Nothing makes wedding photography more fulfilling for me than watching two people who truly love each other joyfully make commitments to remain together forever. This kind of love is not a feeling (those come and go!)...instead it is a decision to be selfless and choose the other before you choose you yourself. I've had the privilege of seeing this in Hunter & Lauren as I've watched their relationship unfold, but it was even more evident on their wedding day. The way that Hunter dotes on Lauren and smiles at her as if she is the only thing in the world worth his time is beautiful (gentlemen...hope you're taking notes!). Lauren is, in turn, flattered (like any girl would be), but she does not consume it...rather, she pours that attention, love, and care out on everyone else. What a great combo they've got going on!
Hunter & Lauren got married at NOAH's Event Venue in Cranberry Township, PA surrounded by lots of friends and family. This venue was elegant, yet simple and charming. Totally fit the bride & groom. I am so thankful to have been part of such a gorgeous day, celebrating two wonderful humans! So happy for you, Hunter & Lauren...may God lead you as you begin an amazing journey together!
*Special shoutout to my sister Kimberly Veldhuizen, who second shot this wedding with me! She was amazing, per usual. :)
Seeing two people come together in marriage seems to be more and more amazing to me as I see more people do it. It is not just two people coming together, but families coming together and friends coming together and traditions coming together. This wedding brought two entirely different cultures and languages together. On my drive home from my day with this amazing group of people, I called my husband and just raved on and on (I apologized to him for talking so much which is actually uncommon for me!) about Vasa & Kerri and how sweet and raw their love is for each other and for those around them. These two currently live in China, but they decided to have an intimate backyard wedding here in the States where Kerri is from. I so wish that I could describe the day to you all who were not there and explain how moving it was to hear Vasa say his vows to Kerri in English so everyone there could understand, while tears ran down his face. Or seeing them embrace, as genuine smiles formed on their faces. Or watching Kerri's face light up in laughter as Vasa did a goofy pose for the camera! Or listening to them speak to each other in Chinese...I couldn't understand a single word, but to me, it's like they were in their own little world. When I left, Vasa communicated to me that I came to their wedding with a job to do, but that I left as a friend. This is why I LOVE wedding photography...I get to come as a vendor but leave as a friend. Thank you Vasa & Kerri for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful day. Cheers to you both as embark on this life together as husband and wife!