December 05, 2012

the first time I met with caitlin and grant is was at a consultation here at the studio. while caitlin and her mom were looking over albums and asking a bunch of questions, grant was pretty quiet. now this is not unusual for the groom to leave most of the talking to the bride when it comes to their wedding photography – but when I say quiet… I mean quiet. so fast forward to their esession and the grant I met that day was silly, fun, romantic and talking up a storm – I was thrilled and couldn’t wait for their wedding! I met caitlin at her parent’s house where all were getting ready in the downstairs ‘man cave’ :) have of her bridal party went to syracuse university (holla!) with her and the other half were friends from bucknell. caitlin’s dress was gorgeous and totally her and her beautiful veil was the same that her mother wore on her wedding day. as all of the ladies piled into the limo to head to the naval academy, the sun was shining and the excitement was infectious. now I’m a little biased I know because my dad went to the academy, but I LOVE it! I love the buildings, the grounds, the uniforms and traditions… you name it, I adore it. but I hadn’t been to the chapel in years and forgot just how breathtaking it is. from the grand entrance to the stained glass, each detail is more beautiful than the next. as the girls were taking care of final touches, I went in search of grant and was bear hugged by a very excited groom – all he could think about was his bride ‘how’s caitlin? everything go alright so far? is she nervous?’. if I hadn’t already become smitten with caitlin and grant during their esession, well during their ceremony it would have been a done deal. both were teary during the recessional, ceremony and processional. as the swordsmen lined up for their exit, family and friends gathered outside on this beautiful fall afternoon. once we had shot around the grounds, we all headed to their reception at celebrations at the bay where we took advantage of the amazing evening light on the water. during the reception, so many personal touches that reflected the two of them were included – from the fresh leis that caitlin had had shipped in as a nod to her hawaiian roots and as gifts for her parents and grant, to the nautical themes reflecting grant’s education and career.  the toasts were touching and funny, the dance floor was never empty and the love and friendship that catilin and grant share was celebrated by all!


thank you caitlin and grant for being the perfect ending to my 2012 fall season! thank you for sharing your laughter and friendship with me :) and although you’re all settled in at your home together in rhode island, I hope our paths cross sometime soon xoxo