I've known Rebekah for her entire life. In fact, we are cousins; however I don't get to see her too often since she grew up in Africa. Her parents, Rhonda and Robert Pepper have been missionaries for as long as I can remember. They have spent much of their entire life dedicated to spreading the ministry to different parts of the world. They have spent the last 15-20 years in Guinea, Africa. Guinea got world-wide recognition in the last few years with the Ebola outbreak since the illness originated from the region. Luckily, none of the Peppers were not exposed to the virus.
Last year, Rebekah got engaged to her college sweetheart and asked if I would do the photography for her wedding. I was happy to be a part of her special day. They decided to get married at Aaron's church in Patterson, Ga. It was a long drive down, however I was happy to see the change in scenery. South Georgia has a certain charm with the flat landscapes, pine forests, and Spanish moss. Unfortunately, the gnats were out in full force while we were working on photos outside.
One of the coolest aspects about their wedding was the amount of people that traveled thousands of miles to Patterson, Ga to be a part of their special day. Missionaries from all over the world can to see them get married. One of their close family friends from Guinea made Rebekah's wedding dress with traditional African cloth. Rebekah's father prayed a special prayer in Pular and the ministry was split between both of their childhood ministers. I certainly don't get to see many couples dance to Waka Waka (this is for Africa) for their first dance...