Garrett and Elise

"see how my eyes tell this story
of a man and his eternal devotion"

-- mark mathis

Once upon a time, a little boy met a very little girl.
They played and went to school and grew up.
During these events, the little boy became a man and fell in love.
He asked the little girl, who had become a lovely little woman, to marry him.

She said yes, bought a dress and married the man :D

If you didn't see the proposal story from Elise and Garrett, you need to look right here and see how they fell in love. They are long-time best friends who finally are getting married. This wonderful day has been coming for a very long time...

I love this shot. It's almost weird, but I love how simple and old it is. This wedding was very classic and formal, yet simple and relaxed - much like this picture, I think :D

Aw! Hi little bride! Thanks for being adorable!

As Elise and the girls were walking across the street with me to do their pictures, Elise's parents came out. It was so sweet :D

Summer colors, summer weather, summer awesome - yayay!

I have so many pictures I want to blog, it's making me dizzy. Def look at the slideshow to see more, but here are some of my favorites of the annoyingly gorgeous bride.

I love Elise's smile. I can totally hear her little laugh by looking at these

Oh beauty. Ohhh beauty...

This is one of my favorite bridal portraits ever:

Ok, I'm tired of all that gorgeous.
So here's a quick one of the boys :D

Here are some pretty details from the lobby at the church!

Ope, and, of course, my favorite wedding day moment. Are you tired of hearing my recounts of this moment? I hope not.
The music is building, all the guests are looking back at me - hoping to catch a glimpse of the bride.
A father, who has raised this bride for 20+ years is about to give her away. The man who has protected, provided for and loved this lady the most, is about to give her to another man. The music gets louder. The other man is waiting at the end of the aisle - sweating, heart pounding, rocking back and forth, dying to see his bride.

And then !boom! in a matter of moments, it's done. They are married. Forever - until death do they part. Man, it's such an amazing thing! Praise God for marriage :D

Soooo, maybe I spied on them when the snuck away to be alone? Maybe.

We honestly could not have hand-picked a more glorious day for this wedding. In the horribly inconsistent weather of Maryland, we could have had a blazing, oppressing hot day. Or a chilly, rainy day. Or some combination of both. But instead it was breezy and warm, fresh and colorful. Clear and truly perfect.

The reception details were exquisite. I could have taken detail pictures all night!

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what the kiss at the end of your first dance should like! Woohoo!

Aw, and this is what sweet daddy-daughter moments should be like :D

The reception was in Elise's backyard and was very nontraditional for a wedding (aka: no cake cutting or bouquet toss or announcing the bridal party). It was really chill and almost like a garden party. BUT, Elise and her bridesmaids did perform an awesome little dance to "Jai Ho!" Too fun :D

And as the sun set, they beautiful day came to a lovely close....

Enjoy the show! (And the totally awesome and appropriate song: "In Love at 19" by Mark Mathis)

Garrett and Elise, congratulations! I hope you know how much I am rejoicing with you both. God has been so kind :D


  1. I LOVE the picture of Elise in front of the fence and the two pictures that follow!!

  2. Wow, Kristen! These are amazing!!

  3. Anonymous1.6.09

    BEST EVER KRISTEN! ...yes I cried... =D


  4. thank you kristen. these are breathtaking! so very grateful for you.

  5. Wow, Kristen... every picture was beautiful, but my jaw dropped a little bit when I saw the small one of them under the trees. I'm not gonna lie.

    Amazing work.

  6. that picture that you said was your favorite bridal portrait ever.....yep. It's awesome. My favorite of yours also! :) Beautiful day and beautiful pictures.

  7. Kristen. You are amazing.
    Well done. wellll done. :)
    Honestly. These pictures are beautiful!
    I'm so glad they got you to take their pictures.

    and you made the lobby look pretty?!
    and the pic of her hugging him (5th e&g portrait shot) is my favorite. as well as the first dance shot. OH my goodness. couldn't ask for a better one!

    ok. I'm done gushing.

  8. oh Kristen, these are wonderful! I don't know how they couldn't be with the lovely day, gorgeous couple, and all but oh wow. great work babe!!

  9. this was such a wonderful day.
    she was breathtakingly beautiful.
    and he looked pretty cool too.
    i am so happy for them.

    wonderful job. :)

  10. okay i just have to say that the picture of them through the doors was like my favorite picture of all the ones you've ever taken. sooo sweet. :)

  11. happy happy joy joy joyyyyyy! i love the one in which she is standing on the books. =)

  12. I'm pretty sure this is your best wedding ever, and I DEFF cryed watching this,... oh my my.

  13. GORGEOUS!....they are the cutest couple ever!

  14. Kristin - your work consistently raises the bar. I wish you had been around 27 years ago to photograph our wedding. Spectacular work.

  15. When they went outside and you were taking pictures from inside = amazing!!
    Elise was beautiful and you did an amazing job capturing their wedding!
    God is good:)

  16. Wow! I have been waiting to see everything, and those pictures are just wonderful! Cute couple, beautiful dress, amazing day, wow!

  17. oh kristen. these are my favorite ever. i love the colors and the feel and elise is just so ridiculously beautiful.




  19. Kristen: The pictures are amazing!!! Thank you for making me feel like a part of it just by watching them....I must confess I had tears in my eyes looking at these.......GREAT JOB!!!

  20. ps: danny's chin picture = the bomb. haha

  21. One of the MOST beautiful weddings EVER and that goes for the photo's as captured all the love and happiness beautifully!

  22. Ummm. Amazing. Exceptional pics Kristen! It was so fun to have you around the entire day!

  23. these are a-mazing. One of your best weddings yet. Truly breathtaking my friend!

  24. they are all SO amazing... absolutely beautiful work!!! :)

  25. happiness. really. they are stunning! i can't believe those pictures are what come out of you clicking away! brilliant job! :)

    luv u :)

  26. happy for them! like that one with the row of trees and b+w of elise coming out of the door.

  27. These. Are. Gorgeous. Wowowowowow! :)

  28. Can we be besties?!?! I'm more and more amazed by you with each wedding you post! You have a fabulous eye, and your personality really shines through your photos! Post processing = perfect; every time!

    I hope you know just how greatly God has blessed you with your gift of photography. To say you're good is an understatement! It's clear that you enjoy the gift to its fullest!!

  29. So simple and beautiful

  30. Anonymous4.6.09

    Aww. these are amazing Kristen! The wedding was so cute too :D

  31. Lovely work. It is so organic and sparkly.

  32. Awesome work as always, you knocked the bridal shots outta the park!

  33. Girl! These are awesome. Good job!

  34. Anonymous8.6.09

    The picture of them under the shade of the trees! LOVE IT.


  35. oh wow. Kristen, these are amazing!!
    I think this is definitely one of your best!! So beautiful!
    (and they make a very cute couple :)

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