1032.4 miles of highway laid before us. And this was just the first stretch of our first ever family road trip to visit my husband’s side of the family for a quick visit in Pittsburgh, then another 185.3 miles to Natalie & Tony’s wedding in Columbus, OH. And it was worth every second in the car to be there. I adore watching my family love on my boy and man did he soak up the attention. It was great to just hang out, relax and enjoy each others company. I mean, isn’t that what vacation is all about? While I brought my camera, I did my best to just be in the moment and only brought it out for extra special occasions.
Even though I wasn’t the official wedding photographer (trust me, this was not an easy decision), I asked Natalie if she wanted me to bring my camera to the wedding. Her response ‘if you see something that would make a good picture, then take it.’ This still makes me giggle till this day. You, Natalie, who is the rough and tough, get dirty, plays hard and works harder woman is slipping into one gorgeous dress, hair and make up done perfectly and the most precious jewels around your neck. And you think there might be a good photo to capture? Um, HELLO! Everything about this day is picture taking worthy…but I wasn’t the official photographer. I was not about to be that ‘guest photographer’ and interrupt or cause any issues throughout the day.
With my camera and a few lenses (I mean c’mon…do you know me?) in tow, I took a few of my in-laws before the wedding started then took my seat respectfully as the guests started to pile in. With my long lens on, I anxiously awaited for the ceremony to begin. Looking around, I spotted a few areas I thought I could shoot without being an interruption. Decision time. Everything was about to start, I looked to my father-in-law and said, I’m sorry but can you keep an eye on Nick…I’ll be right back. I had FULL intentions of snapping off a few, then returning to my seat. Yep, didn’t happen. I did my best for everyone to not notice me moving around. At one point during the ceremony, the minister (which happens to be my amazing Pappy) asked for anyone in the audience married to look at their significant other and tell them how much they love them. I immediately spot Jason…frantically looking all around for me, finally putting up his hands in defeat of finding me. Mission accomplished. From that point on, I felt safe to finish capturing the ceremony.
I may be a little biased saying that this is one of the most emotionally charged weddings I’ve attended, but it’s the truth. While I don’t know Tony very well, really at all, watching the love and laughter that transpired that day showed everyone that Natalie and Tony are made for each other.
To Natalie and Tony,
Thank you for all the hard work you put into making your wedding one incredible day, filled with love, laughter and memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. Thank you for allowing me to be a guest at a wedding for the first time in years, but still letting me capture what ever I felt “would make a good photo”. From the bottom of our hearts, we wish you a blessed marriage filled with as much love as you showed on that gorgeous August day. May you never forget how you felt for each other this day and use that as a foundation to build your marriage off of.
Here are a few of my favorites from the rehearsal dinner and wedding day.