Josh + Brielle | Linganore Winery Wedding

“part of me is made of glass, and also,
i love you.”
nicole krauss

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Summer sun makes promises.  Especially promises about love.  Brielle spent a summer day and night at a beautiful vineyard reception.  Wine! Dancing! Cheer!  Maybe he liked her.  Maybe he definitely liked her.  She left that wedding a summer or so ago frustrated ("Is he going to ask me out? Or do I need to get over this?") and ardent ("I want him to ask me out.  I don't want to get over this.")  The summer sun set. Photobucket
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With the capacity of an entire team, a young Brielle has been administrating at her large church for years (yearssss) now.  She isn't just "good for her age."  She's good.  AND she's her age.  It's hard to walk into that building and not see a little blonde-bun-ned, walkie-talking and power-walking Brielle.  Her capable ability is a genius match to her blunt, radical, sharp, independent personality.  She is a think-a-head-er.  She's a do-er.  She thinks of the problems before they arise, and prepares for solutions before they are needed.  Brielle is not an airhead or ditzy blonde.  Though she be little, she be fierce!  She is not a drizzly, naive, "tender", or high-maintence.  I would be willing to bet that she's heard the phrase "you seem so much older than you really are!" weekly throughout her life.  I love her Brielle-tough-ness, her confidence, her crazy great sense of humor, her strong beauty.
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I remember when Josh "first came to town."  He started teaching at the church's Christian school.  He was fresh out of college, energetic, consistently involved (in everything), and... single.  I was sure he'd pick one of the many pretty, available faces and get married within six months.  I was wrong.  Josh really invested himself in the roles God put before him.  Summer camps.  Sound booth.  Classroom.  Wrestling coach.  Church meetings.  It was a joke around there that Josh had a secret bedroom in the church scaffolding ;) "Does he ever leave?"  He, in particular, has spent great amount of time and life with the youngins.  The respect and friendship the kids share with him is undeniable.  But that great quality could sure be confusing when you're a younger girl... who likes him!
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And yet, even though it maybe took him a *little* too long, Brielle found out that her crush was not an unrequited one.  And there was indeed something more between them.  "From time to time, when a piece of music no one has ever written or a painting no one has ever painted, or something else impossible to predict, fathom or yet describe takes place, like falling in love, a new feeling enters the world. And then, for the millionth time in the history of feeling, the heart surges and absorbs the impact.” They fell in love.  And last summer, he proposed in the church auditorium... where they have spent so many years of life together.  This winter, they married in that same church.  A legacy of giving, loving and pouring out themselves together continues and also begins.  Photobucket
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This was during the worship song... they weren't really singing ;) But they had some cute jokes for each other.
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But, here's what I love.  Mr. Slow-Mover-Hard-Thinker-Teacher and Miss In-Charge-and-Super-Mature become so... kiddish when they are together.  I watched Brielle all morning and just thought "She seems so grown-up."  And then I watched Brielle in a chilly field with him and I thought "Wow, she seems like such a little girl."
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Beautiful, yes.  Adult, yes. But the whole energy and environment changed.  Not only was she more relaxed, but she seemed completely carefree.  It was a side to her that I've personally never seen quite that way and also so enjoyed.  And Josh.  Josh was crazy over her.  I had a hard time getting them to stop talking and joking to take pictures... which is a dream come true, in my book.
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After celebrating with (what seemed like) the entire church and school, the evening crowd drove over to nearby Linganore Winery - ironically enough, the same winery she emotionally fumbled at that one not too far-gone summer.  With new rings on their hands and surrounded by the people they have loved on - for years - there was jubilee and partying for them.
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The dance floor never (not once.) slowed down for over two hours.  Who was out there, keeping their kicks in the air?  Mostly Josh's students... plus many good friends and dear family.  It was certainly one of the longest, loudest, fastest, constant-est parties I've ever been to :)  Hoards of high-schoolers should come to every wedding!
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Happy wedding day, you two kids.  Enjoy your Cancun summer sun, and all the promises you're reminded of while you're under it :)

ps. special special thanks to lydia jane for second-shooting with me + for a number of her lovely images used in this post :)

Comments

  1. oh wow, kristen.

    I think this is truly your best wedding yet. art in every season. beauty in the whole of the word. stories in every image. this is some of the most beautiful storytelling I've ever seen. and the images aren't snapshots. they're intentional and incredible and insanely stunning. the way you see the world is truly inspiring, lady. you are wonderfully blessed, wonderfully talented.

    I cried a little looking at these.

    wow. truly, in awe here.

    :)

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  2. Wow, your storytelling ablitites are amazing as are your amazing photo skills :)

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  3. Kristen, these photos are beautiful. I'm relatively new to your blog & the stories you are telling here, but like Hannah I definitely think these are your best yet. Not only is the love they have for each other so obvious in these photos, but the love they have for their family and friends and life is present here. Somehow, you have managed to do something that I haven't seen with any other wedding photographers; their life is here, their future marriage is here. Their stories past and present. Not just their wedding day.
    Basically, these are beautiful and I'm crying right now.

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  4. I love the seamless transition from black & white to color... seems like a small thing.. but your style gives me permission to "break the rules" in how I blog. I don't know where the blogging photography rules came from, but I'm excited for the new year and doing things differently. Not quite like you, cuz you know, there's just one you. ;) But definitely more like me. :D

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  5. oh, these are incredible! so beautiful, so full of their evident love, and an amazing portrayal of their story. i loved the way you told their story, and the way you described them together! you are such an inspiration to me! all i can really say is that these are beautiful and stunning photos! :)

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  6. your best. most certainly your best. the light, the emotions captured., the story. everything. really good job.

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  7. Stunning.
    I love the expressions on Margaret in the background of so many of these. What a happy happy day!

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  8. These are some of the best bridal portraits I have ever seen. What depth of emotion! You have a gift.

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  9. I'm just sitting here with my jaw ON THE GROUND. Kristen, this is so good. SO GOOD. wow.

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  10. the bridal portraits are so so sooo amazing. and the few shots of the bride and her girls behind the glass door are so creative! i always love your work!

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  11. i don't know what to say. i don't know if i should say anything profound or tell you to write a book or anything like that. all i know is that i'm just simply in awe of the way you tell a story, and of the pictures you paint (even without the help of your photos) with your words. the couple is beautiful. the way you shoot weddings is beautiful, and the way you captured her giddiness around him was priceless.

    you should shoot my wedding (when i'm old enough to get married, that is).
    really though, these are good.
    #brbcrying

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  12. I love the way you tell their story. With words and photos, it's really a beautiful combination, and your love of love really shows. :)

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  13. this is honestly one of the most beautiful wedding shoots i have ever seen. perfection. x

    ( the alcove )

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  14. Kristen, i've looked at this post so many times now. These are truly remarkable. They're not just pictures in the right light with a great pose, but you captured their life and their day in such an artistic and incredible way. It inspires, challenges, and blows me away as a photographer. AND you did it all while pregnant? God has blessed you dear one.

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  15. Anonymous8.1.13

    Kristen : I knew you before you were born and prayed for you many times back in 1992 in Utah. I look at these photos of your wedding and just smile at the blessing that you are. God is so good. May he continue to richly bless you. Sincerely, John R - friend of Steph.

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  16. such a beautiful wedding, and even more beautiful love between brielle and josh. you did splendid, and i'm in awe.

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  17. I dream of one day having someone tell my story as well as you tell stories, Kristen. You immediately draw me in and make me fall in love with every couple/family/person you post about. Such a talent, you are.

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  18. you captured this day so beautifully.
    much love,
    rachel

    www.rbanek.blogspot.ca

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