This post feels like it’s been a long time coming and buckle up, because it’s going to be a lengthy one!
2 years before their wedding day was the first time I connected with Christine. She inquired about her date and mentioned that she enjoyed photography, and though it wasn’t until July of 2019 that I officially became her wedding photographer, it was really that time when our relationship really began.
Christine isn’t just one of my brides. Some of you may have even seen her at your own wedding, because since then, she’s evolved into not only one of my best friends, but someone who I’ve been teaching to work alongside me in my business. The amount of similarities we share in a lot of ways is almost a little scary, and a part of me truly believes I’ve found a long lost sister.
Since July 2019, life has been an absolute roller coaster. I don’t think I would have been able to survive many days of the pandemic if I didn’t have Christine there reminding me I would indeed see the other side of things. Being someone who has her own small business herself as a photographer, she’s really been someone I can confide in, cry to, cheer with and share all the wins along with all the tough moments. We’ve texted countless hours on end (sorry Stephen for stealing your girl almost every night for the last year 😜) and the amount of times we are thinking/texting the same exact things at the same exact times is a little wild! She also was one of the only people who knew I had a really hard moment last summer when I thought I finally was having another baby, but it turned out to be a fluke.
Last summer was also when these two were supposed to finally have their day. Learning about who they are, how far they have come together and how long they have waited for this, it was absolutely devastating when we came to the realization that their wedding would have to be postponed. It was hard. I remember sitting on my patio chair last year talking with her and just feeling so helpless. All I wanted to do was tell her what she wanted to hear, but it was hard when we all knew the reality.
So after 10 years and a lot of crazy moments, what was another year? Let me tell you. It was a year full of chaos. Tears. Frustration. Finding a makeup artist and hair stylist to match her Armenian Princess vision and being let down multiple times. It was changing venues and me being the one to actually call her with her second venue and be like “so hey, did your venue call you yet? I just heard some news.” It was running into snags, then getting down to the wire and the stress mounting of all the last minute to-do’s. It was checking the weather over and over, refreshing every day, 40 times a day, to see if the rain would go away.
And you want to know what? The rain cleared, the sun came out and it was an absolutely perfect July wedding. It was one hundred and ten percent worth the wait in my eyes. Seeing them happy… genuinely happy… was really joyful for me. I know the struggles they went through to get here more than I know with most of my couples. And to see them finally on the other side, as husband and wife, will always be special to me.
I kept it together for most of the day. It wasn’t until I saw Stephen and Trent all gussied up and ready to go, that I wanted to check in on my girl one last time. I walked in, saw her… and lost it. I tried so hard not to be that person that made the bride tear up, but it will always be a moment that I will be thankful to have had. I saw the mess she went through the last year dealing with all the changes, and then to see her finally standing there in her beautiful dress all ready to go… it really, truly got me.
The way Stephen watched her all night, the beautiful speech their son gave, the sweet sass Rowan had, and the pure look of happiness on her face just made for a perfect day. The vision of the day was ten times better than I ever envisioned, and every single thing came together so beautifully.
Stephen and Christine, thank you for being more than just a couple of mine. Thank you for being two incredible friends who I have come to love a great deal. I couldn’t have hoped for a more magical day for you both, and I hope that the next decade will be just as special as the last. And to Stephen specifically — thank you for sharing your wife with me!! I know I’ve stolen many late nights from you two with her and I texting like chatty teenagers but I promise to cut back in the future 😜
I love you four ❤️❤️!!!!!
Florist: Bonnie Lemieux from Appleblossoms
Cake/Dessert: Francesco’s Italian Bakery
DJ/Band: DJ Phou
Hair & Makeup: Christy & Co. – Makeup Artistry & Bridal Hair Design
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal
Flower Girl Dress: JJ House
Bridal Shoes: David’s Bridal
Jewelry/Rings: Kay Jewelers
Groom’s Suit & Shoes: Bonardi’s Formalwear, Inc.
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