For Christmas, George had teased Katrina that he was giving her a charm bracelet from Jared. On the list of things Katrina wanted for Christmas that year, a charm bracelet from Jared's was towards the bottom (the very bottom).
Then, one evening, shortly after having knee surgery - George told Katrina he was going to make her dinner. She came home to find the house cleaned, candles lit, and wine poured. Impressed by the effort it must have taken with a healing-knee, Katrina smiled. Oh how she loved him.
"Something came in the mail for you..." George said.
He had her close her eyes and hold out her arm.
Filled with anticipation, Katrina's smile widened.... until... she felt the distinct sensation of a Jared's charm bracelet being placed on her wrist.
"You got me a freaking charm bracelet!!" She laughed (and cried a little inside)! She opened her eyes, looked down to her wrist and saw the word YOU resting on her skin. She turned the bracelet more to see the word WILL. And when she looked up from the charms, there was George - down on his poor, painful knee - asking her to be his bride.
Today, in honor of these two, I asked them if they would be willing to share their favorite wedding photo and why it's so meaningful to them. I always find this so interesting to see which images mean the most to each couple. Seth and Rachel picked the above photo and Rachel shared this about it:
"Well, it sure was tough to choose a favorite! This is one of the first pictures we had printed after our wedding and it's still fondly displayed in a picture frame that we received as a wedding gift engraved with the words 'Happiness - February 6, 2010'. It perfectly captures our excitement in this moment - 'It's official! We're married!'"
Thank you so much for sharing Rachel! What a great day that was! Happy Anniversary!
This year I shot 9 amazing weddings. Looking back at each of these unique weddings, I picked out my favorite images from 2013. The following 25 images (in the order in which they were shot) are my personal favorites. But I'd love to know what you think! Leave a comment but more importantly make sure to vote for your faves by clicking on the star icon under the ones you like. To see the results of the vote, click on "portfolio" then "blog favorites" above.
Today, in honor of these two, I asked them if they would be willing to share their favorite wedding photo and why it's so meaningful to them. They picked the above photo and Laura shared this about it:
"I have way too many favorites to count, so this was a challenging task. I decided to go with this one, though, for these reasons:
1 -- I love how the black and white seems to lend an almost ethereal, spiritual glow to the photo. It literally glows with a warmth that I can feel but is hard to describe. The rabbi glows in a surreal light that seems to surround everyone under the chuppah. Spiritual is the best word.
2 -- It documents the 'breaking of the glass' which for me represents the exact moment that we became husband and wife in the Jewish tradition and officially became official!
3 -- Most poignant for me, it captures my beloved brother Gregg, the best man, who sadly and tragically passed away 10 months later. These photos are some of the very last I have of him, and I will forever cherish each one. I love knowing that he was with us and it reminds me that he always is and always will be. It reminds me that we had an angel by our side during the most important day in our lives -- a blessing we will cherish forever.
And of course I love how Will, my nephew and the ring bearer, is peering forward to wait for the crack of the glass. I love how I can just feel his anticipation -- so cute!"
Thank you Laura for sharing so openly. I am SO sad for the loss of your brother. I know he is deeply missed. But I have great memories of your day as well. I still remember how emotional and sweet you and Brian's first look was. Your love was palpable. Thank you again for allowing me to witness and capture it! Happy Anniversary!
It was 1997 when they met for the first time on the middle school soccer field. Jess was smitten, and though it may not have been as obvious to Jay at the time... the fact that he got down on his knee to tie Jess's shoes before every practice, while Jess talked and giggled like middle school girls do, was pretty accurate foreshadowing.
After a middle school break up, a high school rekindle-and-fizzle, Jay and Jess got back together one more time as adults and for this gorgeous couple, the third time was a charm. Though this time, when Jay got down on his knee to ask her to marry him there were no shoes or shin guards and Jess didn't talk or giggle or say anything. For the first time she was speechless. After what seemed like decades Jay literally said, "Jess you have to say something". And that's when she said yes.
Saturday Jay and Jessica said their vows and I was SO honored to witness and document their love!! What an amazing day!
Jessica and her girls looked so cute in these robes she found on Etsy:
Jay was SO excited to marry his bride:
Next, we made our way to The Silverleaf Club, where the rest of the day's festivities took place. Jessica's bouquet of reds, oranges, yellows, and peach showed off the wedding colors chosen because fall is such a special time of year for Jay and Jessica -- it's when they first met, when they attended homecoming together, and when they finally got to live in the same city together.
How gorgeous is this bride!?
Jay and his "Aladdin good looks" -- as Jessica refers to them:
I love that these two chose to see each other before the ceremony -- we had so much time to get great portraits of them around the property. It was so great to see them take huge breaths and melt into each other upon seeing one another for the first time.
The bridal party:
I loved the program, and the signature cocktail provided as guests arrived before the ceremony was a great touch as well:
Jessica's dad was so proud to walk her down the aisle and give her away:
Jay and Jessica wrote their own vows and there wasn't a dry eye in the place, especially when the groom started crying!
Yay! Husband and wife!
The reception details were gorgeous:
What a beautiful location for an indoor/outdoor reception!
And can you imagine dancing the night away here?
The first dance:
The mother/son dance was so sweet and the father/daughter dance started out that way as well:
Then THIS happened:
haha -- best ever!!
Jess and her sorority friends serenaded Jay:
These two are so sweet together!
Congratulations Jay and Jessica!! I adore you and it was so much fun to document your wedding day!