with being SAVED.

Shame on you? Jesus says…cast your shame on ME, and I’ll nail it to a cross. Forever.

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Bridal Party Gifts Personalized with Scripture Verses

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Searching for a special way to thank your bridal party for the role they are playing in your special day? Your groomsmen and bridesmaids are the people that have had the biggest impact on your life. These friends stood by your side encouraging you, loving you, and praying for you to find the husband or wife God set apart for you. One way to show your gratitude and appreciation for your bridal party is giving customized gifts featuring your favorite bible verses.

Is there a verse that has been a major part of your friendships and encouragement through the hard seasons of life? Or perhaps, there is a passage that captures part of your love story. 904Custom.com makes personalized gifts, which allow you to choose a verse and include the name of the recipient. Here are some unique gifts with text customization options as well as verse ideas to pair with them:

  1. Gifts for Any Member of Bridal Party - Beverage tumblers are gifts that can travel to work, to school, on errands and wherever life takes you. Add a sweet message to let members of your bridal party know you are thinking of them.

    • I hold you in my heart, for we have shared together God’s blessings. Philippians 1:7

  2. Gifts for the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom - Engraved wooden cutting boards and garden flags are great decorative gifts that parents can display in their homes. Here are two verses that serve as helpful reminders to foster love in the home.

    • And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14

    • But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

  3. For Your Maid of Honor - Thank your lifelong friend for all the wisdom and joy she has brought to you with a Bible cover made just for her. This Proverbs verse highlights the strength and wisdom a true friend can bring to life.

    • She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Proverbs 31: 25-26

  4. For Your Best Man – Your best man can use a leatherette portfolio for keeping important papers together. Whether it’s for work, paying bills, or taking notes in church, a folio is a keepsake that is sure to get plenty of use.

    • A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

  5. For the Bride and Groom - As you customize gifts for your friends, you may want to get something special for each other. A poster with the Love Chapter is a wonderful item to hang in your home and help establish habits for the family you are creating.

    • Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

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A beautifully displayed passage of Scripture is a keepsake that your friends will see as they carry on the tasks of their everyday lives – even after all the wedding festivities have ended. These mementos can serve as reminders of the love and blessings you get to continue sharing for the rest of your lives.

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Alexei & Noelle Wedding (VIDEO) | Epping Forest Yacht Club

Alexei and Noelle had an amazing wedding last month at Epping Forest Yacht Club surrounded by family and friends. These two had some of the best wedding vows I’ve ever heard. I wish I could have included the entire length of them but unfortunately ran out of space for this song. But I love it when vows get pretty emotional because it always makes for an impactful edit. This is one of those videos.

Join me in congratulating Alexei and Noelle on their special day!

Dawson Dance Portraits

So it’s been a while since I’d say I had an opportunity to do a photo session I would consider “fun” for me. Not to say I don’t enjoy what I do when I’m shooting weddings, but what got me started in photography in the first place was actually just taking pictures of landscapes. Me with a beautiful sunset, a tripod and my camera. Ahhhh, so relaxing and peaceful. The images I got were just whatever I wanted them to be and if I messed something up, it didn’t matter because I wasn’t delivering them under the stakes of a high paying client—particularly something like a wedding which cannot be reenacted.

Ok I digress. The point is, sometimes in the photography world if you do the same thing long enough the reality is your artwork can start to go from a feeling of passion, to a feeling of labor. Yes it is still VERY rewarding to get a very dynamic wedding photo and when the bride and groom see it their eyes light up in excitement, but since that had started to become a fairly common photography experience for me the last several years, it had a lost a bit of it’s impact. (Sorry for my self-therapy session. If you’re still reading this I am impressed.) So when this opportunity to shoot something new and different came along, it actually sparked a bit of that original passion in me that I hadn’t felt in a while.

Admittedly, I know very little about dance. I am a pretty good musician so you’d think the rhythm aspect of that would carry over but for some reason when I am on a dance floor, it more closely resembles something like someone who just stepped on one of their kids legos in the middle of the night on the way to the bathroom. But I still have to say that I am impressed with people who can dance well and perhaps have always been just a bit jealous of them. So I may not be able to dance, but the next best thing would be to capture some unique and interesting photos of it. Insert Dawson.

I can’t say enough how impressed I was with this kid. His dance ability is obviously incredible but when you look at the pictures below, keep in mind he has only been doing this for 3 years or so. And he is also very humble, genuine and an all around good guy. Something we can all learn from. Bravo Dawson! And thank you for an opportunity to re-ignite a bit of that spark in me for my photography.

Edward & Karen Wedding (VIDEO)

Edward and Karen had a beautiful wedding in the backyard of their new home together. They worked REALLY hard to decorate their property for the wedding and I have to say, I was incredibly impressed. It looked better than some of the actual venues in town whose entire purpose is to have weddings. So hats off to these couple for an outstanding job. On top of that, their ceremony turned out amazing under perfect clear weather. Join me in congratulating this amazing couple on their big day!

Desperate Prayer

This is a sermon from several years ago by Pastor Joby Martin from Eleven22 during a series called Miracles. I remember watching this in person and by the end crying like a baby. I recently dug this up for a friend of mine in Scotland who’s going through a particularly difficult situation right now and I re-watched it last night. Again, cried like a baby.

Are you currently in the middle of a desperate situation? This is for you.

Please watch all the way to the ending. It’s important.

-Adam

Chris & Laurie | The Lodge Ponte Vedra Wedding Photographer

If I remember right, I was stopping at Target on my way home from work one day to find my wife a birthday present and while I was enduring the challenge every husband faces of “which candle scent have I NOT bought her yet” my phone rang. Chris initially found me through a Google search but we went on to find out we are both Eleven22’ers AND he has done the same Panama mission trip that I’ve done. (By the way, after viewing this post, if you haven’t already then go look at the PANAMA post too. You won’t regret it.) So we immediately hit it off! I got a chance later on to sit with him and Laurie together as they decided to hire me for their wedding.

Chris and Laurie had an amazing beach wedding surrounded by close family and friends at Ponte Vedra’s Lodge. They are a wonderful, compassionate, genuine and beautiful couple who I can honestly say I am glad I had the privilege of meeting. Take a look at their big day and join me in congratulating these two on many years of marriage to come!

Infinitely Valuable - Night to Shine Fan Film

This past Friday night I got to experience the Night To Shine event put on by the Tim Tebow Foundation and…..

Wow.

All I can say is, I don’t know what you were doing that night, it may have been something fun, but it could not have been better than this. I will never be the same. Multiple times while filming this I was holding back tears.

Forget harps and fluffy clouds. If you want to know what Heaven will probably be like, it’s this event. Do yourself a big favor next year and do whatever you can to be there. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Ty & Mary | Bowing Oaks Plantation Wedding Photographer

Ty & Mary. Two very awesome people. That’s how I’m choosing to open this post.

I can’t say enough how impressed I am with this couple. When we first met for their EPIC engagement session, we all hit it off right away. Like me, Ty and Mary are fellow Jesus people and it is always an added blessing for me to get to work with other Christians. During their engagement shoot I asked for the story behind their proposal and found out they were doing a couple’s bible study together on Romans 12 and afterward, Ty got down on one knee and popped the question. Boom! That’s how it’s done folks. They also incorporated their faith into their wedding in many other ways too. My personal favorite was the creative spin they put on the traditional guest book by instead having their guests sign their bible and highlight a bible verse in it. SOOO awesome. (By the way if you’re looking for a good one to study for yourself, I recommend Romans 8:1. Here is a video about it that might just change your life.)

Ty and Mary had a stunning winter wedding at the beautiful Bowing Oaks Plantation in Jacksonville, FL. The temps were a little low but luckily the clouds cleared out and the sunshine helped warm us back up just a bit. Join me in saying a very big congratulations to these two and wishing them a very long and wonderful marriage!

And thank you to the very talented Janet Chrys Photography for coming along and shooting alongside me. Go check her out!

Kirk Family Homecoming

So on Thanksgiving day I got an email from Jenna about this awesome opportunity to capture a unique family moment on video. Her husband Jesse is in the military and went on a 7 month deployment. During his deployment Jenna gave birth to their first-born child, a beautiful baby girl named Jianna. Now, I am a dad to two little girls myself and so I can’t even imagine what it must be like for military families who end up going through these kind of situations. Getting connected with Jenna gave me a whole new appreciation for the sacrifices they have to make.

So real quick before you watch the video, I need to give a BIG shout out to Alex Slupski who stepped in and at the last minute filled in for me and filmed the actual event. (What you’ll see I merely did the edit for.) I was originally supposed to film but after Jesse’s return was delayed by a day due to weather, my schedule no longer allowed me to make it out. Alex stepped up and on very short notice got the job done. He is seriously, THE MAN. He is crazy talented and you should check him out by going to https://search-productions.com. Hiring him for a video project is money well spent!

Ok that’s all for now. Join me in saying a very big CONGRATULATIONS to the Kirk family on their homecoming! Now grab some tissues and take a look!