I know Mr. Mark Blackwell quite well. When you kayak the majority of North Carolina's rivers with a guy, you tend to get to know his mind and heart a lot better. And I can clearly say that in my time spent getting to know Mark, it was clear what a huge capacity for love and justice this man has.
That's probably why I wasn't too terribly surprised when Mark decided to start his very own nonprofit after college, Justice Ministries . Mark has devoted his life's work to rescuing those that cannot rescue themselves from horrible oppressive situations (no, not in some crazy far off place... in our own backyard!) I knew it would take a very special lady in Mark's life to come on board with such a bold, adventurous and frankly, dangerous endeavor.
Enter from stage right, Melissa: This gal instantly answered the question of what kind of woman Mark would need, because it is definitely her! It's so easy to see the care and respect that these two have for one another, and frankly gets me pretty excited to watch their adventure unfold!
Mark and Melissa, it was such an honor to get the capture the day that brought you two together forever. It's a responsibility that I never take lightly, but always relish. Your wedding day was a blast, and as I mentioned before, I cannot wait to see the direction that God takes you guys in for both your ministry to the world and also to one another.
You heard it first here folks: Big things are ahead for the Blackwells!
Now, without further ado, enjoy some photos from a wonderful wedding!!