23.2.10

Brandon + Tamara {Tremont Grand Baltimore Wedding}


"I don't wanna be just friends, no
I don't want another girl
Cause you're the only one I love"
just friends - jason reeves

Are you breezing through this post real quick?  Because that's fine.  But this is just a solid, no joke, GOOD story.  You should probably take it slow and let their story seize you.  

Tamara was a cheerleader and an 8th grader.  She was a spirited, blonde, All-American girl - what 7th grade boy didn't have a secret crush on her?  They all did.  You know it.  And Brandon suuure did.  He really liked her.  Imagine his awkward, adolescent joy when Tamara actually agreed to go out with him! He was a lucky, excited and confident fellow.  He got Tamara to date him.

In a completely predictable and normal turn of events, Tamara called things off before the monumental and historic two week anniversary. Ohhh burned! She wanted to stay friends though.  Hm.  I feel like that doesn't help.  You are 12, your upper-lip is all scabby from bad-shaving, your pants really are too short but you're too unaware to do anything about it and the girl you like wants to be "friends." As Jason Reeves sings, "Those two words are bullets in my chest - just friends."  
In an uncharacteristically brilliant move on this 7th graders part, Brandon decided that, yes, he'd liked to be friends.  Cheer-leading, heart-suffocating, smile-making 8th-grader Tamara wants to be friends with him? Deal. Done.  He was in.











So, they were friends.  Despite Brandon's "unchanged affections."  They laughed their way through middle school, and then high school.  College-years moved them around a bit, and they were rarely, if ever, in the same state.  However, they did a good job keeping in touch.  

Brandon always had Tamara there in his mind, but considering how adamant she was that they were "just friends" he tried to move on.  But no other girl was Tamara - simple as that. 
Let's face it, she is pretty awesome.   I didn't get a chance to meet her before the wedding, which isn't my preference, but my goodness... if there was a ever a bride to meet "day of," it's Tamara.  She effortlessly mixes an out-going excitement for life and a peaceful, calm demeanor.   I want to be friends with Tamara!
My heart honestly warmed as I watched her get ready.  She was too happy for her own good :D  But hold... how did we get to wedding day?  We need to flip back to the story.

 So they met in 1999 and it was now 2008.  Tamara was still in school and doing cheer, and Brandon was working in Florida.  She had always promised she would come visit him, but never had.  Not that she was avoiding it, but the trip just hadn't happened. Untillllll, an over-booked flight in Boston.  She kindly gave her seat to a stranger and took her free flying voucher to anywhere in the country.  
The bustle of life swept that voucher out of her mind, but right before it expired she remembered she had it. In a random, last-minute decision, she decided to keep her promise and see her middle-school buddy down in Florida.   You know what's coming, don't you?  He picked her up at the airport and it was like love at first sight!  Hugs, tears and instant romantic connection! Not.
It was the same story right there in the airport in Florida as it always had been.  Brandon liked her - really at this point loved her - and she thought of him as her dear friend, nothing more.   After enjoying each other's company for a week, Tamara headed back home.  Brandon was torn.  He had tried with her... he really, really had.  Hadn't she realized how great they were together?  How much fun they had?  How they could talk for hours?  But after almost 10 years of trying with this girl, Brandon needed to let her go.  His heart couldn't take it anymore.  She was too good and he couldn't have her.
The plot thickens, ladies and gentleman, oh how it thickens.  Tamara left her little-brother-esque, buddy-boy, friend in Orlando, boarded her plane home and by the time she had landed on the dull, chill ground of Maryland, it had all changed.  
She was newly crazy about that man she left behind.  Whoa there. Man? Yes, he was a man to her now - not merely a friend, but a wonderful, incredible man.  She couldn't stop thinking about him.  Her stomach swelled inside her as she remembered their last week together, psh, their last 10 years together!
Not even days later, Brandon called to tell her he was ready to take his role as her friend.  He'd had his Mr. Darcy "one word from you will silence me forever but I love you" speech, and he needed to get her out of his system.  He'd been rejected by the same girl so many times, and fell harder each time.  Imagine his heart - that patient, enduring, love sick heart - when he heard Tamara on the phone say "Wait a second.  My feelings have changed."
Brandon wasted no time.  That was the sentence he had been waiting to hear since he was 12-years-old. He was coming to see her. Pronto.  He flew to Maryland a few days later, and just after their big "two week" anniversary, he proposed.  He wasn't going to let her get away. No, not this time.  
God had been faithful.  He had seen these two through years of life, and at the perfect time, He made their lives one.  How wonderful!


After the ceremony, Brandon and Tamara exited the chapel and stopped around the corner.  Brandon hugged his wife, Tamara. And sobbed.  He kissed her as tears ran down his cheeks, slid down his lips and landed abruptly on his wife's wedding dress. Tamara's wedding dress.  Tamara was his wife.  And he was holding her.  

Their love is simple and it's deep.  It reminds me of the story of Jacob who worked for seven years to marry Rachel and all that time "
seemed like a few days to him, because of the love he had for her ."
Baltimore was boasting stunning night-color.  It couldn't have be more perfect for them :D
Their lovely wedding day was hosted inside the
Tremont Grand in Baltimore .  There were so many amazing rooms to use for pictures - but my favorite was the library :D
SMOKIN' - ohhh my!
The reception decor was flawless and the whole wedding was just an elegant, traditional eye-feast!  The music was beautiful, the food was to die for (no exaggeration), the place really was a room from your dreams.
And the love from friends and family couldn't have been stronger.  Everyone carried these two on their hearts and were just overwhelmed with excitement for them.
My favorite part of the day was when they entered the reception.  Now married, with a room bursting with love and support.  Brandon stood there so proud and happy.  And darling Tamara smiled and shifted in her dress.  They were so happy together, hand in hand.  
He got Tamara to marry him.  And be his love and best friend for the rest of his life.  Congratulations!

29 comments:

  1. seriously - that was so worth the read. what a great story, and as usual great pictures too kristen ;)

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  2. excellent work catching the awesome details!

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  3. aww!! they could make a movie about their story! I love it! and you conveyed the story very well :D

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  4. Amazing story! I love the part where he held her and cried. This story should be a movie!!!

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  5. this was a crazy, amazing story! so cute and the pics are wonderful as well! :)

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  6. Awesome job, Kristen. Thanks!

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  7. SO glad I didn't breeze through this and skim all those beautiful details. What a story!!

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  8. Hi Kristen! I have been a faithful lurker on your blog for quite sometime and I have been slightly obsessed with your style. I am so thrilled to see another stunning wedding...and this time it's of someone I know! Congrats to Tamara and Brandon! :)

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  9. Oh! I wanted to cry!!! I love the picture you took of her standing at the window-Lovely!

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  10. ohh geez their story makes me weak in the knees. love everything!

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  11. All choked up in a happy, perfect way.

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  12. What a love story! I was hooked from the second sentence.

    The last photo is priceless - he is fiddling with his wedding ring; obviously soaking in the fact that it's on his finger and it is real... My husband did that throughout our whole reception and for weeks after until it became 'normal' to have it on his finger.

    I feel like I just wanted a love story unfold at the movie theater. I'm filled with happy vibes.

    Thanks for that! :)

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  13. Hey there... Are you going to post the entirety of the pictures on your website at some point? And how can we purchase them? Thanks!

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  14. Oh deliciousness.... I just love how I not only get to feast my eyes on your amazing(!)Pictures but get to hear the story behind them as well... this one was TOTALY worth the read.

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  15. What an awesome story!! Love it, and love your pics, as always!!

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  16. Oh what a sweet story! I loved how they got engaged after two weeks! Really like the shots on the street, full of energy and very fun:)

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  17. UH.MAY.ZING. love your work miss kristen!

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  18. Joey McMorrow24.2.10

    Brandon never mentioned this side story to me (his step brother), but it just makes me feel that much happier. Brandon is such a caring guy and devoted himself to this one great woman and held on to hope and it paid off

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  19. loved this post kristen! what a sweet story and the pictures turned out so lovely!

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  20. ohh...I So love that one of the teeny tiny bridesmaid getting her hair curled. Priceless. Absolutely.

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  21. Great pictures, even better story and you are a great writer!!! Thanks for saying to slow down and read glad I took the time to.

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  22. OMG!!!! That is the cutest story ever!! Thanks for sharing that...how sweet.

    :)

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  23. Tamara28.2.10

    Kristen, this is amazing!!! You are too sweet, thank you so much! :D It even made me blush to read and it's my love story! You and Sarah did an incredible job and I love your enthusiasm for all-things wedding! :)

    -Tamara

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  24. You captured their story so beautifully, it left me breathless. Wonderful work.

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  25. these are some beautiful pictures right here.

    :)

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  26. awww...That's the most amazing love story that I've ever heard. You told it so wonderfully!! They are absolutely adorable together!

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  27. Janice Stone8.4.10

    Their story just... blew me away. I. Loved. It. Talk about ROmantic?! It's so cute the way he never gave up. This has got to be the most adorable wedding/falling in love story I have everrrr heard.

    Oh, yes, and, did I forget to mention? I LOVE YOUR PICTURES!!!!!!!


    Lol.

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