October 06, 2016
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1after almost 15 years of photographing weddings, I have very few ‘firsts’. there isn’t much I haven’t seen or experienced, so I am always happily surprised when something happens that I’m not expecting (in a good way, naturally). rachel grew up here in snow hill and I photographed her senior portraits years ago. when she asked me to shoot her wedding at furnace town, I was looking so forward to it! she and chuck decided to not photograph an engagement session but because we had worked together before, she didn’t request a sit down meeting before the big day. I went over to her house where she was getting ready with her mom and sister ~ it was so lovely and peaceful and whenever anyone said ‘chuck’, she would smile and you could sense her excitement. as I was walking out the door, rachel handed me a tie and asked me if I could give it to chuck once I got to the venue ~ he had forgotten it. furnace town had never looked more beautiful ~ the garden lights, the floral arrangements, and the personal touches were the ideal compliment to this already picture perfect setting. but what blew me away were the dreamcatchers.. rachel’s grandmother had made 30 of them ~ each one unique, and they hung around the perimeter of the pavilion. stunning! I was just finishing up photographing the details when I headed back to my jeep to grab an extra charger. it was then that I saw a familiar face.. a friend of mine that I had known for awhile. then I saw that he was in a suit.. without a tie. and I realized that this friend was the groom… ‘chuck! you’re my groom today?!’ he smiled as he came over to hug me, but he looked a little confused ~ then he saw my camera, ‘you’re my photographer today?!” he asked and I was so excited. see, typically when I work with a couple, I learn about their story from both of them at the same time. but with rachel and chuck, I had heard both sides, not knowing that they were speaking about the other. I knew what had brought them to this day and how deep their love ran and now here we were, at their wedding day. it was one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me as a photographer because I knew what this day really meant to both of them. the forecast had been sketchy at best for the few days leading up to the wedding, but rachel and chuck were so laid back that the misting that began to happen right before the ceremony didn’t phase them at all. as rachel and her dad made the walk down to the old furnace, chuck was beaming… I had never seen my friend so happy. they wrote vows for each other and as they read them to each other, it was if they were the only two people in the world. you two are truly meant to be… your friendship, your support of each other, and the strength of your love is inspiring. I am so very happy for you and wish you all of the love and joy in the world xoxo

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