On October 8, 2017, I had the chance to photograph my cousin Jen’s wedding. I was so touched when she asked me to photograph the day she would marry Dan, but I admit I had some hesitation about saying yes. Afterall, our large family doesn’t get the chance to be together very often. Between, Massachusetts, Washington, Oregon, California, Georgia, Maryland and Tennessee, we are literally spread out all over the country. And I wanted to party and spend time with everyone. But I am SO happy I said yes. It was so meaningful for me to have this honor. These pictures are not only the first for their new family, but they will become part of our extended family’s heirloom of pictures that we will cherish for generations to come.
Jen and Dan’s relationship started with a crush when they were teenagers. Through Bar Mitzvah dances, distance, other relationships, and finally living in the same city, they found love. Under Aunt Audrey’s hand-made chuppah, they said their vows to each other and, I believe, received a blessing from her. Even though she wasn’t physically there with us that day, I could hear her voice in my head saying how beautiful it was and how grateful she was to have had a part in them finding each other.
Jen and Dan, thank you for trusting me and Anne to capture your day. Enjoy this sneak peek of your pictures. In the words of my brother on our wedding day, I hope that your wedding day is the day you find you loved each other the least. Love you both!