Dave was a senior when Jessica was a freshman at Notre Dame. She knew him as half of the "Ulrich Twins" - Dave & Todd - she knew he played lacrosse - a sport she'd never heard of growing up in Arizona - and that was about it. After college Dave moved to New York City and so did Jessica - four years later. They bumped into each other on occasion through mutual friends, but sparks didn't fly until a storybook summer weekend in the Hamptons when Jessica was attending a bachelorette party and their paths crossed again. They went on their first date that Sunday night and Monday morning Jessica hopped a plane...to Chicago...where she had just relocated.

The rest is (long-distance) history.

Though the majority of their relationship has spanned the distance between the mid-west and the east coast, Dave and Jessica never let that get in the way of their love. One holiday season, Dave was on his way to Arizona to see Jessica and her family and there was an ice storm in the northeast that canceled all flights out of New York. Dave was determined to make it to the desert so he tried to take a CAB from the curb at Laguardia all the way to Pittsburgh - a 5 hour trip in good weather - to outsmart the storm and catch an evening flight. There was no stopping him from getting to Jessica.

Unstoppable love is the best kind.

Dave and Jessica's wedding Saturday was such an amazing day. We started the morning at the Sanctuary on Camelback. I instantly fell in love with Jessica's Jim Hjelm gown from Destiny's Bride:
Jessica looked stunning even before she got into her dress:
Her bouquet - done by Avant-Garde was fluffy goodness:
While I was with the girls, my 2nd shooter Rachel was with the guys:
Love these:
The bridal party was a fun crowd:
We hopped in a limo to head over to the ceremony site - St. Mary's Basilica:
Jessica's parents walked her down the aisle:
What a stunning venue:
Man & wife!
Back at the Sanctuary we were able to get some amazing portraits with Camelback mountain as a backdrop:
I couldn't stop shooting the dress:
What a gorgeous couple!
The reception details were stunning:
I made sure to get a photo of the invitation - Jessica's own creation. She co-owns an online stationery company called MJ Paperie - check out the website here!
The first dance:
Love this shot of Jessica's parents during the toasts:
Guests danced into the night:
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