The fact of the matter is you just never know what a person has been through. You don’t know how hard they’ve prayed and waiting and wrestled with any number of things until you see somebody come along that fills the void for them. Love has this way of completing a person but only it’s it’s purest form. So many people settle for love that feels good, or looks good, or sounds good. So many people assume that love means that the stars align and life will be shared with somebody else but love is so much deeper than that. When a couple that finds love in each other has waited, prayed, hoped, doubted, lost, found, searched, cried, and finally - finally found a person who can accept them where they’re at and sometimes even more difficult, accept the love they have to give - THAT couple is built to last. Life isn’t easy and love doesn’t make it easier. Love is selfless, it’s painful sometimes, but it’s a shelter from a world that would have you believe that you don’t deserve to be wanted. Love fixes that. It rights a lot of wrongs and forgives a lot of shortcomings. I don’t want this story to be about me. There is a long backstory here - 12 years in the making. My friendship with Amy and her family, all of us evolving and growing and pursuing our dreams over the last decade and keeping in touch. That story is pretty cool, and honestly - it would normally be more than blog worthy in my opinion but this story is so much more than that. It’s about a friend of mine who pursued her passion as an artist. It’s about a guy who came alone and realized that he had just met one of the most passionate, organized, ambitious women he’d ever known and didn’t try to change her. It’s about two families who have embraced these two, their differences, and the way they strengthen each other and have become one family with Amy + Weston as the glue. This story is about hope and life and art and if you just keep scrolling through the photos you’ll see perhaps the most important part — people who believe in them. Hundreds and hundreds of people who love and support them. A room perfectly designed and decorated to reflect them. (Shout out to Amanda Reed for doing an AMAZING job on this wedding and for her team for always being so incredible to work along side). A dance floor packed with people celebrating and enjoying the evening. (Boom Kinetic doesn’t allow people to simply watch their music). These photos, (and the video that our team is working on as well) are about the triumph of patience and love. The bible starts right there right? Love. Is. Patient. And so were Amy + Weston. And when they found each other, they had already built lives, relationships, dreams, and futures that simply had to align in the same way their hearts did. I get to shoot a lot of weddings, but this blog isn’t about me, my work, my team, my goals or even my relationship with two pretty incredible people who got married on this day - it’s about love and how powerful it is when we, as friends, and vendors, and sometimes total strangers get to observe it in it’s most beautiful form.