December 11, 2018
There is a calmness about her. A peace. Her favorite girls flutter around her in excitement, yet she remains calm. Even as her mom and best friend laugh with nervousness as they struggle to fasten the buttons on her ivory lace gown, Carrie remains patient and still. She’s waited for this day. Her smile widens when she thinks of the next few hours. Her eyes water when she thinks of her groom seeing her in this gorgeous gown.
Joey walks with confidence. A pep in his step. His face filled with joy and excitement all throughout the day. His smile remains as he waits for the touch of Carrie’s hand. He turns, almost gasps at her beauty, and then buries his face in her shoulder. The confident young man so moved by his bride’s beauty it brings him to tears.
Their first-look hug was one for the record books. In fact, I told Carrie, they are all the best huggers. Every hug I captured throughout the day was so easy to get because they lasted so long and must have been squeezing so hard! Once Carrie saw Joey for the first time, her calm smiles turned to joyful, crinkle-nosed laughs. The two of them together added so much life to the celebration. (My favorite being when the two of them would look at each other with “OMGosh, we’re getting married!!” open-mouthed laughter and smiles.)
Carrie & Joey – watching you walk hand-in-hand throughout the day, dip-n-kissing like bosses, and dancing and singing at the top of your lungs at your reception was such a thrill. I have no doubt in my mind that your life will be so much fun and that you will continue to spread joy and love to all you encounter.
All I can think is ‘what an amazing journey these two are on’ and I feel so privileged to be a part of it.