I first met with Sara and Peter a little over a year ago when we got together in Lititz to photograph their engagement session. From the start, I immediately saw how well they fit together and simply belonged with one another. They’ve been friends almost their entire lives, living down the street from one another from the time they were young. One of the really remarkable things that Sara told me was that each of them remember telling someone close to them way in the past that the two of them would marry each other some day.
Talking with them before the wedding, I knew that there was an issue that was going to make the day a little bittersweet for them – Sara’s brother is serving our country in Afganistan and wouldn’t be able to be present for the wedding. Many times, we don’t necessarily value images as much in the immediate timeframe as we do in later years…however, in this case – where a loved one must be away, it really drives home how important these images are right now since it will be Sara’s brother’s only way to see everything that happened at his sister’s wedding.
In the days leading up to the wedding, Sara’s dad was admitted to the hospital for emergency surgery and they weren’t certain if he would be well enough to be at the wedding either. Let me tell you, if there’s reason for someone to turn into a bridezilla, certainly this would have been one of those times. But, while her dad may have been pretty uncomfortable, luckily he was able to walk her down the aisle to Peter.
As for the day itself – it was beautiful – it rained a bit as I headed to begin the day, but it cleared up and was lovely for them the rest of the day. The warmth of everyone was wonderful and the day was filled with amazing family and friends.
And I’ve babbled on long enough – time to get to a few photos.
I started the day with Peter – he was getting ready at his parent’s house. Even though men do far less than women to get ready, I enjoy the opportunity to get to hang out with them for a while when possible.
From there, I went over to see Sara as she got ready. I love that she had her jewelry and details a placed nicely, ready for me to photograph. The little heart pin was Sara’s grandma’s and she placed it on the ribbon of her bouquet.
Both Sara and Peter are involved in karate, and the room that Sara was getting ready in had a lovely Asian influence – I spotted this book (very loosely, tao te ching means “the path”) and I thought that it was fitting to photograph the shoes with it.
Just love the way that Peter was looking at Sara here during the ceremony – it’s as if no one else in the world exists.
This brought tears to my eyes – during the sign of peace, Sara went to hug her grand-dad…what beautiful emotion filled seconds…these are the type of moments that make my job so rewarding. So many times, due to the location of guests, my ability to get really great photos during the sign of peace is hindered – I’m especially happy to have captured these images.
Everyone in the wedding party wore pins in honor of Sara’s brother, Matthew, who is serving our country with the National Guard in Afghanistan.
How very tiring it is to be a flower girl. When we went back to Sara and Peter’s house between the ceremony and the reception, she took a nap curled up on Sara’s lap.
Sara and Peter’s newest addition to their family – look at those eyes. Isn’t he beautiful?
I have a lot of loving photos of the two of them, but think this is cute because it shows that they have a lot of fun together too.
The grounds at Genetti’s were lovely and we had a great time taking photos in a few different locations.
This just makes me smile every time I see it…love the energy of this little boy as he springs in the air while dancing!
Church: Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church; Freeland, PA
Reception: Genetti’s; Hazleton, PA
Bakery: Pamkakes; McAdoo, PA
Florist: Smith Floral; Hazleton, PA
Flowers used: hydrangea, stephanotis
Colors: black, white, pink