Red Hawk Golf Course Wedding | Justin & Alyssa

Talk about joyful.

I get emotional on wedding days after knowing couples for a year, so to photograph Justin and Alyssa’s wedding day who I’ve known as a couple for years was just incredible.

And incredibly emotional!

Talk about all the feels, y’all! 

But it wasn’t just me.

Alyssa and Justin led the way with their tears of joy multiple times during their wedding day, and these sweet moments were coupled with many moments of a beaming ear-to-ear smiles. Like, when I picture my beautiful friend Alyssa on her wedding day, I picture her holding Justin’s hand with a wide open smile, just as joyful and confident as I’ve ever seen her.  Ever.

And just like the best man Logan mentioned in his toast, he doesn’t worry about Justin and Alyssa’s marriage, because they both center their relationship and lives on Christ who leads them. I’m sure everyone watching Alyssa and Justin say their handwritten vows, sharing in communion during their ceremony and dancing under the starry night New Mexico sky could clearly see the confidence, love and joy that exuberated from both of their beings and smiles.

I’ve known Alyssa since we were in kindergarten, grew up jogging with her throughout high school and lived next door to her in college. I remember when she first met Justin, when she knew he was the one, and when she decided to make a big move to Texas to be closer to her love. Watching the two of them pursue one another wholeheartedly, learn to be engaged together and thoroughly enjoy their wedding day together just warms my little heart.

My friend couldn’t be happier next to Justin. And Justin seriously has such a gem in sweet Alyssa. She’s the total package—she’s as sweet as she is beautiful; as smart as she is gentle and as intentional as she is adventurous. Seeing Justin’s reaction to Alyssa walking down the aisle and her calm, confident gait to her fiancé as her dad escorted: priceless.

It was as if nobody was there in front of that desert New Mexico sunset but the two of them.

They danced under the starry night sky with twinkle lights and music playing--the full moon rising above the Organ Mountains behind them.  I mean—who can say they have wedding portraits with a full moon rising over the Organs?! How epic, y’all! I’m so giddy inside that THEY got to have this special feat!

Oh, how I love them so and feel so honored to have been a bridesmaid while photographing their wedding day! I have my parents, Jordan and Brittany to thank for watching Luke, second/third shooting, helping me in all the little ways and making this dual role possible!

Mr. and Mrs. Black, we can’t wait to do life with you!!!