This wedding. It’s really hard to put words to a wedding that means so much to me, but I will certainly try.
From the day I started emailing with Sarah and her sweet mom Mary, I could tell this was going to be a special experience. But I had no idea what was truly in store – this wedding has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my career.
Becca of Rebecca Rose Events tried to warn me, telling me these were some of the kindest people she’d ever worked with! She said from the start this would be an event to remember,and goodness was she right. (She and her team did an incredible job
It started with their almost miraculous engagement session in New York City. Will and I flew up for the weekend, staring at the 85% rain forecast. We sat in a coffee shop together reading, working, and staring out the window at the constant drizzling rain. Needless to say, we had the most incredible, sunshine-filled engagement session you’ve ever seen, right in the heart of DUMBO in NYC.
Sarah’s bridal session was also incredible. Her flight was delayed 2 hours, hair and make up couldn’t get started until the time we were supposed to begin shooting, and yes – it was raining. But we all showed up, and the rain stopped just in time. Sarah’s joy shone so brightly that evening – I’ll never forget it.
Their rehearsal dinner at Camp Merrie-Woode was nothing short of a dream.
Which brings us to their wedding day. You see, every event leading up to their day gave me a better understanding of who this couple truly is. When the wedding day arrived, I knew I would be greeted with Sarah’s beaming smile, her unwavering joy, and the most beautiful, classic, Kate Middleton style you’ve ever seen. I knew that Drew would be so excited to see his bride, unwavering in his affection for her, doing whatever he could to make her happy.
And I knew that their love was built not on fluff or feelings, but on unwavering support and loyalty through some of the toughest trials you could face in life.
You see, early in their relationship, Sarah got sick. She had to drop out of school and stay in the hospital for weeks, and she even gave Drew the option to leave because it was too hard.
When things got hard and the future looked bleak, Drew’s loyalty, love, and faithful commitment shone like a light in the darkness. Sarah, being the incredibly strong person she is, fought too. She fought through her illness and beat it. While everyone expected her to drop out of school, she went on to become the attorney she always hoped to be.
All of this culminated on their wedding day after they were married, after we dodged more rain and ended up with the most beautiful wedding portraits, after their vows were said and everyone was at the reception.
Drew toasted to his bride, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. Including mine.
And then… everyone celebrated like there was no tomorrow! From late night Brooklyn Pizza and milkshakes being served to Sarah’s dad hopping on stage to jam out with the band… it was a night to remember.
I will never forget how this day impacted me, and how the love of two people taught me to..
Stay when things get tough.
Fight for one another.
And celebrate the love that you have!
I’m so honored to have captured your day, Sarah and Drew!
Officiant: Palma Ceia United Methodist Church
Ceremony Venue: Highland United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: The Farm at Old Edwards Inn
Cake Artist: Sugar Cloud Baking Company
Caterer: The Farm at Old Edwards Inn
Florist: Rebecca Rose Events
Event Designer + Coordinator: Rebecca Rose Events
Paper Goods: Rebecca Rose Creative
Reception Band: The Rupert’s Orchestra
Videographer: Heart Stone Films
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Make Up For Your Day
Film Processing: Indie Film Labs
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