I sit here speechless. I’ve had this blog written already in my head for about 6 months. I knew what I’d say and knew how I’d say it. And now – there are no words. How do you articulate a day as big as this? I knew first hand the effort and heart that went into planning this wedding, as I’d been in the midst of it for over a year. So then the day finally comes and you just pray that you do justice to this day. Capture every second and every moment and tell their story the best you can. I hope the we reflected the beauty that we saw, and I hope the friendship that came along with these “clients” last as long as the images… forever.
Morrisa – you are so beautiful! So strikingly gorgeous. Your beauty is breathtaking.
Chet – you aren’t so bad yourself. Very handsome in every way and such a gentleman.
You have never seen a more beautiful group of girls – inside and out. I’m happy to have gained several new friends in my life with this group. And the dresses – my favorite bridesmaid dresses I’ve ever seen. I only wish I had one of my own!
And not to be outdone by the girls – all the guys were pretty snazzy too!
Chet & Morrisa chose to see one another before the wedding (does anyone see a pattern here of great photo opps when you do this?) and in the midst of taking some gorgeous photos at a gorgeous place, Chet sat down slowly next to Morrisa and took a box out of his pocket and softly said “I want to give you something” in a way that conveyed excitement and not being able to wait another minute. As tears fell gently down Morrisa’s cheeks, Roger and I stood back quietly and took it all in. This moment was the best moment I’ve ever been a part of at a wedding. These two for a while forgot we were there, and just lived in this moment of love. We were so honored to witness it.
I know this pic is a little out of focus, but you have never seen a kid move this fast. The sweet little flower girl picked up his pillow had he had thrown and continued quietly down the aisle wondering what in the world just happened.
This one’s for you T-Bran!
Have you EVER seen a couple this adorable? Ever?
Uh, yeah… that’s hot.
And while most couples spend the evening dancing and partying with friends, these two decided to sneak out a little early. I think this symbolizes what this day was to them. While it was still a celebration, the main thing they wanted was to be married. And the celebration of that didn’t mean dancing the night away or talking to guests for hours. It meant cherishing a day and a love that was much more than being a bride, or throwing a bouquet – it was starting a life together, taking on a new last name, and being enfolded in the arms of the person you’ll grow old with. That is what these two looked forward to – the life, not just the day. Their love is so mature and strong for a couple so young. I’ve yet to see a couple more at peace when giving their vows to one another. It was as if they’d been waiting their entire life for those words, and so ready for the journey ahead.
Morrisa and Chet, we are so proud to have documented the beginning of your journey together. Your love is so strong and so solid and refreshing. I’m honored to call you not only my friends, but my family. I can’t wait to watch you grow old together!
I must say a special note to someone else. My dear friend Tammy (Morrisa’s mother) who is Starry-eyed Studios biggest fan. I can’t do this post without saying something directly to you. I did not shed 1 tear at this wedding until the moment you walked down the aisle on your new son in law’s arm. I knew how much you’d looked forward to that moment and how significant it was. And watching you – knowing your excitement – it made me truly happy. You are an amazing mother and an amazing person. When I took a minute to look around at the reception I saw smiling guests enjoying their dinners and their conversations, a bride and groom gazing at one another without a care in the world, families brought together in joy. And I saw you – making sure it was all coming together. I want to publicly let everyone know that a single mother put on this wedding. She did the leg work, the details, the stress, and shed the tears so her daughter and new son in law didn’t have to. Because while she was helping to plan a wedding, she was also putting the bride through pharmacy school. There is no strength on earth like that of a single mother. Tammy, you inspire me to be a better mother, a better photographer, and a better friend. Morrisa is so unbelievably lucky to have you for a mother. And I to have you as a friend!