A Wedding in the Rain

by | Jul 9, 2015 | Perspective | 7 comments

I love the Bible! I love what it says. I follow what it teaches.

I love marriage too! And I’m so glad that the Bible has a lot to say about it! I love what God has set in place from the very beginning (Matthew 19:4). I love all the symbolism so cleverly, yet clearly, weaved through every part of Scripture between the union of one man with one woman and the union of Christ with the church (Isaiah 62:5). I love the way God has it set up, and I will follow Scripture as a photographer with my support of Biblical marriage.

And as a photographer who shoots weddings with many convictions! Not only does God love marriage, but he also loves discretion and chastity (Titus 2:5). What I take pictures of or portray with my photographs is what I love, accept and promote. I want to promote righteousness. I want to promote holiness! I want to produce imagery that I can show my children’s children as an example of what is pure (I Timothy 4:12) and proof of the convictions I have been called to hold.

Not every wedding I have been invited to shoot have I shot. What our culture has accepted, even before it stooped to the extent that it did on June 26, is not the standard of the Bible. It pains me to see the very same immodest culture seeping into, no, completely permeating, the Christian culture of our day. And what will stop the now immoral culture?

So, with these storm clouds weighing heavily on my mind, it was with great exuberance that I stepped into the responsibility of covering a wholesome, beautiful, Biblical wedding on June 27. How could I not shoot with zeal, knowing that the Bible was being honored, that wholesomeness was being promoted, and that Christ was being praised?!

Not even the rain could stop us!

9525_Hartly-Delaware-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 70 mm, 1-100 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 320

I was able to photograph the bride and bridesmaids under the breezeway at the front entrance.

9564_Hartly-Delaware-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 80 mm, 1-125 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 200

Thankfully, the rain stopped for the groomsmen portraits.

9934_Hartly-Delaware-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 105 mm, 1-160 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100

The bride and groom had never held hands through courtship and engagement, making the wedding day all the more special for this couple!

0113_Hartly-Delaware-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 200 mm, 1-60 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 400

0358_Hartly-Delaware-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 35 mm, 1-80 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100

It was total sadness . . . I never remembered to actually eat one of these delectable cupcakes!

0435_Hartly-Delaware-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 65 mm, 1-60 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 400

Rain wasn’t the only problem during the bridal party shots . . . the wind was so strong coming off the lake!

0735_Dover-Delaware-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 45 mm, 1-50 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 250

0795_Dover-Delaware-_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 80 mm, 1-80 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 320

0952_Dover-Delaware-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 35 mm, 1-60 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 800

0816_Dover-Delaware-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 82 mm, 1-100 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 500

1041_Dover-Delaware-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 65 mm, 1-40 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 1600

1018_Dover-Delaware-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 85 mm, 1-60 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 800

1091_Dover-Delaware-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 105 mm, 1-60 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 400

1110_Hartly-Delaware-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 50 mm, 1-60 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 400

Praise the Lord for men like Chief Justice Robert’s who made some very bold statements statements concerning the SCOTUS decision. His 29 page, albeit readable and helpful, dissent on the Supreme Court can be found here. A mature summary for how one church I attended recently has responded, can be found here. How incredulous it is “that five lawyers would set aside the will of a people, the tradition of a nation and millennia of history to make such a ruling by judicial fiat.” Let us continue to follow the teachings of Scripture. Let us continue to love the Bible. Let us continue to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength!

Get each article as soon as it goes live!

Recommended Ebook


  1. Mrs. Stahl


    Awesome! I’m excited to see a few of the pictures. We were blessed to have you in our home and to take pictures at the wedding.

    Mrs. Stahl

  2. Esther Staddon

    Amen! What a TRULY beautiful wedding!

  3. Robert

    Wonderful shots, James!

  4. Sarah Brown

    Thanks for this encouraging post James! It looks like you were able to capture wonderful shots from a truly biblical wedding! Praise the Lord!

  5. Tyler Schade


  6. Mary N

    Love the post, love the pictures… beautiful and refreshing 🙂

  7. James Staddon

    The more weddings I shoot, the more I find myself enjoying it! I even liked the extra challenge of the unfavorable weather!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Send the next blog post straight to your email inbox!

Thank you for subscribing!