their relationship is one of my favorites. dating long-distance is never easy or asked for, but these two fought for the love they knew was theirs. i'm so thankful to see these two reach this milestone, and i can't wait to be there to capture the next :)
two years ago, we donned our caps and gowns and walked down the aisle to pomp and circumstance. with a class of 22 young adults. (you might be a homeschooler if...) the air conditioner had broken, we were dripping sweat, a giant hairy bug crawled up our seats while we were sitting on stage in front of 500+ people and we didn't even scream.
with an iced caramel macchiato + extra caramel and hazelnut in my cup
dispenser (hand delivered with a kiss at 6:30am by my personal starbucks
barista), i set off on the hour and a half drive to columbus, ohio.
page xvi + amy seeley playing and cruise control set at 80mph. up to
this point, i didn't know anything about the wedding. i didn't know
what it was going to look like, i didn't know how many were in the
bridal party, i didn't know what the venue was like, nothing. nada.
zilch. i just knew that this was going to be one of the best weddings
of all time, and i was the one getting to photograph it.
and so it went. the tying of strings, writing of signs,
moving and setting up of decorations, assembly of backdrops and chairs
and tables, welcoming of friends and family, cleaning and prepping of
tiki lamps and lanterns, spilling of rainwater from the tent roofs, watching of adorable
babies, driving of gators and vans, drying of tables and seats, moving
of flowers, assembly of bouquets, and taping of tablecloths to tables.
you know, all of the things that you normally do before the wedding of a
far, no rain. so far, the forecast still said rain. so far, we were
still praying. the girls got ready. we went outside to take photos.
it started sprinkling. very gently, but enough to make the girls with
hair and makeup freshly done run back inside. so i instead went over to
photograph the guys. all eighteen of them.
stunning beyond belief, sweet,
sincere, charming, soft-spoken, and unafraid to be honest and heard.
not to mention, she (and her sister, whom you will also meet below!)
could be in a shampoo commercial without any editing. holy cow their
hair is to die for. you've been warned: it was a windy day...so hair +
wind = lots of awesome windy hair-blowing pictures.
our afternoon consisted of a winter coat worn by yours truly (do not let the sun + leaves on trees be
deceiving), moriah stepping into snapping-turtle infested (okay so
probably not infested) waters for "just the right picture" (suggested by
her ever-loyal sister), changing in the middle of the park in broad
daylight (mom approved!), awkwardly waiting for the HUNDRED MILLION
other seniors that were getting their photos done on the same day,
posing in front of park-goers, and pretending to be a ballerina. (she
did take dance for a little while, she said. so it wasn't totally fake. promise.)
you wouldn't believe it now if you knew her, but caitlin used to be the most timid person on the entire face of the earth. as in, i'm-going-to-break-out-in-tears-if-you-look-at-me kind of timid. or, she-will-never-have-a-social-life kind of timid.
boy oh boy she's not like that now. she's gone to israel for a month to dance with an international team of dancers for the feast of tabernacles. she's danced with the gem city ballet. she has a job answering emails and phone calls all day with people she doesn't know. (what a thought!) she rocks any type of outfit like none other. including the pixie cut. she's not afraid of anything. except needles.