Anya and Andrew met at Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Arizona. Anya was a dragon boat racer and Andrew an outrigger which meant they both spent a lot of time at the lake - time that Anya thoroughly enjoyed... because she thoroughly enjoyed watching Andrew smile. Then, in July 2010, Tempe Town Lake (for lack of a better word) broke. All water sports were cancelled until the lake could be repaired. And while Anya missed paddling, she missed seeing Andrew even more. She decided to take a risk and sent him an email inviting him to dinner so they could catch up. Later that week Anya and Andrew came together for the first time off the water. Great conversation and very little eating ensued and by the end of the night they knew... broken lake or not, they would be spending a lot of time together.

When Anya invited me to photograph her wedding in her home town in Pennsylvania, I was beyond excited! A destination wedding outside of Arizona in a barn? Yes please! Although I only just met Anya and Andrew in person on their wedding day, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them and capturing their day -- a day that incorporated all the people and things they love.

We started at a local salon and Anya was so positive and excited about all the day held:
Then we stopped by her childhood home where Anya slipped on the first of two gowns for the day -- a Priscilla of Boston beauty:
The ceremony took place at Anya's church -- Our Lady of Mount Carmel:
Anya looked gorgeous as her father walked her down the aisle:
Andrew is Chinese Hawaiian and special leis were flown in for him and the guys in honor of his Hawaiian heritage:
What an amazing church!
Husband and wife!
Next we traveled to Friedman Farms -- a working barn, and the site of the reception. Who could ask for a more picturesque venue?
The bridal party:
And some of my favorite portraits of the couple:
The reception took place on the 2nd story of a 3-story barn on the property:
Anya changed into a beautiful T-length gown for the reception:
At the end of the night, Andrew, Anya capped off their celebration by setting off Chinese flying lanterns with their guests:
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