adventure is in colorado : my sister becca married Michael!

Ashley and I got married almost 12 years ago. We have birthed 2 children, adopted 1, have owned houses, lived all over the west, and have worked in many different jobs – now being self employed. In other words, we have had some time to prepare for the first of the siblings to get married. And here it is. So how does one begin to write about the wedding of a sister? I have 27 years of history with Becca, and it’s hard to encapsulate all of that into a blog post. But it’s necessary to try as weddings are, by nature, the closing of one chapter of life, and the beginning of a new one. Becca woke up on this wedding day as a Parsons, and before it was over became a Murphy. I thought about that fact, and it quickly took me through 10000 memories of childhood – vacations, normal days at home, growing up together – over 2 decades of memories as “the parsons” family, of which Becca is a big piece. I was sad about the close of this chapter for a spell. After all, I do still vividly remember her as a 4 year old, or as a 14 year old at our wedding, or as a high school kid, and even as a college student. And it’s not just that I remember who she was, but genuinely celebrate the woman that she’s become. And she’s part of the same family that I came from. So, all of the quirks, brokenness, and victories that our family has produced, are part of her story too. She’s my sister, and it is so surreal to have watched her grow up. But despite the closing of this chapter, it dawned on me: this is good. So, so good. Because she wasn’t a four year old anymore, she was this:

And this man, my new brother, is definitely the best guy we’ve ever met for Becca. He had been her good friend for years, and now had won her heart, and instantly won us over in our first meeting. Michael is now my brother, the “cool uncle who plays soccer” to my sons, and we couldn’t be happier about it. He is a lover of Jesus, hilarious, a great listener, compassionate, and when he sits around the table at family dinners, it is seamless. It’s as if our family was made to have him as part of it. I am so thankful to have been one of the first people to welcome becca into the world (she was born on halloween, I was 5 years old and I was dressed as an ewok), the person to have named her (yes, my parents listened to my suggestion and chose the name I had thought of for her), and I have watched her grow from a chubby baby into a woman of considerable compassion, humor, and humility. Add to that the brilliant beauty of Colorado, having our kids as a part of the wedding, sharing it with my parents and sisters, being surrounded by family friends (many of them were at our wedding as well), and a reminder of God’s rich love for His children – we drove away with full hearts, and a new member of our family.

Becca and Michael, we love you both and are excited to walk through this life beside you.

Marek - 09/06/2015 - 3:06 pm

Beautiful people in beautiful places. Amazing.

Lindsey - 10/21/2014 - 11:42 am

Hello! Where was this wedding? I love all of the pictures :) they are beautiful!!

christine lim - 06/17/2014 - 12:45 pm

these are stunning. how special to capture your sister’s wedding!!!

emily chidester - 07/06/2013 - 2:51 pm

holy crap, guys. this is absolutely beautiful.

Erik - 05/17/2013 - 7:17 am

Oh WOW so beutiful! Thank you.

Kylee - 04/17/2013 - 11:22 pm

i wish this was my wedding. every inch of it. beautifully done, parsons!

Abby Grace - 04/08/2013 - 2:28 pm

Becca, you are a ridiculously beautiful bride. Your wedding images gave me goosebumps!!

Missy - 04/05/2013 - 5:13 pm

Such meaningful images. I am so glad i found your blog a few months back. I love it when I find something inspiring. Your work is just that. xoxo

Binky Nixon - 04/04/2013 - 5:03 am

WOW!!! Just discovered your work and LOVE it. This is gorgeous! x

becca - 02/28/2013 - 4:11 pm

annika – they belong to my sister annie! don’t tell anyone, but i own basically zero earrings so i needed some help.

i can’t put into words what these pictures mean to me. hopefully by now how much we think you rule and how blown away we are by your talent. from ewok to top 10 photographer – best brother and sister in law ever. game over!

Heidi and Kevin - 02/28/2013 - 2:24 pm

We are SO happy for your family!! I was always against wanting to photograph my own silbling’s weddings (when the time comes) – But.. I think you guys have changed my perspective on that. :)

Kristyn - 02/28/2013 - 12:27 pm

love the way you tell a story — these are stunning.

Annika - 02/28/2013 - 11:46 am

Beautiful words. Touching images. So much heartfelt emotion. Congratulations to all of you on a beautiful wedding and blessed marriage!

(as a random aside, are becca’s earrings homemade or store bought? i puffy heart LOVE them and would love to know where she got them! :) )

keri bryant - 02/28/2013 - 9:38 am

you had me in tears (always, damnit! :):) ) at the blog post about Becca and family. Thank you. Insaaaaane photos of course!

Annie - 02/28/2013 - 6:08 am

Oh gosh! This is so special!

emily jo - 02/28/2013 - 12:26 am

WOW, loveloveloveloveLOVE! What a fun, beautiful wedding! These pictures are perfect and amazing!!

Sharon I - 02/27/2013 - 9:20 pm

Such a joy, such a gift, gorgeous wedding, gorgeous recording of it. Love to you J&A (and boys!)

sharon - 02/27/2013 - 6:06 pm

what a treasure these words and images will be for your sister!

hootenannie - 02/27/2013 - 4:57 pm

Ridiculous, as always. So amazing!

Hannah Nicole - 02/27/2013 - 3:42 pm

some of your most beautiful photos yet. really wonderful. so much story to these photos. so happy for you guys!

rah rah - 02/27/2013 - 3:42 pm

i love!!! oh i love!!!

Karlie - 02/27/2013 - 3:12 pm

This is THE BEST wedding I have ever seen. Becca is unbelievably gorgeous!!!!!! The way you captured family is so so beautiful, even down to sweet Gabe (that picture of him laying by her dress is AMAZING). Way to go, Parsons!

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