When I met up with Nick and Rachel for their engagement photos, I knew we'd be a great fit. There was
good amount of time between our first meeting and their wedding on the east coast, so when I flew into
Newark airport and drove into Belvidere, I was so excited to see old friends. The small town where they
got ready was incredibly charming. Seattle is such a new city that to see any sort of history is pretty
wild and I spent one of the mornings walking around the town in awe of the architecture. They got
married in an old church along the state border and then we headed to the Delaware Water Gap for some
photos along the river. The day before, I had scouted out a spot down by the river where two older men
waded in to break from the humidity. Monarch butterflies surrounded them. Their wedding reception
was held at Jack's Barn, a redone loft that also holds antiques in its shop and market. What I would give
to shoot here again! Nick and Rachel, you two are something else. You allow play into your relationship
and it's so beautiful to see.
I brought along my super 8 camera as well to use up the last of the discontinued Kodak Ektachrome:
Ceremony at St. Vincent de Paul
Reception at Jack's Barn in Oxford, NJ
The day before...
The wedding day.
A wedding held in an old line dancing barn in the mountains of northern Spokane.
On Friday evening, before their rehearsal dinner, I showed up at Sam and Erin's wedding venue to scout
out the area to be prepared for the next day. I ended up walking in on their actual rehearsal and sat
on the sidelines to be able to say hello before everyone dispersed.
Erin and Sam walked up to me, clasped my hand and said "After all this time, you're here, we feel
you were always supposed to be here." And so the weekend began. I was invited into moments that
I've never been invited into before. I was treated like a friend, not a vendor. I was welcomed, hugged
goodbye and approached so many times after the weekend with warm and encouraging words.
Sam and Erin, thank you. I wish we weren't states away.
Check out their super8 video: