Liv + Eli
Hair + Makeup: Chynjah Hinton
Dress: David's Bridal
Officiant: Pastor Bryan
My testimony... Last year, I was watching this amazing Pastor's video called Mother of All G-ds, and it opened my eyes to a few things. So, after the movie I began to do what any other person would do... "google + research!" I was quite shocked to find out that, someone thought it was ok to change the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday and use false verses to say that Yeshua abolished the law.
WELL, I'll be!!!! I was extremely disheartened to find out that I too was like the Israelites and have wandered for 40 years and the promised land was right next door!!!! Now... what I'm not going to do is argue with anyone about the journey that the L-rd has taken me on. I am quite content in my journey and highly blessed that YHWH allowed me to walk this walk and He never left me.
As a photographer, I get to photograph soooo many weddings and as I'm shooting them, I would notice that the Hindus did rituals/traditions or praise to 'their' god and the Muslims to their gods and so on. But when I look back at 'Christian' weddings, I felt like there was a piece missing. Where were the traditions for 'us?' Why didn't "we" have special things we have to present to our Father? And I'm not talking about ungodly things. I would hear the vows, see the love, and experience their hearts but then - the other religions would keep their worship of their gods going throughout the rest of the wedding night, but not the Christians. In MY eyes...this is MY experience. I kept praying and asking YHWH, is this it???? Where are YOU at these weddings? I couldn't take it anymore...I needed answers and soon!!! Not the judging answers, but the 'where are you L-rd during the so-called Christian' ceremonies? Even the songs coming down the aisle were sung by secular artists. Anyways... let's continue.
R*E*W*I*N*D ----> December/January 2022-2023 (can't remember the exact month) I decided that I'm not attending ANY service. I needed the L-rd to truly show ME the truth and that's exactly what he did. For 8 weeks, I read, and read and watched and watched and cried, and repented until I had no more tear ducts lol. It was the most amazing and deliberating and freeing experience that I've ever encountered.
Eight weeks later, I drove my really bad car (thankful for it, but it's really in bad shape)... screeching and yelling at everyone on the highway when you turn the AC on or when you start it up...but hey...it could be worst, I would have NO car and then I wouldn't have been able to meet the most amazing Messianic family.
Fast forward. It will be a year in a few months and I am beyond blessed that I have been fellowshipping with such an amazing home Congregation. Not only that, we get to learn, cry, ask questions, and love one another like never before on the TRUE SABBATH.. FRIDAY SUNDOWN TO SATURDAY SUNDOWN. I can't believe that I missed this for so long.
OK, OK...ON TO LIV + ELI... My children were able to experience a camp last year called Camp Yeshua. I figured if we were going to do this, we need to LEARN everything, and the kids needed to be around young adults who believed the same way we did. I mean, I've been to revivals, camps, Christian seminars, Christian dances, Christian weddings, etc. So it would be befitting to attend any and everything Messianic to unlearn anything that wasn't pleasing to YHWH.
My son met a guy name Elijah and he told him that I was a photographer. We met, we clicked, and guess what??? His wedding was on MY BIRTHDAY!!! I was stoked!!! I normally celebrate Thanksgiving as my birthday, but this year I was able to shoot a wedding on my birthday. But not just any wedding, a Messianic Holy Matrimony.
Pastor Bryan (who is super funny) gave the bride away and I loved how he used the Tallit to cover her all the way down the aisle, and then Elijah came to retrieve his bride, and at NO POINT, did they leave her uncovered. MAN...what a sight to see!!!!
**secret** (well, technically the secret is out lol) they saved their kiss for the Altar!!! NOW, THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. Purity!!! I was stoked to have captured everything the way YHWH would want HIS bride, without spot or blemish. Thank you, Yeshua, for truly saving a person like me and for healing me and working on me daily!!!
I will rejoice greatly in the Lord,
My soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Gather the people, sanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and the nursing infants.
Let the bridegroom come out of his room
And the bride out of her bridal chamber.
Anyways, I'm done with my testimony. Now what's left is everything I knew was missing that I was able to take part in, learn and become more aware of what YHWH truly requires of His bridegroom. Elijah + Olivia are PERFECT FOR ONE ANOTHER. Elijah covered her even before they were married. He protected her, loved her and you can see such a twinkle in his eyes every single time she looks at her. Who doesn't want a man of G-d like this???? The same way he looks at Liv, YHWH looks at us. His creation, His bridegroom his love!!!
I am my beloved and my beloved is mine.... And now....without further ado.