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Emily + Bryan

A few months ago I posted photos on Facebook of Bryan’s Mother and Father’s 25th wedding anniversary. It was not only a celebration of love, but a celebration of life. Mr. Tony, Bryan’s father, had surpassed doctors expectations and survived almost 3 years after surgery and treatment of a rare brain cancer called glioblastoma.

As Bryan and Emily dated they learned from example the great love that Bryan’s parents shared and how to trust God in difficult circumstances. Mr. Tony & Mrs. Sherry often reminded them that Christ was the “glue” that held together their marriage.. and to always keep him first in their relationship.

After Mr. Tony and Mrs. Sherry came home from their 25th anniversary wedding cruise, they found out on Bryan’s birthday, June 20, that the cancer was back and with a fury. The first time he was diagnosed with the cancer, doctors gave him year to live but they didn’t understand the power of prayer and the miraculous hand of God.

Though doctors have given another sentence on Mr. Tony’s life, the family is believing in God again for a miracle… and in the mean time planning the wedding of their only son, Bryan.

When people tell me they’ve never seen the miracles of God at work, I tell this story. Every step has been orchestrated by the Lord and the community has come together to lift the arms of family in need of prayer and support. I’m so thankful to all of the vendors who have offered their services for their August 31 wedding:

Viktoriya Evich Krudu Photography

DJ Matthew Bodden

Chelsea Lauren Hair & Makeup

Vasily & Katie Lantukh: Rental Equipment and shooting

Dawn Herd Cakes

Bryan is man who loves deeply and he couldn’t have chosen a better woman… Emily is a special friend of mine and I knew over a year ago that Bryan would be the man she would spend her life with. She’s the type of girl who would give anything to anyone and is always looking for something to do or someone to help…

When we went to take their pictures, Bryan’s mother gave me a challenge: “Do something you’ve NEVER done with another couple…” …and in doing that I wanted to keep with their style and personality… We actually didn’t drive more than 5 miles from Bryan’s house to take these, and completed them in only an hour.  (I was shocked too! )

I have to say my favorite pictures were taken in the canoe, where I was standing in  knee-deep water to get “the shot.” (totally worth it!– they were beautiful!) I loved watching Bryan and Emily interact with each other and see their love in their eyes. It’s couples like this that make me LOVE my job:)

Enjoy the preview and I hope that these pictures and story bring joy to your heart as this couple has to so many others.



Bryan + Emily are laying on his freshly graded land where their house will be built…. Sweet dreams of their future together.


Audrey Cooksey - July 18, 2012 - 7:01 pm

You have done a fantastic job capturing their love. Every time I look at these pictures i see 2 young people so in love. they are such a joy to look at. It makes me feel like I am in a fairy tale.You know the kind you have as a little girl. I was very impressed with what you did with Tony and Sherry but I must say you did it well with Bryan and Emily. I pray that God will continue to show his face on this family and I thank him for the talent he has given you and girl he has blessed you with talent. Use it for his GLORY!
Audrey Cooksey

Viktoriya - July 19, 2012 - 8:53 am

Absolutely beautiful! So thankful to be a part of this amazing day.

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