if serendipity is a fortunate discovery you make by accident while looking for something else entirely,
what's it called when unfolding before your eyes appears
exactly what (in your wildest dreams!) you were hoping to find?
baba and bridesmaids crossed the quaint little bridge from the hawthorne house heading to the chapel. there's nothing directed or posed about this picture ~ i was simply crossing the bridge from the other direction, having just come from taking some camera equipment to the ceremony site. love how each bridesmaid is positioned, including even the spacing and movement of the blue dresses (worn by baba's sisters) within the sea of green. love, too, how that railing pulls your eyes in and how the wee bit of camera tilt provides some dance to the image, but that the picture is still grounded vertically.
when moments like this appear, we hear the hallelujah chorus in our heads, no kidding.
and when something works, stick with it!
same bridge, same idea, still with cute girls (but this time, the 2 moms with dads in hand)
what a day! what wonderful people!! what a perfect location!!! what a fun party!!!!
guests came from around the world to be with tad + baba and it's easy to see why.
(a new contender for my favorite family group picture ever:)
and a locale even more scrumptious with the addition of hundreds upon hundreds of dainty and delicious brazilian sweets that baba and her mom and sisters has spent the week making for guests. amazing and delectable!
and how beautiful is this girl! beauty inside and out in the truest sense:
. . . down to the tiniest of details
as i was creating the images you see above, look what annika miller saw (and captured perfectly!) from the corner of the room:
baba had asked her dad to walk her down to where she'd have a private moment with tad.
these pictures not only show how beautiful baba is (and the cuteness of her sweet dad!) but how very lovely the hawthorne house setting proves to be from every angle
and just look at these expressions as she turned while tad was walking toward her:
love it, love it, love it!!!
moments later annika and i were close enough to hear tad say
"i so want to grab you right now but i don't want to mess you up" ~
to which baba (a SilverBox kind of girl!) said "oh, just DO IT!"
one of the things we most loved about this venue is that it offers a lovely and quiet place to get dressed,
a beautiful and spacious reception room with sprawling grounds and ALSO a charming chapel.
t's all right there!
my favorite picture from inside the chapel is probably this one;
another one of those unplanned, unposed yet perfect moments
and did i share a detail from inside the ballroom yet? the party was getting started as the sun began to set.
and here's an ballroom overview shot:
aaah, the golden hour from the window
wait, all these images and you have yet to see how very cute tad is, too!
i'm working on their wedding slideshow this very minute and again another realization:
WAIT! you've yet to see the party masks!
much to come via baba + tad's highlight slideshow,
but i don't want to wait one more second to thank and thank again
the fey family who is as gracious and kind as any group of people you'll ever meet,
annika miller for consistently making so many incredible pictures and for her amazing ability to mind-read,
and especially for alex + tim snyder for introducing us to baba + tad in the first place.
all my love to each of you. my life is richer because you're in it and oh how grateful i am.
"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures"
~ kahil gibran