christa + brennan :: Vintage Garden Party wedding!

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Authenticity. I've been thinking about that word lately. How it guides us to do what we love and what feels meaningful. How it tells us when what we're doing doesn't feel right, if we're paying attention. And how the weddings I most enjoy photographing are those that are truly authentic.

Christa and Brennan's wedding was one of these . . . their wedding was unquestionably, wondrously, authentically THEM. I love how Christa describes herself and Brennan: "We're both old souls."  Brennan knew from the get-go that he wanted an outdoor wedding, so his Aunt Robin (a hostess extraordinaire!) offered up her backyard. They decorated it with the things they love:  swing & rockabilly music, games, old books, wildflowers, and family heirlooms (including china painted by Christa's grandma). And another special touch: guests brought dishes to share for a potluck that included several family favorite "signature" dishes.

Take special note of this clever use of the Brennan's grandfather's typewriter as a guestbook! This is the very same typewriter his grandfather used when he was a reporter working for the same radio station where Brennan now works. WOW!

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Here a some more favorite shots from the day . . . my personal favorites are those when Christa and Brennan first see each other, gifts in hand.

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christa and brennan, you two are so beloved by your friends and family. I hope you are still basking in the warmth of all that friends-and-family-wedding-day-love. And by the way, the reading from your ceremony was the best I've heard. Would you mind sharing that passage with other silver lining readers? who wrote it and where we can find it? It was all about "keeping it real" . . . AUTHENTIC love. gotta love that!

~kim & amy