“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.” ~ Ephesians 4.2-4

Faith, family & friends surrounded Bek & Josiah on their beautiful Hope wedding day. The setting of Mountain Road Retreat suited them. And their carefully planned ceremony and celebration was sweet in its connection and inclusion of every single guest.

You may remember these two beautiful souls from their engagement session, where you heard how Josiah proposed. Well, I have yet to share their personal story of how they met which goes further back into family history than one might expect.

Bek’s mom grew up in Canada, and Bek’s father in Australia. The two were introduced at YWAM Montana, a multi-cultural faith camp for youth interested in missionary work. Both returned home. And were then re-united in Canada. There relationship grew, they married and moved to Bek’s father’s homeland. Bek was later born in Australia.

A few years on, Bek went off to the same YWAM camp and met Josiah, a Canadian. YWAM took them on a two-month trip to Taiwan where they learned more about one another. And then, like her father, Bek returned to Australia once the mission was complete, and Josiah, like Bek’s mom, returned to Canada.

Bek eventually arrived in Canada to go to school. And soon after, Josiah proposed. I know that I’ve said this before, but romance is alive and well with these two.

Their day was packed with highlights that would take me a novel to share. But the thing that I loved most about the day was Bek & Josiah’s ability to rally their family & friends and create adventure and a sense of belonging in every single moment of the day.

Instead of a receiving line, they did something I have never seen before. Something powerful. They served their guests dinner. Yes. Each and every plate was hand-delivered by the Bride & Groom. It gave them an opportunity to thank guests for contributing to their day. If that’s not gratitude, I’m not really sure what qualifies. 

Faith, family & friends will continue to surround these two. I know this because Josiah’s mom reached out to me by phone. Her words about my work and the wonderful influence that I had on the day moved me to tears. That kind of acknowledgement makes me forget the difficult moments where I’m busting a move to capture as many candid images as I can during the ceremony or gather everyone for family portraits before the sun sets.

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