Rick + Rachel
I've quoted Kate Simon.
I met her a couple of years ago at a wedding I was photographing. I was in fly-on-the-wall photo mode, crouched in the corner of the room getting photos of a bouquet, when I heard a bridesmaid say,
"Lipstick. Lipstick is important.
It is a woman's way of sealing her outfit with kiss."
(You may not remember this, Kate, but it's true :-)
And I've admired her ever since. I've seen her in bridal parties, doing makeup for her friends' weddings and on and off of dance floors at receptions over the past couple of years. So, I was simply giddy to be asked to photograph she and Edward's wedding.
It was a day of sincere joy, and I think it only appropriate to include a Kate quote from her own wedding day:
While I was photographing her at the very beginning of the day, I asked her to relax her face out of her omnipresent smile, and she replied reluctantly, showing some sincere effort: "Okay, I'll try. It's just, I'm so happy." The smile crept to her face again and she continued,
"I knew I was going to marry Eddie since the day time I saw him. I can't stop smiling."
Cue the music. I looked up from my camera wondering if she was serious, or almost being sarcastic. But no. It was an excellently delivered line from a real-life story tale.
Kate and Edward, may the story tale continue into many many sequels :-)
Rachel (+ Tim)
My husband, Tim, teaches and plays music. So, while I'm at home slicing carrots sticks on colored plates for toddler lunches and exploring municipal parks, Tim works as a music teacher by day and plays piano at Columbus's favorite restaurants by night. (Here, especially. Go hear him. He's the best...I think so, anyway.) This summer break is the first of our four adventurous ones since he's been teaching that we've shifted our focus from other summer jobs to the photo business, and we're trying our hand at collaborating in more ways than just changing diapers :-) So far, we're having a blast. We'll see where this winding road, full of adventure, veggie straws, and lots of battery chargers (figurative and literal) leads us.
That's mainly what I have to say in regards to this wedding. It was most definitely the spiciest wedding I've ever photographed, and possibly ever been to.
I met Zach a long time ago through other weddings I'd shot. (In fact, I discovered a couple days before the wedding that our moms knew one another years and years ago...#catholictiesrundeep). I met Nina, though, for the first time when shooting their engagement photos earlier this year. Nina is from Venezuela and, apart from being so much fun to photograph, was also gracious in allowing me to exercise my love for speaking (altogether stumbling) in Español.
One of my favorite things about Z + N was witnessing how their personalities and cultures so harmoniously blended into one. The proof lies in my favorite moments of the reception, where both Zach's family from the US and Nina's family straight from Venezuela filled the room: a giant beer mug (GIANT) passed around to everyone, bilingual toasts, something called "crazy hour" where everyone danced to music from all over the world and wore costumes...but most, most,
most of all...
the spicy dancing.
It's always a bittersweet moment when it's time for us to leave a wedding. We are sad and happy to wrap up a full day of good photo taking, and then also filled with excitement to go and pick up Edith and squeeze her. When it came time for Tim and I to leave this reception, we simply didn't want to. I was filled with strong desires to keep watching all the amazing latin dancing, but also with visions of me having one ounce of the rythm and coordination to imitate what was happening around me. I kept mentally running through scenes from the movie "Dance With Me" (one word: Cheyenne) and told Tim we were renting it stat when we got home. We did.