Yesterday I headed out the door into a downpour with slippery high heels on and Jackson’s rainbow umbrella. I was already late but somehow I got stuck behind every slow person that was on the road, AND my gas light was on. I was about 10 minutes away from the church when I should have been parking. It was pouring.
Funny thing about all that was I didn’t notice like I usually do – (read::: get stressed out!) I was wandering down ‘memory lane’ thinking back (too many!) years to our college days. I was thinking back to the late night dance parties – the countless nights of beer pong – the zorn dining commons where very few items were ‘safe’ to eat .. but most of all I was thinking back to one of the sweetest girls I ever met at Keene State College —- Kristen. We hit it off as soon as we met and when we realized we lived only a half hour apart when we were home from school, our friendship just got stronger over breaks, weekends and holidays.
Between having to park our cars in the lot off campus and walking back together – to sitting on the grass at ‘temptation bushnell’ we were always laughing. dancing. loving. living. Those are the things that college memories are made of. Those are the times I will never forget. Those are the times I was reliving in my head as I was delayed getting to the ceremony. So all those things that made me 2 mintues late (not bad, eh!?) were okay with me – I was enjoying those memories…
So anyways, I parked the ‘loser crusier’ and raced into the church – I was just in time to see Kristen step onto the alter to meet her soon-to-be husband Brenden. Whew. Made it. I was so honored to be there. I snuck in the back row and sat at the end of the pew so I could see their faces. I was so happy to stand by them as they started their life together with Gods blessing. To be one of their friends to life them up and say how proud I was to watch them get married. An honor. As I feel it is at every wedding I go to — even as a photographer!
After a beautiful ceremony the Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy were welcomed by all their loved ones!
It was onto the reception and since the only people I knew were the Bride and Groom and three of the bridesmaids – I was hanging out with myself for a few moments. But one of the bridesmaids – Tiffany – another beautiful friend from college — Her soon to-be- Mother-in-Law started chatting with me during the cocktail hour and graciously took me under her wing with her husband and her daughter Heather. We chatted about friendship, photography, family, children. The important things in life. It struck me as we talked how amazing it is that we are all so very different, yet the things that are important in our heart are always the same. Love is such a blessing. Before we knew it the reception was starting — we had a blast! I would expect nothing less at the wedding of my girl!
It was so fun to enjoy the wedding reception – meet new awesome people – and get to snap some shots for fun! I think its so fun to capture moments for friends that you know will mean something – especially when they think nobody is watching! So here were a few from the reception.. (- KMM – more to come later…)
<3 – Kristen and Brenden — I am so happy for you. I know you had some rain on your wedding day but as believed if it rain on your wedding day its supposed to be good luck because a wet knot is harder to untie! So here is to your blessed marriage. And here is to our blessed friendship.
P.S. TABLE 13 – TABLE 13!!!! 🙂
Love you both!! xooxox