Phil and Rachel’s wedding was held in the chapel at Prestonwood Baptist in Plano, where Phil is a youth pastor. The chapel is fairly large and there is a small balcony up top. When we film at Prestonwood, I usually shoot from upstairs, while Jon stays down below. I figure the chapel is so big no one will be upstairs. About 15 minutes before go-time, I took my spot up in the balcony and waited for everything to start. A few minutes later, several people trickled into the pews upstairs with me. Then a few more. Then more. And then even more . . . until every possible spot upstairs was full, with me in the middle of everyone, and some people even standing off to the side. This was such a testament to who Rachel and Phil are – they had that chapel packed! (I truly apologize to the person who had the unfortunate luck of sitting right behind me and had to stare at my backside every time I leaned over to check my focus.)
The procession began, and all the bridesmaids made their way down the aisle and to their spots up front. But just before Rachel’s grand moment, the music stopped and Phil took the microphone. Clutching his Bible, he started talking about how special this day was to him and Rachel, how excited he was for the moment that was about to happen, and how both him and Rachel hoped that their ceremony would serve as more than just entertainment to those in the pews. I have never seen anything like this done at a wedding but it was truly such a beautiful moment, and – for me – my favorite part of their entire day. It instantly adjusted everyone’s frame of mind. Phil and Rachel didn’t want everyone there to watch their wedding. They wanted their guests to be moved in their own lives by the words of the ceremony and what was taking place.
Jon and I could not be more honored to have had the privilege to film Phil and Rachel’s wedding. We know they are going to be an amazing example for all the youth and young adults they work with both in – and outside of – church.