This shoot almost didn't happen. The weather forecast called for a downpour with only a 20% possibility of a 30-minute break in the rain. There was no other day that would work. No other time. This was it. I was afraid it wasn't going to work, but I wanted it to so badly, more than anything I've wanted in a long, long time. I've only known April for eight of the last years she's been single, but I knew she deserved a perfect day for pictures. So, I got down on my knees and I prayed my little heart out. I told God that April worked and waited longer for Steve than Jacob worked and waited for Rachel; and that today, April deserved a miracle. After my prayer, and after checking the forecast for the hundredth time(which hadn't changed), I set to work texting April's friends and family, enlisting them in the cause of send their prayers to heaven, then headed off to Target to search for some cute umbrellas--just in case.

I bought the umbrellas, but we never had to use them. The storm that hit the rest of the valley went completely around us, leaving us the most beautiful moody skies.

I know this blog isn't about faith, but I couldn't do what I do behind the camera, or in life, without Him. One of the greatest lessons I've learned is that God always answers my prayers, especially when they are on behalf of others. That's the miracle.

April & Steve, I know there have been years of loneliness and heartache, and difficult trials for you both. I know that your storms aren't over just because you found each other. But I also know that if together you lean on Him, you'll always find your way. I can't wait for the two of you to seal your love and your families, and start your life together!

Love you both, Ang