Katie and John had a gorgeous wedding on the Eastern Shore and celebrated at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. You may recognize their faces from their engagement session at the Center House where they first met. But in case you missed it the first time, stop here and take a little trip on over to their engagement session in D.C.
Is it ok to be madly in love with a couple who’s wedding you’ve photographed?? If so, I’m head over heels for Katie and John. There is just such an ease about them that makes you feel instantly comfortable being around them. It’s instant I tell you! They are modest, and funny, and the combination of sweet and goofy that makes you just want to give them a big hug .. And beautful .. they are both oh so beautiful. That kind of humble beautiful where they think they look like regular people and you’re all like, ‘Uh, I’m looking at you right now and you’re so beautiful I want to slap myself!’
After meeting the rest of their families on their wedding day I can see where they get it all from. Their families are so equally amazing and made me feel more like a friend than a photographer.
Ok enough talk .. let’s get to what you all really came here to see .. the photos!
Katie’s family hung up all of her old school photos in the hotel room where they were getting ready. So cute!
Wrapped around the bouquet was the Christening bonnet that John wore as a little baby. I love these moments right before Katie walked down the aisle with her dad that my second shooter Kyle got. Love them!!This bench is very special to Katie and John.
On their first date they went out to dinner and then sat on this exact bench and talked for hours. Throughout their relationship they spent a lot of time talking and laughing and getting to know each other on this bench. Then one day last December, in this exact seat, John asked Katie to spend the rest of her life with him. Fast forward to this August and Katie just knew that this seat needed to belong to her and John .. so she contacted the owner of the building it sat in front of and she secretly bought it. It was set up in front of the church and during the ceremony Katie told John that the bench they were sitting on was the the same bench they had shared so many memories on. I can’t even imagine all the future memories that will happen here as well. I love that!
The bench followed them around their wedding and was a part of the whole day. We of course needed to include it for some portraits and then it was moved inside to their table and John and Katie sat on it while they enjoyed dinner and toasts.
I’ve always loved the first dances and I always take a second to look over at the groom while the bride is dancing with her father. I think it really says something about the character of a man to see what he does during this particular part. And John never took his eyes off of Katie and her father. Not once!! I watched him the entire time. Best maid and matron of honor toast ever! Katie’s sisters are hilarious! Everyone did a Jameson toast in the middle of the reception.
I love catching little moments that otherwise may go unnoticed. Like this one where Katie’s sister Kelly twirled a little piece of Katie’s hair while their dad made his toast.
Blog title lyric from ‘Crash into me’ by Dave Matthews Band .. listen to it here.