I think one of the biggest honors you can reach as a photographer is when your old high school pals hire you to photograph their weddings. Seriously. Because….to be honest, they’ve seen you at your worst (I mean….high school. It’s bad.) and here they are, years and years later, trusting you with the precious details of one of the most important days they will ever have in their lives. It’s kind of amazing.
Lauren is one of those people. We’ve known each other since 3rd grade. When my family moved to Massachusetts, she was one of the first people I met on the school bus, and for 20 years, our families lived within walking distance of each other. She is sweet and kind and hilarious and even though I don’t know him as well, Rob is pretty great, too. I knew this immediately because he was willing to be up and ready at 5 AM on a weekend morning in the middle of summer to do this photo shoot. Smiling and strolling down a beach at 5 AM. People, this is love.
Lauren + Rob — you guys are adorable. Can’t wait for the big day in September! Let’s find another reason to do a post-shoot beach breakfast. :)
When your sweet little babies grow up into talking, giggling, spilling, screaming, temperamental, loveable tiny people who rule your world at all hours of the day, a really fun thing to do is to get in your car, drive away, and find someone else’s sweet little baby to cuddle & snuggle and ooh & ahh over for a few hours. And if the parents of that bundle of cute happen to be past wedding clients, even better.
Marisa & Chris — congrats on your 5th wedding anniversary! And on creating the most adorable baby ever.
Welcome to this wild, crazy, amazing parenting ride. (It’s a good one, I promise.)
Luke is one very lucky little dude.
Outdoor/barn weddings are one of the best things ever invented. I mean, there’s not much better than spending a day surrounded by scruffy fields, farm animals, and old furniture. But throw in pretty dresses, twinkly lights, cocktails, a hammock, men in short suits, and — I don’t know how to explain what happens…. it’s like a magic wedding recipe for amazing-ness. (Yes, amazing-ness.) Even when it feels as though it’s 138 degrees outside and storms are threatening all day long, somehow it’s still more fun that seems like should be allowed on a Saturday.
Also, it helps when Kate & Dan are the bride and groom. And their ceremony is beyond adorable. And their smiles are infectious. And they dance. Ohhhhh do they dance. And just when you think they can’t possibly keep going any longer…..the best song in the world comes on and everyone screams and a rubber pig flies through the air (really, it happened), AAAAAaaaannnndddd……they all dance some more.
And as you walk away at the end of the night, the darkness is filled with the scent of campfire and….the random baaaahhs of sheep.
(See what I mean? The best.)
At one of my favorite locations around, the gorgeous Glenora Wine Cellars Inn. Dress by Nicole Miller. Shoes by Stuart Weitzman. The sash on Mandy’s gown was handmade by one of her bridesmaids who used buttons and lace from gowns worn by Mandy’s grandmother, her mother, and Chris’s mother.
So, so sweet.
Also, we got to shoot under the prettiest willow tree I ever did see. And there was a baby with a tux onesie on. There might not be a cuter baby outfit on the planet. In fact, I think it should be a requirement that every wedding include a baby with a tuxie. Let’s start a petition.