Though it rarely happens, every once in a while I arrive at a wedding without having previously met the couple in person. Sometimes distance and sometimes schedules prevent meeting up for an engagement session, and a combination of Skype and FaceTime—whichever technology seems to be working better that day—takes the place of a face-to-face meeting over a delicious coffee in a crowded Starbucks. Weddings like these tend to make me a little more nervous than others, because I’m never quite sure what to expect. Will the couple be shy? Will they laugh at my awful jokes? Will they think I’m insane when I ask them to smize for me?
As I drove up i-95 on Saturday towards Josiah and Kimberly’s wedding, all of these thoughts raced through my brain, but the instant Kimberly walked through the doors of the church, my fears were quickly quelled. Just as kind, bright, and warm as she had been during our Skype chats, I knew my day spent with Kimberly was going to be incredible. But even as she put on her stunning dress with her mom and sister, I didn’t know just how incredible. Cue: Kimberly and Josiah’s first look. I hadn’t had the chance to meet Josiah either, but part of me loves meeting a groom for the first time just before he sees his wife. At that point, Steph the Photographer is the last person on his mind, and that’s just how I like it. K+J’s first look was one of the sweetest ever, and I’m 99.9% sure that it’s because they chose to do it in a why that was perfect just for them: no poses, no tap on the shoulder, just a groom opening the door for his bride and being absolutely stunned by her beauty. Take a look, you’ll see it, too!
The amount of sunlight on Saturday was rivaled only by the amount of laughter; Kimberly and Josiah are so sweet together because they are so joyful together. Their laughs absolutely permeated the day, and I can think of no surer sign of real, deep love than that. K+J, thank you thank you for inviting me into such an incredible day in your lives. I hope you’ll cherish these photos and their memories and that your live are always filled with that same, joyful laughter.
Introducing: Mr. and Mrs. Lindquist
I so love this sapphire ring trend!! It adds such a great pop of color to every wedding!
Kimberly’s bouquet was wrapped in family lace and pinned with her grandfather’s pin. Though he wasn’t physically with her, it was so special for her to carry his heart with her down the aisle.
The wedding took place at Kimberly’s home church, the place where she’d grown up. Her parents were even married in the church’s chapel so many years ago, and we had the privilege of taking a few of Kimberly’s bridal portraits on the very same steps. I wish I could do this every weekend!
While I was with Kimberly, Matoli captured Josiah and the guys getting ready.
Just a bunch of guys tying ties ;)
HOLY smokes, Josiah!!
One last kiss for her sister before the first look…
Love, love, LOVE.
Honestly, you two…
Gorgeous, the both of ya.
Love this on the right… you guys make it look so easy.
The Daylesford Abbey in Paoli offered some stunning backdrops for portraits.
The shot on the right is Matoli’s and I LOVE it!
One of the cutest flower girls around :)
So many reasons why I love this one!
One tearful hug for dad before they walk down the aisle…
And one joyful hug for dad after they walked back up :)
The High Point in Malvern offered an incredible rustic space for their reception!
Congratulations, Josiah and Kimberly!
Credit to these wonderful vendors for making the day so gorgeous!
Reception Venue » The High Point, Malvern, PA
Church » Church of the Good Samaritan, Paoli, PA
Wedding Gown » Mori Lee, Style 1906
Bridesmaids’ Dresses » J. Crew, Newport Navy
Men’s Suits » Jos A Banks
Hair » Prestige Salon, Christy
Florist » Cottage Flowers Floral Design
Caterer » Queen of Hearts Catering
Bakery » Clay’s Bakery
Second Shooter » Matoli Keely Photography