When the Bell Family contacted me to photograph their adoption ceremony, I was so glad to have the opportunity to capture something so special and so beautiful! Two perfectly adorable little children, selected and welcomed by a most loving and deserving couple, officially joined into the Bell family!
We met downtown at the Victoria County Courthouse which was decorated for Christmastime along with Deleon Park across the street. Inside the courthouse, after passing through airport like security, family gathered together in the halls leading to the courtroom and waited. Once inside the quiet courtroom, everyone took their places and the stenographer with a sweet smile motioned for me to come stand next to her to have a better view. The judge sounded very friendly and talked to the kids as if they were his own grandchildren, telling them to remind Mom and Dad to take them out to eat for a special treat every year on the anniversary of this special occasion. Then at the end came the moment the judge pronounced the Bell’s as the legal parents and my heart leaped as everyone applauded. I could see the joy and emotion on Mom and Dad’s faces and just imagined how full of love and gratitude their hearts must be. Of course my eyes teared up even more at this ceremony than they do at weddings, what a precious blessing!