More and more I think of life as a script, with personally written scenes that come together, sometimes make sense, sometimes don't - but always play out the way they were written, and the way they were meant to play out.
That, in a way, was my experience with Kara and Justin's wedding last week. Kara had hired me, sight unseen, and when I arrived at the venue, I realized that the location of their beautiful celebration was my old hometown. The place where I grew up, wrestled with the angst of my youth, found both comfort and alienation, and today, am grateful to revisit.
Kara and Justin were married at St. Aloysius Church, in Cresson, PA, with a very casual and WAY fun reception at the groom's parent's house in my hometown of Ebensburg. Not only did I love the easy and relaxed atmosphere of their outdoor barbecue / picnic / reception, but I felt like a participant in this one - having bumped into some of my old high school classmates there - and one former teacher who literally helped to change the course of my life at a time when I felt especially lost. (Thank you forever Lynn. And thank you, Bridget. John lives on in your beautiful family. And in a "Photograph" that we now share.)
Some favorite moments from this wedding: The 'go with the flow' attitude of Kara, from the time I first responded to her inquiry to the time I said good bye that night. She was my ultimate bride; happy to just be there, with her handsome spouse, good friends, good food, perfect weather, and an adorable puppy who kept trying to make Kara's dress a rawhide. I loved Justin's handsome smile, the way he looked at Kara, the way he talked with their guests - like everyone was a best friend. I loved seeing people have such genuine fun - nothing stuffy or pretentious - just FUN. Oh, and the band, The Lava Game Band, was friggin amazing. I loved the whole evening. Absolutely everything about it. (except when I dripped mustard on my white silk shirt. That was a drag.)
Thank you, Kara and Justin - for trusting me with such an important day in your lives - and for an even more personal gift of helping me to welcome my past. I was honored to be your photographer.