When I first came to visit CNU in 2008 as a senior in High School, I still vividly remember my cousin Maggie bringing me to lunch in one of the dining halls and introducing me to a million people. The very first person I met was a beautiful red-head by the name of Emily Wolven. She was so welcoming and engaging, genuinely reaching out to me and wanting me to be part of the group. I even remember Maggie going off to class while I chilled with Emily and her roommate Carly in the library, feeling totally comfortable and at ease with these two new friends of mine. I honestly think my interactions with these girls are some of the main reasons I decided to come to CNU!
Fast forward a few years… Emily’s living across the street from me at CNU in a cul-de-sac of houses, and this guy named Sean Barefoot lives in the same circle of houses with a bunch of guys. I get to know Sean that year (he was a great neighbor…. especially when he and his roommates hit tennis balls across the street onto my house, making me and my roommates feel like we were living in a bomb shelter), and it was easy to see what good friends he and Emily were. When Sean graduated in May 2011, people began to wonder if something was up between this crazy, caring, people-loving, life-of-the-party Emily and quiet but incredibly sweet and hilariously-comical Sean. Not many months later, word on the street had it these already-best-friends were dating…. then engaged…. and then quickly planning a wedding! You can imagine my joy and excitement when Emily approached me at work one day at CNU to ask if I would be her wedding photographer! I was floored and overjoyed and just so so SO honored!! This same amazing girl who welcomed me in to CNU when she didn’t even know me now wanted ME to capture her wedding day. I couldn’t have been more thrilled.
Sean & Emily’s wedding took place on August 19th, 2012 in Frederick, MD at the Morningside Inn. Despite rain changing up a few parts of the day, the two were wed with much celebration and praises. Their wedding was so focused on Jesus Christ and their deep love for Him as their Savior, and how they desire to reflect this Christ-like love in their love for each other. I know the Lord will bless their marriage as they seek after Him and daily lay down their lives to serve the Lord and serve each other. I love you two so so much, and I still can’t believe you let me photograph your wedding!! Thanks for letting me be part of your special day, Mr. & Mrs. Barefoot!! XXOO, Debbie
Emily’s gorgeous gown was a gift from many of her dear friends, who all chipped in to buy it for her. So beautiful!
Personalized Toms…. So clever!
Emily always loved to wear jerseys around CNU, and commonly became known as the “jersey girl.” As part of her gifts for her bridesmaids, she bought them all jerseys!
Sean and Emily chose to do a First Look, getting a special time of about 45 minutes for portraits before the ceremony. While the rain foiled some of our plans, we were able to get a few shots before it poured. I love this one of Emily and her best friend Lauren praying, while Sean stands out of sight waiting for his bride-to-be….
Showing off her Toms…
My 2nd shooter Halle captured this AWESOME shot…
Makin a run for it as the rain begins to fall!
Sean had this idea…. Love it!
About ready to go! Praying before the ceremony…
Here she comes!!
It stopped pouring right as the ceremony ended, so we were able to run outside and grab some more shots!! Thanks, God. 😉
Thanks again to Halle for this fun shot!
Back inside for the reception!
Emily did YoungLife in college and is going on to YoungLife staff now that she’s graduated. A bunch of her girls were at the wedding! Love em…
You guys are GREAT and I love you so much!! Thanks for letting me document your amazing day.