28.5.10

Rich + Stephanie {Morningside Inn Wedding}

i'm in love with how you feel,
i don't see what anyone could see
in anyone else
but you
the moldy peaches

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The day I met them was just like they day they were going to get married.  Peaceful sky and bubbly sun, it was magnificent.  And the weather was the least beautiful thing on both days.
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I walked into the small Frederick cafe, and two little heads were in the back waiting for me.  Both were laughing at Rich's previous witty comment.  Before I even sat down they filled me in on the joke, so I could laugh too.  It was funny and I did laugh.  Following the laugh, I thought "Oh I hope they book me.  I want to see these two get married."

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Stephanie, according to Rich, is "ridiculously funny and just enough of a geek to be exciting and attractive."  In their contract, he repeated over and over how she has such an enormous heart with a "patience and warmth that can't be learned."  So well said.
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It had been almost a year since I had since Stephanie, but I walked into a friend's bridal room when I arrived - at least that is how it felt.  I felt like she was excited to see me - genuinely excited, not like "it's 2:00 and I'm paying for you to be here so get working."  Stephanie is just lovely.
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She is a highly-detailed woman, who knows what works and what doesn't - but she doesn't have that high-strung, strict personality.  I don't how she folds the two together like she does.
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(Yeah. Look at her.  Gracious.)
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I mean, Stephanie, not to be weird... but you looked like an angel.  SO gorgeous.
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And so smiling.  Thank you for smiling during your wedding. 
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Um, yeah.  Her flowers?!?! Can I EAT them? They were delicious, perfect and so Stephanie.



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When Rich was getting ready to propose to Stephanie, he wanted to plan a leisurely romantic dinner in their small town, where he hoped to recreate their first kiss.

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He knew that his girlfriend had become his best friend, and it was time to make her his forever friend.
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Buuut, timing wasn't exactly on his side.  Moving, stressful work and unclassy St. Patty's Day college kids threatened to ruin his proposal.  Or at least make it kind of awkward, he thought.
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Plans have a way of never working out.  Like Sondre Lerche says "You better be prepared to be surprised, that's all I know."  Plans changed and Rich writes:
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"So instead, it was a Tuesday night. We ate leftovers, we drank Smithwick’s, and we watched The Biggest Loser. It was the greatest night of my life."
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Let's take this second to pause and meet Rich.
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Rich is brilliant.  Rich is tender.  Rich is talented.
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And Rich is just mad about Stephanie.  She drives him wild and it's written all over his face.  The poor guy doesn't have a chance, because when she looks at him, he's gone.  Cheeks are red, hands are quivering, eyes are sparkling - hey, the man is in love!
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Their first look was adorable.
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And I love that he high-fived her!  Lovers, and best friends. Perfect.
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We ran around gorgeous Morningside Inn to take all the "formals" in the dreamy light.
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HOT couple ALert! Wooo--e-oooo weee-ooo-ee!
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I'm going to let the pictures do the talking.  It was amazing. They look amazing. They are amazing. Yeah. Amazing.
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Stephanie walked down the aisle to string-set written by her man.  Yeah, he's a lawyer, he writes music, he sweeps girls off their feet... He's a keeper, Steph ;)
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One of my favorite parts of their whole day was the "Emergency Box." Stephanie's uncle made it and they closed it during the ceremony.  The idea is that they close this box, with wine, glasses and love letters (as well as letters of advice from their parents) and if they ever get to "breaking point" or the "I feel like I can't do this anymore point" they are suppose to clear their night, open the box and enjoy it together.  If they never need it after 10 years, they will celebrate on their anniversary by opening and writing new letters to open on their 20th anniversary.  Romantic, huh?
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Kisses are romantic!
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And happy husbands and wives are romantic!
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Ok, I'm running out of time so I have to rush through the end.  But golly cheese, how CUTE was their reception?  Everything was perfect.
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At the end of the night, I noticed Steph and Rich having one of those "You are the only one I see and the rest of the world is a haze" moments.
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After hosting their guests all night, they were just so captured with each other.
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We went outside to take a little breather.  I thought it was so perfect.  They sighed and laughed.
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They danced and talked.  As I watched them I thought about them doing this in 50 years.  When he has a hearing aid and she has wrinkles.  It will be beautiful.

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Congratulations you two!

27.5.10

Nick and Beth {Adams Morgan Anniversary Shoot}

"But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me"
taylor swift
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It was my second day "interning" with Sarah Barlow in a suburb outside Chicago.  Her other intern slash friend was on her way over, and I was excited to meet her. Her was Beth. Beth Laurren Photography. Yay! 
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She arrived loudly, she stayed loudly and she left loudly.  Beth is tall, stunning and most "noticeable" by her fabulous curly hair.  I noddded and blinked - tossing in occasional smiles - as she introduced her self and told stories about her day.  She flipped open her computer to get directions to lunch, and I saw the background picture on her screen.  A cute, tall man with his arms wrapped around Beth's. "Hmmmmm. Dare I interrupt her?"
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I couldn't help but ask about boy-girl happenings. I had to know."Who is that?" I pointed.  Beth spun around in her chair "What! Who? That?" Instantly she slowed down when she looked at the picture.  It was decorated with various desktop folders and computer icons, but the picture took her to another place.  A place where being folded in his arms leaves her speechless. 
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She honestly stopped talking for a good few moments.  I kinda felt bad "Uh oh... maybe I shouldn't have said that."  But that was interrupted when she oozed "Ooooh... that is Nick. I love him.  I love Nick.  This picture is from our trip to Hawaii. I miss him.  I love him."  She kept her eyes on their picture and my heart skipped a beat.  "Ok, that's adorable."
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The rest of my trip to Chicago - at least whenever Beth was involved - always included some kind of "Nick story."  I heard alllLLLll about Nick.  I remember one time after Beth left I said out loud "Oh my gosh, she is crazy about him.  She does not shut up about Nick!"  Sarah and I laughed, but I promise I wasn't mocking.  I was more amazed.  I hadn't heard someone talk like that about her boyfriend before!
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A few months after I went home I got THE text.  Nick and Beth were engaged.  Eleven weeks later they were married.  It's been two years of "amazing" according to them.  They love being married and they love being together.
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They still live in Chicago, but were visiting some friends and family in my area, so we had to do an anniversary shoot. HAD to.  For almost three years I've been hearing about this Nick and had never met him.  Beth wasn't lying. 
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He is wonderful.  I asked him how married life was "Wonderful.  I love it.  It's the best thing I've ever done."  "Beth is crazy about you," I told him.  His eyebrows raised "Well, I am absolutely crazy about her."
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I love that despite the hard work, the boring days, the annoying jobs, the petty fights people can still feel so in love.  I hope and pray that their love deepens and shocks them every year. 

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Keep loving each other as hard as you do - it is SO special to see :D
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And laugh and play a lot.  Because that's fun!
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Kiss each other lots and lots! 
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And come visit again soon, you two love birds ;)

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