Cathryn and Russell's wedding was truly magical! Cathryn got ready with her bridal party at the Fairytale Gardens venue in Madison, Maine. All of Cathryn's accessories were stunning , but my three favorite were; her hair comb, right hand ring, and clutch purse. They were my favorite because they were passed down from her grandmother. More than anything I LOVE, when the details have a story.
Although we were running short on time, we were able to sneak Cathryn into the "tree tunnel" a wooded trail at the venue, to get a few breathtaking bridal photos, minuets before the ceremony started.
Cathryn walked down the aisle with both her mom and dad, to marry the man of her dreams. The couple wrote their own vows, and had almost everyone in attendance in tears. Cathryn vowed to NOT always rub her cold feet on Russell when they got into bed. And Russell had a hard time just getting through the first line, of the vows he wrote for Cathryn, because he was so happy to be marrying the love of his life. He talked about how he never thought he had a chance with a girl as beautiful as her, but knew he had to work up the courage to talk to her because she was something special.
Some of my favorite photos I get to capture are of the moments in-between. The moments when people aren't expecting me to take their photo. The moment a mom hugs her little girl who is all grown up. The moment of a grandmother who can't find a phone to get a quick picture of her granddaughters hair. I can't imagine all the memories that small hair comb brought back of her very own wedding day, so many years ago.
Deciding to marry Cathryn was one of the easiest decisions Russell has ever made. They are simply perfect for one another. When they were holding each other all their nerves disappeared, they were calm and so joyful. Cathryn could not take her eyes off him, and Russell was thrilled to know he could wrap up in her arms forever. You can tell how happy they make each other, the little smiles, the simple kisses that make their faces light up. It is clear to see they were made for one another.
From the jars of jam to all the pinecones, that Russell and Cathryn collected themselves, the reception details were picture perfect. Receptions should be filled with fun and laughter, and a few happy tears. This reception was no exception to the rule. Everyone laughed throughout all the toasts. The father-daughter dance even had me tearing up, after listening to Mike talk about the amazing relationship he has with his daughter. I must say one of my favorite parts were the dance off's Russell's nephew challenged everyone to. The day could not have been any more beautiful, and the sparkler send off with the barn in the background was the best way to kick off the after party.
There is so much I could say about this wedding, but I think the photos show just how much love and joy there was. The day was perfect, and these two people were always meant to be together. I wish you a lifetime filled with laughter!