“So how does it feel to be MARRIED?,” I giddily ask Anna as I’m positioning her and Patrick for another portrait.
“It feels totally normal,” says Anna, as a smile of utter joy sweeps across her face.
Totally normal. What a true statement for this sweet couple. Now some people might interpret normal as a neutral, if not negative response to this question, but let’s look at it from a different angle. I think by “normal” Anna meant that she couldn’t imagine life any other way, that, with Patrick as her husband, she felt like she could be completely and wholly herself, that she could know and be known. How many of us, myself included, spend so much of our lives trying to move beyond normal? We want the rush, the thrill of the chase, the high. We think that if things start to feel normal, then something has gone wrong. But there’s a simple beauty to normal, and really it’s where we most fully participate and experience what it means to love and be loved. So, thank you, Anna, for allowing me to experience the beauty of your normal and for giving me fresh eyes to see it in my own marriage.
Patrick and Anna were married this past weekend at Lydia Mountain, a breathtakingly beautiful destination in Greene County, Virginia. If you don’t remember these two love birds, click here and here to see the engagement pictures I shot of them at the UVA Gardens last month. The morning started off with a high-intensity game of ultimate frisbee and then the bride and groom and the wedding party were off to the cabins to start getting ready.
When I first arrived, I followed the signs to…
Anna was already busy getting ready. Such pretty curls!
Here is the youngest bridesmaid trying out the eyelash curler…
The dress! (Drum roll please)
And here is the final product…such a beauty!!
Here I told Anna to give me a little sass. Work it, girl.
Meanwhile, John was over in…
with Patrick, the handsome groom.
So sharp, Pat.
Back at Granny B, I was getting shots of Anna and her girls (which actually included me!) But first, the bouquet. I can’t help myself. She had a luscious bouquet of pink and white peonies. SWOON!
Then Anna’s mom arrived, and what a precious moment it was between mom and daughter.
A few more cabin shots of the bride….
Then we took Anna and her bridesmaids over to an open field for some more portraits. Anna you are truly breathtaking.
So this is only Part I of I don’t know how many! There is so much more to come. Please come back soon.
Un abrazo y feliz viernes! (translation = you rock and it’s the weekend!)