Kristin & Dave | Stevenson Ridge Wedding

I’d been looking forward to Kristin and Dave’s wedding day ever since I met them for the first time last September. That’s when I first discovered that Kristin and Dave are one of those couples whose love story is just so darn easy to tell, because it’s just so darn believable. Dave wraps his arms around Kristin and for a moment it looks like he’ll never let go—like he knows exactly how rare and real this love is that he found, this friendship-turned romance—but then he does, not for lack of love, but with the knowledge that even when Kristin isn’t right by his side, her heart is entirely his. And Kristin, Kristin’s warm, welcoming, whimsical personality found it’s home in Dave, and you can see it in the way he fits her so well—not that Dave completes Kristin, because she is a feisty fireball all on her own, but that he complements her, the steady to her spirit. I couldn’t wait to get to see and photograph this pair make it official!

But clearly, my anticipation for Kristin and Dave’s wedding day paled in comparison to, well, Kristin and Dave’s. A day that had been held in anticipation over their six-year relationship, as I drove up the driveway of Stevenson Ridge on that sunny day, I knew it was going to be a beautiful one, even with the high temperatures and the potential threat of rain later in the day. Kristin had planned every detail perfectly, and nothing was missing from their gorgeous wedding day, except for the presence of one incredibly important person.

Three weeks before their wedding day, I received a heartbreaking email from Kristin letting me know that her father had unexpectedly passed away. My heart stopped and sank as I read it. Kristin and Dave had become more friends than clients to me, and it seemed so unfair that such an important person in their lives wouldn’t be there as they celebrated the start of their story together as husband and wife. But the reality—the real, real, truth—is that Kristin’s dad was there, fully present on his daughter’s wedding day. His spirit was in the laughter that Kristin shared with her bridesmaids before she saw Dave for the first time, his love filled Kristin’s mom’s eyes as she watched her youngest daughter stand beautiful in her wedding gown, his blessing was obvious when Dave kissed his brand new wife in front of their closest family and friends under a clear blue sky, when rain had been promised just a few hours earlier. I can’t help but believe that any father would be so proud to see his family celebrate life and love and new beginnings with vivacity and joy, and I can’t think of two words that would better describe the beautiful celebration that was Kristin and Dave’s wedding day. I am honored and humbled to have had the chance to photograph the marriage of two families who choose joy and celebration and life, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to share a taste of their love today. So, without any further ado…

Introducing: Mr. and Mrs. Rolnick

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As always, thanks to the team of incredible vendors who made Kristin and Dave’s day one to remember:

Venue » Stevenson Ridge
Bridal Gown » Allure Bridal, Allure Romance 2716
Groom’s Attire » Men’s Wearhouse, Egara Slim Fit Suit
Bridemaids Dresses » J.Crew, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, BCBG Maxazria
Makeup Artist » Bobby Pins & Blush
Hair Designer » Crystal Guererro, Shear Image Salon
Florist » Jane Guerin
Caterer » Stevenson Ridge
Stationery Designer » Minted
DJ » Dream Day DJ’s, Jake Ritchie
Cinematographer » Whiteflair Productions
Officiant » Reverend Pamela Mann
Shuttle » Nationwide Chauffeured 

  • May 29, 2015 - 10:07 am

    Kristin Lockhart Rolnick - OH EM GEEEEE!!!! This just filled my heart with so much happiness. Stephanie you are amazing and I love how many moments you captured that are just so US! Thank you for being so amazing to work with – you truly do feel like a friend. Best photographer everrrrrr!ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2015 - 11:47 am

    Brittany Haupt - Kristen you looked amazing and so happy! Great job dooger in catching the spectacular-ness of all the love ! (ps i love the night time pics!)

    Fun stuff seeing ol’ soccer buddies crossing paths!

    XOXOReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2015 - 2:22 pm

    Julie Bennie - Absolutely BEAUTIFUL pictures! What a blessing! Congratulations and may all you future days be as happy as your wedding day! God Bless you both abundantly!ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2015 - 10:50 am

    Christine - Those last 5 pictures are MAGICAL! I love them! Great job Steph and congrats to the bride and groom!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2015 - 8:46 pm

    Kristin & Dave || Stevenson Ridge Wedding | YouSee Photography - […] for allowing me to use the images for my blog and my website portfolio. Check out Stephanie’s blog  to read more from this wedding. Stephanie’s work and website can be found […]ReplyCancel

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