19.5.10

Colin and Amanda (Herrington on the Bay Wedding)

"i found a boy who had a dream
making everyone smile
he was sunshine
i fell over my feet like bricks underwater"
oxygen - colbie caillat
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In preparation for Amanda's wedding, her mom went through all the old little-girl pictures.  Of course her baby looked adorable in each picture, but she had to narrow it down to a few for the slideshow.
"Oooo, this one is a keeper."  Little five-year-old Amanda at Hershey Park, riding in a yellow bumper car, smiling like the dickens.   
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In preparation for Colin's wedding, his mom went through old little-boy-pictures.  Of course her angel looked darling in each picture, but she had to narrow it down to a few for the slideshow.  She came across a sweet picture of five-year-old Collin at Hershey Park, riding in the exact same bumper yellow bumper car, smiling ear-to-ear.  Different time, different trip, and they didn't know each other at all.  But, I guess it was meant to be?  These two have been bumping into each other for way to long, and it's time. They're in love.  They're getting maaaarried!
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As everyone got ready that morning, the feeling in the air was one of a theme park.  Friends and family were all around, girls were giggling, celebration and happiness was almost touchable.  Bright, colorful, smiling - like a little kid in a bumper car.  
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Amanda and her friends laughed about highschool jokes, laughed about Amanda's "spot-on" presents for the girls, laughed about honeymoon jokes.  There was even a pretty major mistake made by someone regarding the linens, and Amanda found out right as I walked in.  She was on the phone, with the teary-bearer-of-bad-linen-news, smiling and consoling her.  "Oh it's fiiiiine! Just use white!  And don't you dare kick yourself about it!" *laughs*

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I think that is one of Amanda's most endearing qualities - her easy, happy enjoyment of life.  Yes, maybe she had a "right" to have the color linens she wants at her wedding.  But why turn sour?  She smiled, she laughed, she enjoyed her day.
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That's rare in this world of "me-monsters."  Amanda is a "you-monster."  She loves to love other people.
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That (besides her ri-DIC-ulously beautiful face) must have been what attracted Colin to her.  How can you not be completely smitten with someone who loves to love?
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She's going to be an incredible wife with that genuine, self-less attitude of hers.  And that gorgeous face. Because, really, how lovely was she?!
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The girls got ready at Amanda's uncle's home - the surroundings were outstanding!
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And the wedding was down on the Chesapeake Bay at Herrington on the Bay.  That's where I met up with Colin.  He and his guys were such gentleman, and also such happy people.  I can't stress enough how much I appreciate and love that.
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Weddings should be friends celebrating with friends, couples celebrating with each other, and families just glowing in the joy of the day.  That's just how it should be, and that's just how it was.
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As the ceremony was beginning, Amanda's nerves kicked in.  Like the butterflies in her stomach were kicking.  The sweet thing was so nervous and needed some best-friend love. 
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And the only thing better then best-friend-love is daddy-love.  He held her, kept her warm and talked with her the last few moments before she became a wife.
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As the music soared, the water murmured, the trees swayed, and guests arose, Amanda took a big breath and said "Ok.Ok.Ooookay. Dad tell me something funny. Ok. Okaaay."  She walked down to the little boy who showed up in the background of her childhood memories and had grown up to be a man - her man.
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And he watched her walk down to him.  He swore he wouldn't cry.  I asked them at the engagement shoot. "Oh no, I'm not a crier."  Well, Colin, I guess she has that effect on you ;)
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His mom cried, and the lady with the hat cried, and maybe I even teared up a little.
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It was a moving moment.
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After the wedding one of Amanda's relatives came up to her, with tears in his eyes and wisdom in his voice, and let her know that "he had never seen someone look at a woman the way Colin looked at her.  At all the weddings I've been to, I've never seen a look quite like that."  Well said. Well said.
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After the ceremony we had plenty of time to roam the property for pictures - and it's these moments where, and I don't meant to sounds stupid or cheesy, but I really feel so alive.  
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It's like the wrapping paper comes off, the stress washes away and beauty shines.  And I DO know how silly that sounds, but I can't explain it.  
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I can't explain what it is like to wander around and spend the first thirty minutes of a marriage with a couple.  I won't be there for most of their life, but I get this little window at the very beginning.
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I don't get a set or a casting-call with models.  I don't get to choose the clothes, or the hair styles, or the time of day anything happens.  I enter their life just as they have it, and I photograph their marriage just as it is: fresh, exciting, joyous, relieving and beautiful.
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I get to watch all the nose-nuzzle's, the thumbs-rubs, the extra tight squeeze right before a hug is let go.  
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I love it.  I love that in 75 years, their grandchildren will get to look back and see how in love Colin and Amanda were.  They get to see how they started their life together.
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You two have started so well - it's almost like a storybook.  People dream of relationships like yours, and I couldn't be more supportive or happy for you.  
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You light up together.  You fit.  You have that "best friends who fell in love" quality.  It's just stunning!
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Thank you for not taking yourselves too seriously, but enjoying each other with all the little quirks.
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Colin, thank you for respecting your lady and for treating her so royally.
Amanda, thank you for being passionate about coming alongside this man and making your lives together.  
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I could have blogged probably 100 pictures, but I have to stop.  So we'll end where the party starts.  The reception was so dear, so tasteful, so wonderful.
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And this was the view from the tent to the right:
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And this straight out the back (not shabby, eh?)
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Colin and Amanda, seriously, congratulations.  I wish you all the best :D  Thank you for having me!

16 comments:

  1. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!!!!! Absolutely AMAZING Kristen!! :D

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  2. Oh my goodness, Kristen! These are fabulous! Some of my favorites. :D

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  3. oh boy, tears in my eyes, I loveeeeeeeeee the stair case shot and all the shots on the boat and the last one and quite a phew in between, I so hope to shoot with you one day! love it

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  4. Kaylee19.5.10

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!!!! Absolutely AMAZING Kristen!! :D

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  5. Oh my goodness, Kristen! These are fabulous! Some of my favorites :D

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  6. Oh my lands, Kristen! Those are fab... amazing... beautiful... so romantic! My word, they're cute! And it fits perfectly with their engagement shoot... wow! You are soo good...

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  7. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. The bride reminds me of Scarlett Johansson.

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  8. Kristen.....My daughter's wedding was so beautiful I thought it was a dream. You are not a photographer but someone that brings memories to life so we can relive this wonderful day over and over again. Thank you for capturing my daughter's love and joy.

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  9. These are beautiful, Kristen. I love them!

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  10. Kristen,
    Your unique style and character made the wedding day so special. Don't ever change! Hugs from Gayle (Mother of the Groom).

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  11. Love, love, LOVE it... and loved second-shooting with you. Colin & Amanda were gems, and you are precious too!!! :D

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  12. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!! :) You rocked it!

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  13. This is absolutely gorgeous. I am getting married here in 2 months and seeing all your gorgeous work, made me really excited.:)

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  14. Hi Happy Kristen! I love how you shot from upstairs while the bride was walking downstairs, and the bridesmaids hand on the brides back, and the boats...oh the boats!! You are awesome! Would love to be friends! ~Lora

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  15. Amanda24.5.10

    I know I've already told you but you are the absolute best! We were thrilled to work with you and experience your gorgeous photography. Collin and I, and our family and friends have been incredibly impressed with you! And we can't wait to see the rest of the pictures! <3 Amanda

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  16. These are incredible. Congrats Colin and Mando!

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