I mention this often, but being able to reconnect with old friends and people that were part of my childhood, is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. If it wasn't for photography, it would be very unlikely that I would ever see these wonderful people again and even more, be a part of one of the most important and intimate days of their lives. Its an honor and blessing that I continue to be so thankful for.
Although I was just a baby when Allie and her sister Stephanie would hang out with my older siblings and cousins, I have heard enough stories that it feels like I was a part of it all. I even inherited their family high chair... that has to count for something right?! More than anything I was lucky enough to know their mother Debbie. What I remember most was "afternoon coffee hour", as I like to call it. My mom, Aunt Melissa, and Debbie would sit on my back deck in the summer and I was usually somewhere in the distance trying to listen in on their conversations. When they weren't at each others homes, they were soaking up the sun on the beach. They were the best of friends. I know that Debbie was like family because more often than not, her name comes up in warm conversation and although my own childhood memories of the Nasteff family are faint, I am so blessed to have been reconnected with Stephanie and Allie just a couple weeks ago. Their mother shines through them both in so many ways! It was beautiful to see with my own eyes and through the lens of my camera.
On the rolling hills of West Virginia, Allie and Alex said their vows and became husband and wife. It was a storybook wedding and these two deserved nothing less. Everything took place on a family friends farm and you couldn't have asked for a more picturesque backdrop. They married on the front porch of the Lewis Family's southern style home and the reception took place inside the barn. Wth cafe stringed lights, antlers hanging from the wooden beams, and wildflowers on every table it was every bit of a classic farm wedding. One of my favorite parts of this reception was when Allie and Alex both danced with their dad and mom. The golden light was spilling in through the wooden planks and it was so special to see how much these two love their children. It's always the photographs that show so much unspoken love that get me every time! Thankfully, it's only my 10 month old baby watching me cry as I edit.
With almost 4 years of documenting weddings under my belt, I have witnessed some serious dance moves. But I think its safe to say that Allie, Alex, and their guests came to DANCE! From the moment the music started, their feet were on the dance floor. And when the music stopped, they just kept on dancing to their own beat! It was so much fun to photograph and lets just say, Allie and Alex have a ton of hilarious photos to look though when they receive their wedding package : )
Allie and Alex, your hearts are so bright and beautiful. I know all your friends and family would agree. I am so happy to have been a part of your big day and I am incredibly grateful to have reconnected with such a wonderful family. All the love in the world to you both!