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July 21, 2012 gabriel is one
It wasn’t long after I booked Mary & Steve’s wedding that I discovered I was pregnant and due just three weeks after their wedding day. Eeek! They quickly became some of the first people to hear our big news as I wanted to give them the opportunity and ample time to find another photographer – one who wasn’t going to waddle down the aisle on their big day. To my surprise, Steve and Mary embraced my news with total enthusiasm and were comfortable taking the risk of keeping me on as their photographer despite the fact that I might be replaced at the last minute.
Mary and I talked many times during the months leading up to the big day. It was fun for me to hear about all the nitty gritty of her wedding planning and to offer suggestions and words of calming assurance that she would indeed get it all done and it would indeed be the most fabulous day of her life.
As their wedding week came, we found ourselves in a brutal heat wave, with temperatures and heat indexes over 100 degrees. Not ideal for the late afternoon outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour they had planned at Makray Golf Club and certainly far from optimal for a 37 week pregnant photographer. We watched the weather all week as it seemed like we might get a break in the heat but wouldn’t you know it, the day came and woowee was it hot – heat indexes were in the 105 degree range. Thankfully I was feeling good and had armed myself with a fabulous second shooter, Alaina Bos, who helped ensure the day was completely covered.
A few tweaks to the wedding plans and the show went on – and what an incredible show it was. Mary put so much thought into the details and planned a very special wedding ceremony with a lot of participation from their family and friends. The result was a very intimate and personal ceremony that made you forget all about the heat.
After the ceremony – it was time to party! The reception had a movie theme, complete with a gourmet popcorn bar. Lots of laughter, dancing and love filled the reception.
Mary and Steve – it was such an honor to be a part of your wedding day and I’m so, so glad I didn’t go into labor at your wedding – although it would have been a really great story . It was an absolute pleasure to get to know you and I look forward to continuing the friendship. I wish you much joy and love as you begin your new life together and Mr. and Mrs. – we certainly know there will be plenty of laughter! I love how much you make one another smile and laugh… Congratulations on your marriage and beautiful wedding!