I love you both to the moon and back at least 1,572 times. Actually, that’s probably not enough. And here’s the thing: everyone who knows you feels the same way. Why?
I have a few suspicions.
1. Your crazy, awesome dance moves.
2. Your selfie stick. It’s all the rage after all.
3. The way you love with your entire selves. It’s in the way you show up day in and day out for your family and friends. For your students. For those you serve.
4. The laughter you bring. From camo Crocs to Ranger and Bandit antics.
Thank you. Thank you for sharing your love with me. For sharing your amazing family and friends… For still letting me come and document your wedding day, even when you bought a selfie stick and were pretty sure you had it covered… And thank you for the beautiful story of love your writing in my life and the lives of SO many others.
Oh sweet Lindsey…you’re even stunning with rollers in your hair…
These ladies are amazing. Times infinity. And Katie…thank you. Thank you for sharing your wedding day and now your family with me. Thank you for telling Lindsey to give me the honor of being her wedding photographer. And thank you for being such an amazing matron of honor…
Kurt and Lindsey were high school sweethearts. Though they grew apart for a time, they found their way back to each other. Here’s a little throwback for you…
Mrs. Annerino – you’re a joy. I was teary-eyed throughout the day as I watched and listened to the way you love your daughter. (And daughters/son)
Lindsey…HOLY BUCKETS. Seriously…
I love helping my brides slow down their days and create special moments throughout. Which meant a special reveal to her dad. And oh the look on his face when he first saw his beautiful daughter…
Since Kurt and Lindsey live close to Lindsey’s parents…he was able to simply walk over for their first look. And of course – Kurt walks with style.
A little last minute bustling…
Let’s talk about first looks. Here’s the thing: I LOVE THEM. And not because of timelines. You see, when Ted and I got married – I was SO excited to see his reaction when I walked down the aisle. But there were so many people – and I couldn’t see him well. I finally arrived at his side – but of course, we couldn’t really talk as our ceremony was happening.
Which is why I LOVE intimate, connected first looks. (No sneaking up and tapping the person on the shoulder…) And this moment was just BEYOND a joy to watch unfold and to capture for them.
And of course, we couldn’t leave out sweet Gracie. (And just check the slideshow to see the legendary Ranger and Bandit. Yes, they have their own Instagram.)
Just so you know, I adore these ladies.
I asked the guys to sneak up on Kurt. And they absolutely took it to a WHOLE ‘NOTHER LEVEL. (Of awesome…)
I may have wanted to adopt her grandmother…
The flower girl and the ring bearer ROCKED it. As evidenced from everyone’s reactions.
Kurt and Lindsey – I’m sure you both know EXACTLY why I had to include this photo…
When I spoke with Lindsey the day before their wedding, Kurt asked to talk with me. He explained that though Ted and I were welcome to still come to the wedding, they wouldn’t be needing my services anymore. Why? Because they had bought a selfie stick.
All the wows, people.
The Danada House was EXQUISITE. (As were the flowers and the cake from Marie’s Catering)
These two KNOW how to enter a reception.
Please, oh please don’t miss that small detail at the bottom of the right side photo. Oh yes – that happened. We all breathed deeply after seeing it didn’t hit her dress…
The toasts. Just so AMAZING.
Two things… I LOVED that part of their decor for their reception included pictures of their grandparents and their parents. And they gave me the privilege of designing an engagement album to serve as their guest book. You guys – it was beautiful.
Here’s another little something you must know… Kurt has been the source of some of my favorite dancing pictures from several other weddings I’ve had the joy of documenting. Which meant that I couldn’t wait for their reception and all the joy and amazing moves that would happen on the dance floor. Let’s just say their family and friends OWNED the dance floor.
Love you two. SO much. I hope you enjoy every last moment in Jamaica!
There are so many amazing vendors who make the details of this day extra beautiful…without further ado, they are:
Ceremony Venue: St. Irene’s in Warrenville, IL
Reception Venue: Danada House
Florist: Bride’s Choice – Mary Kenney
Cake: Marie’s Catering
DJ: Sounds Abound – Rufus Cathey
Make-up: Nicole Kovach
Hair: Lauren Morgan