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My Gap Babies…


Is this not the most beautiful family you’ve ever seen? Well, I thought so the minute I walked through their front door. My inner monologue went something like this: “Holy cow, they’re beautiful…I wish I worked for Gap…They would be the face of the company.” 

The most exciting part about shooting children is they bring the un-expected factor. You have absolutely no idea what’s about to happen or be said. Typically, it comes in the form of chaos and random comments that make me chuckle inside, but the unexpected with this family, was not only how beautiful they are but how well behaved the kids were! I dunno, I guess I haven’t had that in quite awhile, it was refreshing to see. 
So Gap…When you’re hiring, look me up, and my first gig can be shooting these beautiful faces. Ok? Thanks. (:
 
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Legacy…


If I had to sum up the relationships of this wedding in one word I’d say: “Legacy” Now that may not be a part of most peoples daily vocabulary but for the bride Melissa and I it has been. Having played on the same soccer team back in college it was a term used often and with great pride. As I describe their wedding I want to do the same. 

Not to get all educational on you but I think it’d be helpful to know what Legacy really means. The word is used to describe something that is handed down by someone that’s gone before us. In my and Melissa’s case it was the legacy of a senior passing on her position of playing the Left-Mid position to a freshman on the TIU soccer team. Or for the groom, Jon, it was a pin that has for generations been passed down when they were twenty-five years old. 
So my point is…I’m sitting here at a wedding where I know a good number of the people already looking around at how much Melissa and Jon have impacted this group, and thought how cool it is that they will continue to pass things along to their current and future friends and family. On September 25th, 2009 they began a new journey and it’s a sweet thought to know that from here on out they have a legacy not as individuals but as a partnership. These two have so much to offer and I have no doubt they will pass admirable things to those that follow them.
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Um….Wow.


Though I look like I’m twelve, I’ve been doing this wedding thing quite awhile now. (And no, I’m not sick of it) (: Where I’m goin’ with this is more often than not I’ve already shot a wedding in the location before. Which has it’s perks…I have my favorite spots, I know the lighting, it’s the well oiled wedding machine that’s in my head already. But once in awhile I get a new one. And even rarer than that I get a new one that completely blows my mind. Such was a day. With new locations my mind is always reeling. Where should I go? How do I make it work? What would look the best after it’s edited? The thinking never really stops. Which is also pretty fun as I’m constantly having “aha! that’s perfect” moments. I think I had about a million of those on the Rookery staircase. It’s one of the most fantastic things I’ve seen. Something equally great is my bride Meghann and my groom Phil. I literally said: “Don’t hate me but do you think you could lay down on the stairs?” As I’m leaning over the railing three floors above them. No hesitation at all! They full out lay on the stairs. Wedding dress and all! Loved it. They do not hesitate to just go for it. For me…that’s ideal. I loved it!

 
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Just Not The Same…

Because we’ve had several engagement parties, engagement pictures, weddings, you name its together over the past year it’s surreal to think that this wedding (a fabulous one at that) is actually over. Though I’m taking their family picture (now that so many have married in) in just a couple months, and though I’m confident I’ll see them at many more weddings to come it just isn’t the same. I love these two and don’t want it to be over. 

On a fairly regular basis I’ll be in the car with a group of friends and a certain song will come on and I’ll go: “Welcome to my Saturday nights.” Meaning, there’s certain iconic songs that are played at pretty much every wedding i.e. Billy Jean, Sweet Caroline, etc. and though it’s no surprise for me it’s still good fun. Similarly, the whole circle around the bride and groom bit as the last song plays. Shocking? No…But, I will say, this one had a different vibe to it. A fresh, great, did that just happen vibe. It just wasn’t the same and I was a fan. 
Stoked for these two as they are a perfect fit for one another. 
See you guys at the next wedding. (:
 
How cute are these place cards? (: 
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Vintage Hollywood


I love when brides go for personality pieces. Though Kristina’s (my bride for the day) initial response was that she was going to go for a totally different look I’m so glad she didn’t! She asked me to take a picture of her headpiece and as I carefully opened the box I fully expected to see a tiara, a head band, comb barrette pretty much the typical beautiful accessory for any bride. Can I just say I literally gasped when I opened the box? It was this fantastic feather, gem, I don’t know how else to say it but most gorgeous vintage hollywood lookin’ headpiece ever! It completely got me stoked for the day and inspired the lens I was going to view their wedding through. I’m sure I annoyed Kristina with how many times I said: “You look awesome!” I couldn’t help it, she did!

Another highlight of the day was during her father daughter dance…She started it off with a slow, lovely little number and midway had it come to a screeching halt (to the surprise of her father) and busted out Miley Cyrus and some moves to boot. Her dad was a great sport about it and got the party off to a killer start. Great fun. 
Thanks to the bride and groom for letting me be a part of it. 
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