27.6.11

Sam + Emily {Lakeside Engagement Shoot}

in the misty morning fog with
our hearts a thumpin' and you
my brown eyed girl
van morrison | brown eyed girl
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Sam and Emily.
Oh Sam and Emily.
Can I just say how FUN it is that my friends are falling in love and getting married?
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It's the best.
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Sam and I have been loooooong time friends.
Our mothers met when they were pregnant with us,
and in summer 1989 we were both born.
He was my first "friend" and he's been more like a local cousin to me.
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When we finished highschool,
Sam headed up north to further his education in a cold, "middle of nowhere" Michigan college called Hillsdale.
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All of us teased him:
"You KNOW you are going to go up there and meet a girl.
Probably a stupid blonde.
Hahahahah!"
We all knew that was funny, because Sam is very smart.
Very hard-working.
Very quality.
And definitely not shallow ;)
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By summer 2009, Sam had indeed gone up there and met a girl.
A girl named Emily.
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On his summer break he brought her by for a quick trip in Maryland.
We all loved her.
And her homemade Strawberry Shortcake.
And her sweet yet witty, gentle but firm personality.
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And Sam was clearly taken with her ;)
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They spent the summer writing letters,
missing each other,
and waiting for school to start again in the fall.
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That whole year passed and their friendship grew,
but you know how it goes...
Sometimes guys need to take that big step from "boy" to "man"
and sometimes that means hard decisions.
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God had good plans for Sam and Emily,
and part of that plan was a summer 2010 break-up.
That was was filled with no letter writing,
missing each other,
waiting for school to start again in the fall,
AND growing up.
For both of them.
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And God took care of the rest.
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Shortly after returning to school,
these two were inseparable.
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Praise the Lord.
Cause if Sam had let Emily go,
I would have kicked him in the shins.
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Emily, I'm so amazed at how perfectly hand-picked you are for Sam.
He needs you - not in a fluffy, dumb way.
But he really does.
He needs your help, your character and your love.
You're so wonderful for him.
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 And Sam,
you have been a true friend for so long.
You are trustworthy, kind and ambitious.
I know Emily will be loved deeply for the rest of her life.
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I'm so happy for you both.
Beside myself kind of happy.
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Their engagement shoot happened at Sam's childhood vacation lake up in the mountains.
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His father proposed to his mother on the banks of the exact same lake years ago.
His grandparents own a darling blue home right off the lake,
where Sam has gone his whole life.
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'It's one of those towns that has stood still.
Everybody knows everybody.
There aren't house numbers, just house names.
There is no cell-phone service.
It's perfect.
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And out on the water,
in this old beautiful boat,
Sam asked Emily to marry him.
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Gotta hand it to you, mister, you did good ;)
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And the best is yet to come.
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Congratulations Sam + Emily!

14.6.11

Love and All It's Stages {Personal}

"give me something fun to do,
like a life of loving you."
brooke fraser | something in the water
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"I truly do wonder what in the world
it was we thought we had when we married.

I suppose it was a love, of sorts.

But when I compare it to what we share now,
I guess it was a bit immature.

Or just a different season in our lives.
Kind of like the tree in winter or fall,
as opposed to the tree full of blossoms and fruit in spring.

So, yes, it was love.
It was love at it's beginning.

And I guess what we have now is
love in the middle.

Which makes me marvel imagining
what love will be like in the end."
alyssa welch

I have this quote on my website, and I come back to it weekly.
It's exactlyexactlyexactly what I want my business to be.

Meeting, learning, listening to, photographing, be-friending those in love
in the beginning,
in the middle,
and at the end.

Maybe not so much a wedding photographer.
A love photographer?

I like that.

9.6.11

Matt + Megan {Delaware Beach Wedding}

if you were a castle, i'd be your moat,
and if you were an ocean, i'd learn to float

barry loius polisar | all i want is you
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After Mike + Jocelyn's backyard semi-retro art-ful wedding in Indiana, PA,
my little team and I drove through the night to Lewes, DE for Matt + Megan's wedding.
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I've been looking forward to this wedding since the moment a I heard about it.
First of all, it's at the beach.
'Nuff said.
Us "DC-area photographers" don't get to do a whole lot of beach shooting,
so it's quite fun when it happens ;)
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I remember meeting Megan on a whirlwind winter weekend,
where I had four or so bride-consultations in 24 hours.
She was one I especially hoped would book me ;)
She's great.
Smart, funny, classy.
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Detail-oriented, yet fun.
Sharp, yet playful.
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When I arrived to the girls room, it took me a while to get started shooting
cause I was just admiring the view.
Don't judge me.
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But after a few dance moves, funny conversations, and un-blog-able pictures
I was shooting away ;)
Megan.is.awesome.
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I'll repeat this a few times in the post,
but one of the things I most appreciated about Matt and Megan was how much they enjoyed their wedding.
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They should teach a class on how to focus on what a WEDDING really is about.
And how to peacefully, happily and joyfully enjoy the day.
Even if little things don't go right.
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They had the ba-rilllliant idea of renting a beach house for the week with their families,
then actually have the wedding there.
The house was stunning and I adored their taste in decor.
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This room was where guests entered to wait for the ceremony,
and also where they cocktail-ed afterwards.
Dreamy, huh?
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I want both of their dresses, please.
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Matt and Megan met over 8 years ago in Spain,
on school trips.
Megan was dating someone else,
and Matt was as sweet, genuine and kind as ever.
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So there was no "stealing away from the current boyfriend."
Or causing drama on a trip of a lifetime.
No, they became friends.
That was it.
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And as Megan's current relationship ended on it's own,
her good friend Matt was on her mind.
Frequently.
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And, well, the rest is history :D
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Through years of traveling, learning, growing, enjoying and loving
these two have become the best of friends and the greatest of lovers.
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Throughout the day I heard the phrase "Finally!!!" repeated often.
Though this marriage has been looooong in coming,
it felt no less sweet, passionate or precious.
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In fact, these two have a selfless comfort level that I think many couples don't.
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While Matt is slightly more on the quiet side,
he's fiercely loyal and mature.
And just plain sweet.
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And Megan is the crazy wild-side.
The salsa to the chips.
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"He is incredibly in tune to who I am,
and the perfect balance to my (sometimes) crazy."

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"He is my best friend,
and my favorite person.
And I get to marry him."

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"Megan is the best person I have ever met."
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"She is nice to everyone,
sweet,
caring,
happy,
pretty,
really smart,
hard-working,
fun to hang out with.
I love all those things about her."

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"We have had an incredible journey together..."
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"...meeting in Spain,
living together for four years in San Francisco,
backpacking for a month in Mexico,
surfing in Barbados,
and palling around DC together for the past four years."

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"Finally" resulting in an oceanside wedding in Delaware.
Because they love each other a whole whole lot.

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A reading from their wedding from The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
(it's worth it to read it):
"Leaves swirl through the air,
pumpkins ripen,
and geese take flight.
But one lone yellow leaf clings to its branch and thinks, Not yet."

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"Not yet, as the harvest moon blooms amber in the starry sky."
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"Not yet, as the nights grow long.
"Not yet, when there's a dusting of snow."
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"Then, high on an icy branch, there is a flash of scarlet
-- another leaf is still holding tight."

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 "Will you? Little Scarlet Leaf asks.
I will! says Little Yellow Leaf."

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"And one, two, three!
They let go!
And soared."

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Now, let me say what I said earlier:
Matt and Megan enjoyed their day so much.
It wasn't past them that was a celebration of their marriage, their relationship.
They did such a good job of enjoying the day together.

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Right after the ceremony the ran into the house and sat in the window seat,
and talked.
And hugged.
And enjoyed being together like it was any other day.
They took their time, and they beamed.

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Meanwhile, a pretty fantastic reception awaited.
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I may or may not steal this idea one day... homemade placemats!
I love it!

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"We had a wonderful Fall weekend together -
going to a farm party in Virginia with family and friends,
including eating, drinking, fishing,
a bluegrass band,
a shooting range
and camping under the stars,
with a stop at Ihop (our favorite) for breakfast on the day home."


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"After a cozy afternoon,
Matt suggested we have a picnic in the park for dinner.
 He thought he’d bring his guitar."
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and after a a picnic of cheeses, salami, bread and olives,
Matt pulled out  a guitar and starting singing a song he had written for me
and he proposed!
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"So we want this to feel like a big backyard picnic or party.
We are not into unnecessary formality, so no need for ties and whatnot.  
We want it to be authentic and personal and nature-based. 
The appetizers will be similar to the meal that we got engaged over,
and the meal will be barbeque."

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"Ipod for music, and a latenight bonfire on the beach with smores.
No need for fancy, just want to have fun with our people!"


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They get it.
They get how important relationships are.
Their relationship with each other,
with their families,
with their friends.
It's important, and it's so clear that Matt and Megan cherish those.

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The sunset was just incredible.
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And look who I found enjoying it ;)
Taking a second just to sit together,
watch the birds fly,
sun hide,
and be together.
Blissful.

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Back at the party-tent,
guests were hopping and everyone was out of a Summer J. Crew dreamworld.
HEART HEART HEART.

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And if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you might have heard about the giant Chipwich.
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Two of their friends made it
(and it was delicious!)
but they also had a chipwich bar for the rest of the guests.
A handful of friend brought a few dozen of "their specialty cookie" for everyone to make their own mini chipwich.

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Good times were had by all :D
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Matt and Megan, congratulations and thank you for welcoming me into your amazing day.