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After each wedding we photograph, we pair you, our wedding couple, up with one of our kids in the village as a way of paying in forward. It’s an incredible rush as a photographer to wake up on the weekend and know that not two, but three people’s lives are changing forever because of each day’s wedding story. It is part of the fuel for our creativity and joy. Here is a peek at the post-wedding gift we send out, combining my travel photography and our interview of each kid’s hopes and dreams.

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Our wedding couples have my wife, Janelle, to thank for building this bridge between ladies whose wedding dreams come true, and little ladies who can begin to now dream because of it. Years ago, Janelle had heard of a work project through her church, Solomon’s Porch in South Minneapolis where families would be gifted a new home as a way out of insane poverty. One single home costs $1,800 and consists of one room for all activities much like a small studio apartment. As most of the food is also cooked on wood-fed stoves with soot billowing in the same room as kids sleep, environmental precautions are now in the works to help keep the air clean for families. After a few months of dating, I asked if I could join her on the next trip as it had been one of the biggest influences on her life to date. Over the last fifteen years, this project has built over 60 homes for families who would not be able to afford to do so, and we have been apart of four of those trips.

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We will be sharing more with you as we invite children into our Volcanic Village that World Vision is helping us create in Guatemala. World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Through it’s new partnership with Vick Photography, World Vision will be able to meet the needs of dozens of young girls of an impoverished village in Guatemala, nourishing and educating while teaching their community to become self sustaining.

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