First, thanks so much to Teri, Gus and their family and friends for their patience: while we usually blog within a week of a wedding, we took a family beach vacation that knocked us off schedule by a week! Yikes! So thank you, everyone, for hanging in there with us…
After so many years behind the lens, camera operation is fairly rote for us, its pretty much second nature now. By that token we should be bored with, or at least disengaged from what we do: we should be able to do it in our sleep. Truth is, we’re always challenged, always affected, always a little changed professionally and personally with every passing wedding. Its become a frequent topic of conversation for us: how having a baby made us relate to weddings in an entirely new and perhaps more significant way. We find it strange since we have both been very close to our families our entire life and felt like we were pretty well tuned in to the family dynamic as photographers pre-kid. But somehow the experience of becoming parents ourselves propelled us into the middle of the emotional experience of a wedding. We look at the couple getting married and know they may become like us by start a family and hammering out a new life together. We look at the parents of the bride and groom and know that we will become them, inevitably faced with the process of letting go of our adult children whether they choose to marry or not. Suddenly, we are able to see marriage full circle. Its both exciting and a little terrifying. I think this is part of the reason we loved this particular wedding so much.
As beautiful as everything was at Teri and Gus’ wedding at the gorgeous Bluemont Vineyard, its the celebration of family that really stood out for us. Teri’s Polish heritage was celebrated through pierogies, polkas and song and Gus’ Swedish roots through… you guessed it… some pretty fantastic meatballs! My personal favorite detail was the cake table, where a very traditional cake stood among family wedding photos, beckoning guests to come and look. Teri pinned her great grandmother’s brooch to her bouquet, making a lovely accent while keeping her ancestors close. In addition to honoring family, they honored their own relationship too and celebrated a love of baseball, beer and travel through special cuff links, drink service and destination themed table assignments. The barn was decked out in lights, lanterns and fluffy pink hydrangeas:
So here’s where my words begin the slippery slope towards totally cheesy and I know I ought to stop typing and let the photos speak for themselves. I will say this though: we shoot a lot of weddings, and there was a tear or two on the keyboard. Everyone wants to be part of a marriage like this, of a family like this. Everyone wants to be loved like this. And you bet your dupa that everyone wants to dance a polka like this!