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The first thing I noticed about Marina was her laugh.

The words effortless, beautiful and joyful don’t even come close. Her smile is dazzling, captivating.

After a close friendship with her for a few years, I came to know that her smile testifies to an unshakeable joy that goes beyond
circumstance. When she met Jacob he saw her for more than just her beauty; he saw her hope and joy in Jesus despite loss and
hardship.

I think one of the greatest signs of a life-long relationship is when you are truly seen. To be fully known, yet deeply loved. It
would be devastating to be in a close relationship yet feel invisible. Or feel as though your failures and shortcomings would drive
the other away if they truly knew you. But in Jacob and Marina, I see an honesty and a vulnerability that can only come from
having an identity not rooted in what the other person thinks of you, but of what God thinks of you.

I hid in the bushes with just my 35mm lens getting scratches all over me as I watched Jacob ask Marina for forever. It was a
privilege to watch that moment (along with about a hundred people on a passing ferry who screamed with excitement the
moment he got down on one knee). I took them a few months later to Cockatoo Island, a short ferry ride from our home in
Balmain. The word ‘cool’ is a huge understatement. If you’re a photographer and want a place in the Sydney CBD area that isn’t
lame, head here. It’ll blow your mind.

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A few months later…

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