It was a cloudy day in the Fall of 2013. Epic Church Philadelphia was hosting their annual Turkey Bowl on the football field of Roxborough High School. Tensions were high as the competition grew. Say “accidentally” close-lined Kelli, when she mistakenly thought she could take him down. He apologized profusely, but she insisted he stop distracting the game play and then resumed to what she said was her pitiful impression of smack talking. Six months later they were reintroduced when paired together to co-lead a summer bible study for that same church.
The relationship bloomed with a salsa event one evening as requested by Kelli, following with another evening at a MMA fight, Say’s choice. That support for each other’s interest has been a foundational factor in their relationship. From Kelli taking Muay Thai classes to learn a small part of Say’s world to Say being willing to take some salsa classes. Their relationship is a christ-centered partnership, sprinkled with adventure and a love for their friends and family.
So on a wintery December day we ventured to the Blue Cross River Rink in South Philadelphia. Anyone who knows anything about Philadelphia in the winter time knows that Philly knows how to do Christmas right. The river rink is a must see to any Christmas enthusiast, which Say and Kelli very much are. We photographed among the twinkling lights, with the fire pits burning and the Christmas music as a soundtrack for the session. I can’t say enough good about this couple. They are silly and support each other, they get lost in the presence of one another and have such a solid foundation of faith. They are a classic love. 05.15.15 is gonna be magical.