Once in a blue moon, we do something crazy. At Grace and Jesse’s wedding we did a same day edit. This is not typical as this usually requires three shooters, heavy coordination, and some mad editing skills. But it came together, and it was all worth it to see Grace and Jesse’s expression as they watched it.
When we first met them at Will + Chelsea’s wedding (we will have that soon as well), we knew her as a wedding planner. One of the best planners we have ever worked with.
Knowing that, we knew one of the story lines was going to be a wedding planned by a wedding planner.
But in a short time (on their wedding weekend to be exact) we learned so much more. For one thing, a wedding planner is as good as the people who help her. And Grace sure did have a lot of good people to help. Friends and family from afar transformed their wedding reception site into a early 20th century themed setting. Even their two-year-old son, Avery pitched in. And yes Avery, we are still there even if you close your eyes.
And with every wedding, there are always hiccups, from sewing on a last minute button on your vintage dress, to performing emergency surgery on a dress shirt. But it all comes together.
From their gifts we realized that it was a long journey from a chance meeting during swing dancing at the Grad to this point in their lives. But through their faith, their love for their son, the love of their friends and family, and finally their love for one another, it was a journey well worth it.
I will end this post with this. Typically we encourage all our couples to write their vows to one another. The reason we encourage this is because we believe that emotions show best when you personalize your words. I admit that I am a sucker for well-written vows. Most of them I end up tearing up on. When Grace and Jesse told us they were repeating vows, we were slightly disappointed. But I have to say this, when I saw Grace and Jesse fight back tears because their vows meant so much, I had a hard time fighting back my own tears. I learned that moment, that no matter what you say, it’s powerful, as long as you say it with heart.