Unforgettable in every way...
I'll never forget these two and their wedding day for so many reasons. For starters, we met for the first time at a Starbucks 2-weeks before their wedding day. Yes, 2-weeks! Becky and Beth had planned a small wedding celebration and initially weren't sure they wanted to hire a professional photographer, but after a little convincing by friends and family (and a nice referral from one of my loyal clients who happens to work with Becky) I got an email. We met, hit it off within minutes, and they were officially on my books as my first wedding clients of 2016!
As I got to know the couple over the 2-weeks leading up to their day, I couldn't have been more blessed to work with such a cool couple that showed so much kindness, love, and trust in such a short period of time. And it didn’t end with them…both of their families provided the same warmth towards me the day of. It was as if I had known everyone all my life.
We started off their wedding day at sunset with family and couple formal pics down along the Lake Washington waterfront in Bellevue. It was brisk, but the sunset that day was nothing short of magical.
After losing all day light, we headed to the wedding site which was at the home of Becky's brother who lives up the street from the lake. As Beth and Becky greeted all of their closest friends and family at the door with hugs, I couldn't help myself from getting the feels. You could feel and see the emotion in their eyes at their happiness and gratefulness for each of their guest's presence that day.
The ceremony and reception were filled with tons of laughter and tears of happiness. Becky's brother, Randy, served as their officiant while his wife Kelly and other family members of both sides pitched in to coordinate the ceremony and reception. I'm huge on family and love it when you see a family come together like this -- two families at that!
During the ceremony, Becky and Beth took turns reading vows. I was especially drawn to Beth's vows as she read a letter that she wrote to Becky describing her feelings for her four years ago. -I could picture myself doing something sentimental like that, had I read my own vows at my wedding. I had to dry my eyes more than once during their nuptials and hope that I didn't miss a photo opportunity.
After the "I do's" had been exchanged, and a few drinks and delicious appetizers had been enjoyed, all of the guests found themselves on the dance floor busting a move to the best beats of the 90s. It was so much fun to watch everyone whip out their best running man, C-walk, and twerk…yes, twerk. And it wasn't just the "youngins' that were twerking. This group was F-U-N and everyone gave their 110% to make sure to make it the most memorable day for Becky and Beth.
As the night went on I found myself not wanting it to end. I'm sure the happy couple and their guests felt the same way. In fact, when I got home my cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing so much. Usually, it's my feet or back from standing all day.
To Becky and Beth, I can't thank you enough for letting me into your lives on your wedding day. Your wedding day was so much fun and I remember it like it was yesterday. Your immediate trust in me to capture your special day helped to set the path for all of my success in 2016 and for that I am forever grateful for you!!
Congrats on your 1-year anniversary earlier this week and cheers to many more!