Updated: Oct 28, 2019
I grew up in the idyllic suburban neighborhood. Almost every house on the street had kids around my age. A new family with 3 girls moved into the house across the street, and one would quickly become my very best friend, Katie. And with Katie, I gained a whole family to love and make memories with.
On Friday, October 26, 2019 in Washington Crossing, PA I had the unique opportunity to photograph the wedding of someone who means a great deal to me: my best friend's oldest sister, Kristen. When we were kids, Kristen was always in charge. From leading our plays and choreographed dances to keeping us informed of the latest in all things "cool." She is the big sister everyone wishes they had.
I was overjoyed when she asked me to capture her wedding day to her amazing fiancee, Anthony. But, to be honest, I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to stay composed (emotionally). I was worried that the absence of their mom (who was the life of any party she attended) after her passing would overpower the joy one feels on a wedding day. I couldn't have been more wrong; their mom's presence was palpable and evident everywhere you looked. Especially in the lady bug that traveled from Anthony to Kristen after their first look, and the penny found in a guest's shoe.
It was a perfect day from start to finish, and I'm so happy for my big sister and her new family. As my best friend stated in her beautifully crafted ceremony: "May life’s challenges be met together with courage and optimism and may your days be filled with laughter, imagination, trust, friendship and love."
Congratulations, Kristen and Anthony!