Whew, this was a doozey of a post to put together!! But I'm so glad we did.
Looking back through this whole year, at all the places we were able to go and all of the sweet couples we had the honor of photographing, was such an incredible reminder of just how very lucky we are to get to do what we do. My Dad often reminds us when we get together with him, of what a blessing it is that this thing that we do- by its very nature, without us doing anything more - it leaves something behind. Think about that. How many jobs can say that? How many people can say that just by the career or calling they've chosen, the work they do with their hands creates something that people will hold on to and pass down? That the work they do creates a legacy that will last for generations? Not very many.
Not very many, indeed.
And I think that's why we just keep falling more and more in love with photography. And why we hope we never stop getting better and pushing ourselves and learning new things. We have the privilege of documenting life. How COOL is that?? In a world where things get tossed aside for new and better and more, this thing that we get to do, it lasts. It endures. It goes beyond us. We get to tell stories that matter. And long after we're gone, those stories will live on.
That's a calling we are lucky to answer.
So here's to 2014! A year full of stories that matter and people we are lucky to now call friends!
PS: I apologize in advance for the massive size of the post!! There were just too many that meant something to us!
Barns at Wesleyan Hills Wedding: Ashleigh & Andrew
Today we wrap up our 2014 season with our last wedding of the year! Ashleigh & Andrew had the most GORGEOUS wedding at the Barns at Wesleyan Hills! It was cold on their day (like REALLY COLD!) but the warmth of all the amazing people who were there more than made up for it! Both sets of parents were just incredible & it was one of the NICEST bridal parties we have ever gotten to work with! Which just makes all the more sense why Ashleigh & Andrew are both so amazing themselves!
I loved everything about their beautiful, cozy day especially the perfect combo of Fall meets Winter vibe! There were so many things about these two & their day that made it our ideal kind of day to shoot....so much so that I'm going to do a whole separate post for that! But for now, let me just say CHEERS to an amazing 2014 and what a way to go out!
A&A, we LOVE you guys!! Consider yourself official Clients Turned Friends now!! :)
Today we have the stunning Boston Public Gardens wedding of Annmarie & Gil to kick your week off right! These two got married on a day when they were calling for it to absolutely pour all day. And it did rain quite a bit in the morning, but the second that we were ready to step outside for the First Look....it stopped! And it stayed that way & beautiful for all of their portraits and the rest of their day!
Which is exactly what these two deserve, because they have two of the most beautiful hearts we've ever had the honor of meeting! Annmarie & Gil found us from when we shot one of our all time favorite past Clients Turned Friends, JC & Esther, several years ago. Which totally just reaffirms my belief that awesome people are friends with awesome people! :) Because honestly, it just doesn't get any sweeter than these two. They are kind and thoughtful and neither of them has a selfish bone in their body. They love their families fiercely and their friends with their whole heart. To know them is to feel like you've been friends with them for years. And everyone who is lucky enough to be around them feels like they are witnessing love in action.
Everything about this day was so incredible. From Annmarie's gorgeous lace dress (and those awesome blue shoes!) to the guys all decked out in gray tuxes to the Kenyan choir that Annmarie surprised Gil with at the ceremony....the whole day was elegant and classic and full of joy. In short, it was a DREAM to photograph and we just feel so lucky to be the ones who were there. Annmarie & Gil, we ADORE you guys! Thank you so much for letting us be there with you on this perfect, perfect day!
Today we have for you the absolutely gorgeous Chicago wedding of Sheila & Jon at Salvage One!
Salvage One is actually this very cool antique shop turned wedding venue, and one of the most amazing things about it is that because it is still an active store with new stuff coming in all the time....the decor is constantly changing! It's new every weekend! How fun is that?!
These two got married on an absolutely perfect day, and what made it the most special was how these two love. How they love each other, how they love their families, how they love everyone lucky enough to find their way into their world. This was one of those days that was oh so pretty, but so much more importantly...it was a day that was beautiful. And that beauty pours right out of Sheila & Jon's hearts and beams out all around them. It fills the room until you can fill the light and the warmth on your face.
I loved how the girls laughed all morning long. I loved the tears that poured freely during the ceremony. I loved the hugs. And the group prayers. And the cupcakes. And how everybody, everybody was burning up the dance floor.
There is this thing that makes a wedding special and it is nothing that you can buy or hire or decorate. It comes from two truly good people starting a life together and two hearts like that being joined....it creates the kind of explosion of goodness that sends ripple effects and shock waves to everyone who feels it. And it reminds them to love a little more and hug a little tighter too.
That's why the world needs a love like this. And we're just the lucky ones who got to capture it that day.
Sheila & Jon, there are just no words for how much we LOVE the two of you! Yours is the kind of love that the world will always remember, We certainly will.
We are so excited to kick off this week with Nicole & Jeff's Chicago wedding at The Bedford! As you might remember from their engagement shoot, Nicole & I first met in law school when she was my Yale Law Women's Big Sister. She was a year ahead of me & really took me under her wing that first scary year of law school, not to mention getting me involved with the Yale Law Revue (not to be confused with the Yale Law Review, the school's journal)...this was more think Saturday Night Live, but with law jokes & skits about professors. It was amazing! And we bonded over our mutual love of doing the Weekend Report. She was & is the Amy Poehler to my Tina Fey!
Fast forward a few years & when Nicole told us she was getting married in Chicago and we had to be the photographers, it was like life had come full circle! These guys got married on a beautiful Chicago fall day! They did the getting ready at their house, we did a First Look right outside and then we headed over to the Northwestern Law campus to shoot all around their gorgeous archways & ivy. The light was perfect, the temperature was perfect, and these two were perfect! :)
After that we headed off to the ceremony & then to The Bedford, which is this gorgeous old bank vault turned wedding venue, where we did some more photos of them & then got this party started! It was one of the most fun groups we've ever seen & even the kids were burning up the dance floor! One my favorite parts of the whole night was when Jeff surprised Nicole by singing a song to her while playing guitar. Everyone in the room was blown away & it was so clear in that moment that his heart is just for her!
Nicole & Jeff we love you guys & we are SO grateful we got to be there with you that day! We wish you a lifetime of slow dances, surprise songs, and laughs worthy of the Law Revue! :)