Sweet. Joyful. Fun. Heart. Goofy. Loving. Authentic. These are the words that come to mind when I think of Kate and Mike’s beautiful Stillwell House wedding in the fall. But yet, words are not enough to fully encapsulate all of the emotion and love that they were surrounded by the entire day.
Before I go into the details of the wedding though, I have to share the backstory of how I came to know Kate and Mike and ultimately, came to photograph their wedding.
Kate, having previously had her and Mike’s engagement photos taken by my friend Gabi, naturally hired her to also cover their fall Stillwell House wedding. But Gabi soon got the amazing news that she was pregnant and it was expected that she would give birth just a few days before their wedding! So Gabi asked me if I was available to cover her, in the event that her baby would decide to come out on time and I said YES!
Kate, not having ever met me, was on board and put complete trust in Gabi.
I mean, talk about being an amazingly loving and gracious human.
Not too many brides would be on board with an arrangement like that! Fast forward a few months, Gabi gives birth to a sweet little boy and it’s go-time for me!
I went to meet Kate and Mike for the first time while they did a venue walk-through and from the first meeting, I could just feel how authentic and loving they both were.
They both projected so much thankfulness and love and I just couldn’t believe how cool and fun they both were. Despite not knowing me, Kate gave me her trust. She allowed me to follow my instinct and respected my creative eye. I never once felt her doubt me.
The wedding day was no exception.
Once I arrived, her contagious smile and warm heart made me feel so welcome. She treated everyone that she interacted with, with complete respect and love. Mike said it best during his toast to her when he said that she had the ability to light up every room and make everyone feel loved. Her intentional love and attention to everyone she engages with is beautiful and special. And though I didn’t have the opportunity to interact much with Mike, I could feel that his fun loving and easy going spirit was a beautiful match for her.
And there is something to be said for the amount of people that showed up to celebrate their marriage. The sheer amount of genuine love and support that was present was incredible. So many people came together from all over to love on these two. AHH!
And man, oh, man… how about those toasts!! Hands down the BEST toasts I have ever heard in my life. They had everyone… and I mean EVERYONE in stitches. With an entire venue roaring in laughter, they were good enough to make up their own comedy act!
Kate and Mike, I can’t thank you enough for the trust you had in me.
It was my absolute pleasure and honor to get to know you, and to be able to capture these special memories for you! Wow, I’m still in awe.
… and to Gabi, who relinquished control over to me, I know how difficult that can be and I am so thankful and honored that you chose me to be able to work in your name. Thank you to the moon and back.