She rounded the corner to peek in the mirror just one. more. time. She smoothed the fabric on the front of her dress, and a deep breath gave way to a huge smile. She was getting married. Today. Their day. The months had turned into days had turned into minutes. And now their time was here. The dress, the hair, the makeup were all in place. All that was left, all that she needed was him.
As she rounded the corner, he fought the temptation to peek just one. more. time When she finally got to him, he smoothed the hair back from the side of her face and a deep breath gave way to a huge smile. This was it. They were getting married. Today. Their day. In a second, he could see the days stretching out into months and into years ahead of them. Their time was just starting here. The archway, the music, the guests were all in place. And from now and for the rest of his days he knew....
All he needed was her.
Married: Stephanie & Stu
Stephanie & Stu were married on a day when the sky itself lit up and put on a show in their honor. A parade of pink, purple and blue settled in over the sleepy valley below, and took their seats as they watched two people start a life together. Together with their friends & family, Stephanie & Stu promised forever. And when they were done, even the sky itself couldn't help but shed a tear or two. S&S it was our honor to be your photographers, but it is honestly a much bigger honor to be your friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you for having us there with you on your day. My hope is that you will love like this always. Holding on to one another, and with a lifetime full of the kind of sunsets you inspired that day.
She stood with her head bowed low, as the light poured in the glass panes of the hotel windows like the old lights of Hollywood. It picked her. Chose her. Wrapped in around her and singled her out. And made everything else fall away. She took a deep breath, and then another. As she prepared to step out on this stage. And whatever happened next, one thing was already certain. This night, their night, was shining like diamonds. It glittered in the evening sky. And when it was time for her entrance, even the stars themselves went pale in comparison.
He stood with his head bowed low, as the light poured in the stained glass windows of the cathedral and lit up the entire night like the silver screen. Even from the front he could see...it picked her. Chose her. Skipped over everyone else in the room and singled her out. And made everything else fall away. Later that night he would take a deep breath, and then another. As he prepared to step out on the stage and play a song he had written just for her. And whatever happened next, one thing was already certain. On this night, their night, she was shining like diamonds. She glittered in the evening sky. And he already knew that from now and for the next fifty years, anytime he looked at her....
Even the stars themselves would pale in comparison.
Married: Laura & Christopher
Laura & Christopher were married in Miami on a night even Bogart & Bacall themselves would be proud of. Everything about the day glittered. Everywhere she went, Laura lit up the room. And in his classic black bow tie, Christopher made for an excellent leading man. The day was put together flawlessly by the amazing Tamara Cohen & her team at TC Event Design. We never know what these guys are going to put together next...but even still, when hora loca rolled around and the room filled with stilt walkers, aerialists and show girls....I still found myself having to pick my jaw up off the ground. Laura & Christopher, thank you so much for having us there with you...we will never forget it! My hope is that you love like this always: larger than life and with a love that puts the stars to shame.
So much love,
**A HUGE thanks going out to the amazing Miss Chantal Lawrie for coming along and shooting with us on this one! This was most definitely a four person job, and time and time again she stepped up and helped us really get the job done. Usually while working miracles. She is an incredible photographer, but now we feel so lucky to call her an incredible friend. We love you Chantal!!
They stood together in a field of green, green grass against a backdrop of gray. And the skies threatened to open up at any second. In the distance, the thunder rolled and announced its impending arrival. An uninvited wedding guest, who didnít even bother to pick up a gift on the way in. But to them, it did not matter. They held on tighter to one another as the first drops fell. Laughed when her veil wrapped around them in the wind. And when the rain came down, they just danced in the storm. Found shelter, together. And when all seemed dark outside, they just followed the light from within.
They stood together in a sea of friends and family against a backdrop tradition. And the tears threatened to open up at any second. In the distance, they talked about a future they had not lived yet. The uncertainty of the twists and turns in the road ahead. But to them, it did not matter. They held on tighter to one another as the first drops fell. Laughed when the first wave of bubbles wrapped around them in the wind. As they promised a life together where they would always find a way to dance in the storm. Find shelter in one another. And that when all looked dark outside....
That they would always have, the light from within.
Married: Jenn & Karl
Jenn & Karl were married at the Webb Barn on a day that ran the full spectrum between dark & stormy and golden sunlight. When the only thing that didnít change, was how happy the two of them were. Together. They laughed and danced and hugged. And let nothing dampen the love they had for each other....and every single person there in attendance with them. J&K, my hope is that you will love like this always. Holding on to one another. Weathering the gray skies, and celebrating the blue ones. And no matter what, always finding a way to dance through the storms. Somehow, I already know that you will. It was truly our honor to be there with you at the start of it all!
She stood wrapped in love and the forty years of tradition sewn into every thread of her mama's veil. She took a deep breath and then another. And then she cried. Everywhere she faced, the light did follow. Every angle she turned did reveal, she is one who is bathed in beauty. She paused in the moment. Lingered in the threshold just a little while longer. Because she knew that just one day would never be big enough to hold everything that she was feeling.
He stood rapt in attention at the altar and watched the fabric of their two families overlap, sewn together like the thread in the ribbons above him. He took a deep breath and then another. He squeezed her two hands in his. And then she cried. Everywhere she faced, his smile did follow. Every word he spoke did reveal, to him she would always be one who is bathed in beauty. And to her he promised nothing short of a lifetime, because he already knew....
Just one day would never be big enough to hold everything that he was feeling.
Married: Sara & Ron
Sara & Ron were married on an absolutely gorgeous day at the absolutely GORGEOUS Tappan Hill Mansion. Theirs is a love too big for just one ceremony....so they had two! Which just made for double the laughter, the love and the tears. Ron is actually a correspondent for CNBC, so it came as no news to him (ooooh see what I did there!) that Sara just got more and more beautiful as the day went on....all the way down to the very last songs of the evening. Sara & Ron, it was truly our honor to be there with you on a day filled to the brim with everything that it should be. My hope is that you will love like this always: with more love & laughter than could ever possibly fit in the space of just one day. So instead, it takes a whole lifetime.
They stood at the top of the stairs and talked about album covers. Debated the merits of this one or that one and how the song lyrics go. And when the words ran out, when they just wouldn't come anymore... they sang to each other to keep from crying. When he walked her down the aisle, he walked just a little slower. Silently gave thanks that the end wasn't any closer. And later that night when they danced together, sang to each other just a little more, he realized...every song was always for her.
They stood at the edge of the world together and talked about everything. Debated the merits of this ice cream or that ice cream, and how chocolate really is the best kind of milk there is. And when the words ran out, and there was no more to say...they just held on to each other, knowing that they had a lifetime to continue the debate. When he walked her back to the house, he walked just a little slower. Silently gave thanks that this was just the beginning. And later that night when she asked him to dance together just one more time, there wasn't a doubt in his mind that there would be more...
Because every song was always for her.
Married: Spring & Silas
Spring & Silas were married on the most perfect of all perfect days at French's Point in Stockton Springs, Maine. And I can't think of two more amazing people that kind of day could happen for. Spring is a wedding photographer herself, who became our friend. Then she became our bride, and we are now so lucky to consider her one of our best friends. I still remember the first day we met her, sitting in the Fore Street restaurant in Portland talking about her vast knowledge of wine. Never possibly knowing that just few short years later, we would be the ones there with her as she was getting ready to walk down the aisle. That we would be the ones shooting her first dance, and that *I* would be the one with tears streaming down my face while we did. Spring, a few of my pictures may or may not have been just a little blurry for that very reason....it's ok, Justin & Julia held it together. :) And as amazing as Spring is, Silas is in every way her equal & perfect counterpart. He quietly fills in the gaps, and brings a calm and comfort all around her. And just spending a little time with the two of them together, it's easy to see that Spring is never more herself than when Silas is by her side. S&S we love you guys....like love LOVE you guys!! You are some of the best friends we could ever ask for, and your love just makes my heart happy. My hope is that you will love like this always....but somehow, I already know you will.