I first met Ariel when looking for a model for a themed photo shoot. Well, that session didn’t quite work out. Even so, Ariel was totally gracious and honored my request to still hold a session that would be just for fun, so that we could both get some fresh portfolio pictures. (Hmm, I really ought to post some pics from that session…) I first met Stephen during that session as well. I arrived at Ariel’s house (she lived with her parents at the time) and her mom went out back to grab the happy couple, who were lounging in the backyard soaking up the sun. The two came in, blissfully sleepy- and totally happy-looking. I knew right then that these two were just an amazing couple.
So of course, when Ariel asked if I could photograph her wedding in March of last year (the two got engaged at the end of 2013) I responded with a resounding and joyful “Yes!” (At the time, I was VERY newly pregnant, and told her I would as long as she didn’t mind seeing a pregnant lady get into some very interesting positions for some of the more creative shots.)
These two just exude love. Their sweetness and tenderness towards each other shows in every interaction. Every touch is endearing. Every kiss is urgent. Every glance is full of internal conversation. Every spoken word is thoughtfully chosen.
I was, and still am, so happy to have been such a special part of their day.
A kiss from the father of the groom, who was also the officiant of the wedding:This church was PACKED full of people who loved these two. It was so touching to see just how many people were there to bless Ariel and Stephen’s wedding.Ariel’s sister and maid of honor, who also happened to be pregnant at the time of the wedding. She now has a beautiful baby girl, who is seven months old!An adorable photo of the couple and their bridal party. (The bridesmaid on the far right? Also pregnant at the time. Yes, we took a photo of the three of the preggos all together for posterity’s sake.)
Ok, this is seriously the best bouquet grab photo ever. Really. Zoom in on everyone’s faces and you’ll see what I mean. See? Told you. It’s epic.Ariel and Stephen, I wish you all the happiness in the world! Enjoy every moment of each other.