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Sometimes when I photograph weddings, there are a few things that stand out in a big way. For Hope and Michael, 3 things stood out to me:

• Their deep friendships
• Their unshakable joy and focus on one another
• Their strong family

I was so struck by their deep friendships. Hope and Michael have this close knit friend group that had a million inside jokes, that laughed so hard, that took trips together every year, and that made taking their photos so much fun! I could tell there was a camaraderie, a trust, and a history there that quite honestly is rare these days. To have that kind of loyalty is one of this biggest gifts, and I loved how inclusive and kind they were.

On a day that could have been stressful with a thunderstorm rolling in, Hope and Michael were unshakable. They had eyes for each other and that was it. They never got stressed, they were always smiling, and they just went with it. Even during family photos, when it started to rain, they just grabbed an umbrella and smiled at each other, hanging out and waiting for the rain to pass. It was like it didn’t even phase them! Couples like this always encourage me, because I know when the challenges of life inevitably come, they are going to continue to focus on one another and make it through.

Lastly, their strong family was so sweet to witness. Michael had a family who was so supportive and steadfast. Hope had parents and siblings who we knew a little bit already, as Callie has photographed Hope’s brother’s wedding last year! To see their love for the Lord and for each other was so special. It was so sweet to see everyone’s excitement for Hope and Michael.

I can’t let this blogpost end without mentioning the animals that made Hope and Michael’s day even more special and unique! Hope grew up riding horses, so their venue was absolutely perfect since it has horses on the property. It also had swans, and a few dogs and cats owned by the owner! It was the lovliest coastal wedding venue with the sweetest animals. It made for great guest entertainment, and I was struck by how uniquely beautiful this venue was! It had everything!

Hope and Michael, it was so much fun photographing your wedding celebration. What an honor to be part of your big day!

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