I first met Joe and Rebecca over a year before their big day which was planned for Friday May 15th 2015. So to say I was anxious for these nuptials to be here, would be a huge understatement. I had heard so much about what the day was going to entail and I knew these two weren't going to disappoint. They absolutely exceeded all my expectations and I have never documented such a unique and special day that reflected this couple so perfectly.
That morning I met Rebecca when she was getting ready at the Dunes Manor in Ocean City. It was such a beautiful day and I loved spending the morning getting to hang out and get to know Rebeccas sister and mother, who were their with her. Their wedding party consisted only of their best man(Joe's brother) and maid of honor(Rebecca's sister). I love big wedding parties but I love small intimate ones even more. It allows me to really capture every little moment thats happening in between all the big ones. Not to mention I got an entire hour after the ceremony with just Rebecca and Joe... what?!? Thats a photographers dream and it was so much fun getting to relax and not worry about missing any shots. We got to go to 4 different locations at Light House Sound and I didn't have a care in the world! Besides making sure we didn't get attacked by mother geese... that seems to be an issue this time of year at my golf course weddings!
I knew that Rebecca wanted her wedding theme to have lots of coastal and beach vibes which I love but it wasn't until I arrived to see her that morning that I truly understood the whole theme and vision for her big day. Rebecca always had brown hair, the few times we met, before the wedding. So when I walked in and saw her with red hair, I was a bit surprised! She explained that she always wanted to have red hair for her wedding day because the first movie she ever went and saw with her father was The Little Mermaid. Rebecca and her father have a very special bond and I loved how much she incorporated this theme because of a childhood memory with the first man in her life.
Now I am going to call out Joe and let everyone know how nervous he was about getting his photo taken before this day arrived. He explained to me on numerous occasions that he was worried I wouldn't be able to avoid the "goofy" look he felt he portrayed and that it was going to be a difficult task for me. Well Joe, although you are goofy, I think its safe to say you and Rebecca were one of the EASIEST couples I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. You two were so natural and most importantly, so in love, that I barely had to speak a word.
And my last bit about this day...The way you look at someone is such a subtle action. If you think about it, its probably the most subtle thing you can do to communicate something to another human. Without hand gestures, smiling, or even talking. When you only have your eyes to communicate a feeling, sometimes its not that easy to read. Well hands down, I have never seen a groom look at his bride the way Joe looked at Rebecca. He had such passion and love in his eyes that he didn't even have to say or do anything else the entire evening. The happiness and joy just beamed out of him and it made my job so easy. So I guess the moral of the story... it doesn't matter how nervous you are, or how much you hate getting your photo taken, if you are focused on the true purpose of your wedding day and you have your eyes glued to the person you love, everything else will fall into place.
Rebecca and Joe, thank you so much for allowing me to document such an incredible day. I am so excited to see what the future holds for you both in this new chapter.