i have known lily since our rowdy college years at grand valley - as we shared many of the same amazing, beautiful [ albeit, insane ] girl friends.
lily and james have somewhat of a college sweetheart love story, and when they got engaged i immediately reached out to them regarding wedding photography [ will you just look at them tho? ] i was pretty fresh in the wedding game, so when they agreed to have me i was totally excited. and terrified. but mostly excited.
we had a gorgeous engagement session last fall where i was able to admire them as a couple, and get to know james better and take some beautiful photos [ obviously ].
it was a whole year later that their wedding day arrived - and i was mentally preparing for it for months. i had been shooting the entire summer season, and while i loved every wedding i shot, i knew this one was going to be special and different both on a personal and professional level.
and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. the details were gorgeous. the weather was perfection - the kind of sky you want to put in your pocket and bring with you to every photo shoot. the entire day was like a high school reunion [ the kind you would actually want to go to ] and even though i was the photographer, the day was non-stop fun and excitement. there were happy tears and so many nose-crinkling, stomach-cramping laughs. there were emotional moments of reflection and gratitude. the dance floor was the most alive that i have seen all year - i think they shut down the venue and possibly bought out the venue bar. the night ended in something like our old college parties would - with pizza and pajamas and boozey-laced silliness. i loved every moment.
and the photos? well, i'll let you figure it out from here.
i love you lily + james - you guys were the best.
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