theirs is a story of long awaited love. a story of how two people found each other when they weren’t even trying that hard and everything fell into place as it should be. stacey had kind of given the whole finding “the one” thing a rest but decided to check out the online dating scene one more time. as she was scrolling through her singles matches keva’s profile photo caught her eye (and i am going to give myself a little pat on the back her since i took that photo) and she was curious since she hadn’t seen keva on her matches page before. everything about her sounded amazing, but it seemed too good to be true, so stacey closed the computer and forgot about it. but she couldn’t get rid of this little voice in the back of her mind. over the following weeks she checked and rechecked keva’s page. still single, still looking. stacey even started writing her a message but deleted it, and once again closed her computer and tried to put keva out of her mind. a little while after that some of stacey’s friends invited her to come visit a different church in dallas with them to hear a friend sing at that congregation. as the service was getting underway a voice started relaying the week’s announcements. stacey looked up and on stage was keva. THE keva from the dating site. she couldn’t believe it and wanted to shrink into her seat when keva asked for any new visitors to the congregation to raise their hands. keva noticed stacey didn’t raise her hand. and after the service as stacey and her friends were making their way through the receiving line for handshakes and greetings, there she was again. they shook hands and talked briefly about their matching necklaces and the service. it was perfect and electric, but there was no way stacey was going to tell keva that she had been checking up on her online profile all these weeks. and then stacey got in her car and drove away to go to lunch. that is where the story could have ended. but it didn’t. keva chased down her friends in the parking lot and asked if they knew if stacey was dating anyone. they said they didn’t think so but here was her number if she wanted to check. and the rest as they say, is history. these two were married on a beautiful saturday afternoon in february at an amazing venue in downtown dallas called deep elum brewery. evan and i spent the morning prepping the ceremony and reception sites with them, grabbing breakfast at one of their favorite local spots, and playing with monty, archie and spike in their apartment. we got the sad news about two hours before the ceremony that keva’s mom, whose health had been steadily declining over the past few years, had passed away. we hugged and cried and looked at pictures and talked about how she was going to be able to see the ceremony after all. their day couldn’t have been any more perfect really, surrounded by close friends and family, with keva’s mom and dad in places of honor on the front row. it was really moving for me to see my husband sitting next to his grandpa and grandma during the ceremony and think about how important our relationships are. i am so honored to be able to document stories of love and be invited into such intimate moments in people’s lives. it is even more special when it’s my family. keva and stacey thank you for trusting me to tell your story. even though this day was bittersweet, i hope you love your pictures as much as i do, and that the sweetness of this day stays with you always.