For the last 4 years, we have joked about who was responsible for introducing them. Ryan would always take credit because he worked with Brendon at the time. However, as I remember the story, Ryan and I were in our kitchen planning a fun evening and I said, “what if we introduced Karen and Brendon?!?!” ;) To be fair, I do believe Ryan was actually the one to call Brendon that day and invite him over, so let’s just say… we introduced them.
I don’t think it actually became real to me until I read their story in their own words on their wedding website. My heart smiled reading, “Liz and Ryan introduced us on a summer evening on their roofdeck.” At many points during their wedding celebration last weekend, Karen and Brendon said, “we would not be here if it weren’t for Liz and Ryan.” Whoa. Seriously, what an incredible honor! It is AMAZING to think how a simple action of following through on those “what if” statements in life can change people’s lives! Love is a crazy special thing! And although we know we cannot take full credit for bringing them together last weekend in marriage, we are certainly quite excited to know we had a small role in their love story along the way!
I cannot even begin to explain the emotions I felt on their wedding day. There is nothing quite like seeing two friends with smiles bigger than we have ever seen on their faces before. The day was perfect… the weather could not have been more AMAZING, the boats passed back and forth as they said their vows on a a pier in Fell’s Point, and their intimate wine and cheese celebration (that included the cutest handmade personal pies for dessert) complemented the evening of dancing and so much fun!
Karen and Brendon… as we reflected on your wedding day through your photos and the audio from your ceremony, the tears filled my eyes. We knew your wedding day was going to be special, but it filled our hearts with so much awe and joy as we witnessed your love at its finest! It is a day that we will never forget and we are so incredibly honored to have been there as friends… and photographers too! ;) Knowing that you will forever have these photos to remind you of that happiness and love that you share…that makes our hearts happy! Thank you for such an AMAZING celebration! We Love You guys!!!
Huge Huge Huge thank you to Natalie Franke for coming along with us for the day as a part of our team! Since it was our first wedding post my surgery, we wanted to make sure she was there in case I needed a break! ;) Thank God, I was feeling great (probably because we were capturing our friend’s marriage!! How HAPPY is that?!?!)… I know a large part of the reason was also because Natalie was by my side to fill in where we needed her most (she even carried my bag all day! :( Sometimes that is harder than shooting! ;) )! Natalie- thank you for being you! We are so grateful for you!
Also, a big thanks to all of the professionals who helped make Karen and Brendon’s wedding so special:
Hair and Makeup: Kristi at Canton Hair Studio | Flowers: Patti Raraigh (Brendon’s mom) | Ceremony Venue: Bond Street Pier (Admiral Fell Inn) | Officiant: Chris Fedak (friend of Karen and Brendon) | Ceremony Music: Jessica Albrecht | Reception Venue: Admiral Fell Inn | Pies: Arianna Franca, Batter Up Cupcakes (friend of Karen) | DJ/Band: C&J Entertainment | Bride’s Attire: Etsy (YES! That beautiful dress is from Etsy! ;) ) | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic | Bridesmaid’s Attire: Nordstrom | Photographers: Liz and Ryan