It was finally the first day of the rest of their lives. After miles and continents apart, time and God brought them together as one. IT was everything they could have dreamed of, and it was planned in a handful of months. Reread that last part. Months. Not years, or even 1 full year. If you ever needed proof for the saying, “When it’s right it’s right” this is it. Adam and Leah put their love and faith in each other knowing that they’d be together.
The bold colors filled the beautiful glass topped room. I have never photographed a color palette quite as bright and complementary as this. When I laid out all of these beautiful details my eyes danced from the florals to Leah’s earrings to the lace detail on her gown. It was so beautifully placed and it was so vibrant, like the way Leah just couldn’t stop smiling. As I watched Leah’s mother place her veil, I could feel the shift in the air. It was becoming so real to Leah that she was about to marry the man of her dreams. As tears welled up in her eyes, her most dear friends and family tried to combat the emotions with laughter. I gave them a moment while I went to see the Groom to be.
I was welcomed with a hug that was strong enough to cover excitement and nervousness and all other emotions you’d feel just before saying I do. Adam was surrounded by the best group of guys and the atmosphere in that conference room was perfect. The light in the venue was pouring in and it was time. The guests filed in and a hush fell over everyone. Leah and her dad walked through the doors and the moment her eyes met Adam’s everyone else melted away. . .
A few key things to mention here.
1.It did pour for half of our portraits. I will definitely say that it will be memorable for quite some time because I ended up in an Indians poncho courtesy of the best man. Luckily, Adam and Leah put their trust in me and when I asked for just a few moments of their time later in the evening.
2. The reason that the new M. and Mrs. were on separate continents? Adam is a basketball player (actually he was the superleague MVP for the ’17-’18 season) in the Republic of Georgia. I may have felt like I was meeting a famous person when I found out. It’s fine I played it cool.
3. The reception was SO MUCH FUN. Amy from Lakeshore DJ brought the party and kept it pumping all evening. Everyone danced. I mean it-everyone. The smiles and laughter that resonated from the dance floor could be heard from outside.
I want to give a shoutout to all of the vendors who made this day impeccable! They really pulled out the stops to make sure that everything was taken care of.
Bridal Gown: Galina from David’s Bridal
Florist: Joel’s Flowers
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Ambassador Center Garden Atrium
Wedding Planner / Coordinator: Sarah DeFranco
DJ/ Entertainment Services: Amy Petroth, Lakeshore Dj Services
Groomsmen and Groom attire: American Commodore Tuxedo
Adam and Leah: I just want to tell you that I feel so incredibly grateful that I had your date available. It was fate. I laughed and cried with your guests as you committed to each other and I certainly felt the love that was shared. Thank you so much for giving me the pleasure of being a part of your day.
August 2, 2018