One thing I truly love about this job is that most of our clients come as recommendations from previous clients, or when someone was a bridesmaid in a wedding we photographed and then they themselve’s get engaged and they ask us to photograph their wedding. This makes it so fun for us as photographers because we often know several guests and wedding party members on their wedding day! Crawford and John are friends of one of my friends from college and also a previous bride of mine, Shelton. I met them both for the first time at Shelton’s wedding last year and I have loved getting to know them more over the last year. They are both so incredibly kind, laid back and thoughtful. I knew this about them going into their wedding day, so when a random down pour of rain came, it was no surprise to me that Crawford and John rolled with the punches and ended up having the most epic house party I have ever seen. These two were completely focused on each other and the joining of their families, that they didn’t pay any mind to the fact that their reception plan had been changed entirely. I love these types of clients. The ones who fully embrace their wedding day, taking in every moment and living it up with their closest friends and family.
Sweet Crawford recently wrote me the sweetest thank you note, and in it she shared one of her favorite quotes by Shauna Neiquist. “One of my favorite Celtic ideas is the concept of thin places. A thin place, according to the Celtic mystics, is a place where the boundary between the natural world and the supernatural one is more permeable – thinner, if you will.
Sometimes they’re physical places. There are places all over Ireland where people have said, if you stand here, if you face this direction, if you hike to the top of that ridge at just the right time of day, that’s a thin place, a place where the passage between heaven and earth is a short one, a place where God’s presence is almost palpable.
Thin places: places where the boundary between the divine world and the human world becomes almost nonexistent, and the two, divine and human, can for a moment, dance together uninterrupted. Some are physical places, and some aren’t places at all, but states of being or circumstances or seasons.” I can only hope that these images will forever be a reminder of that feeling and that when they have children and grandchildren they will be able to share these photos with them and still go right back to that “thin space”.
Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church
Reception Venue: Stowe Manor
Officiant: Sam Warner
Cake Artist: Cake Me Away
Caterer: H&M Catering
Florist: Carey Roberts Designs
Event Designer: Creative Solutions
Event Coordinator: Brianne McMullan
Reception Band: The Voltage Brothers
Videographer: Reel Weddings
Makeup Artist: Cathy McNeish, Natural Brides
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab
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