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High School Sweethearts Reunited

November 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

So I've been slacking on this blog thing and have A LOT of things to catch up on! Let's start with one of my favorite combo of events this year...

Boy meets girl. Boy and girl date. Boy and girl break up. Boy and girl go their separate ways, hitting many bumpy patches along life's journey. Matured man and woman reunite, and realize their feelings for each other are still strong...so begins an epic love story that I had the pleasure of capturing this past summer. With Michelle and Chris being my close friends, my normal levels of being excited for an engagement shoot were multiplied by 1,000. So with a history like high school sweethearts who went their separate ways and reunited -- I knew we HAD to do the session at their Alma Matter, Pequannock Township High School.

 

What troopers! They were willing to wake up at what seemed like the crack of dawn to get the best light for that time of year, so clearly a coffee run was needed.

 

We had a fun morning, channeling our inner high school student, playing around under the bleachers, lying in the grass, writing on the parking lot with chalk. From there we discovered a car show going on across the street, so of course we had to stop by and convince the owner of one of the cars to let them in...

 

Later during sunset we trekked up to the Monksville Reservoir to channel our inner country folk this time with some cowboy inspired attire for another feel to the awesome and playful couple's personalities.

 

It was a long but fun and silly day that included an attack from a nest of dragonflies (yes...apparently if you are me they WILL divebomb your head...), silly faces and goofy jokes such as "really? I have to kiss him AGAIN?!"

 

 

Then in September, I had the pleasure and challenge of photographing the wedding and being in it! Thankfully, with my trusted photog partner Becky at my side I somehow managed to pull this off. They had a simple country-style DIY backyard wedding at a friends house with their closest friends and family. While the bride was off getting her hair done (which Becky covered for me) and while the groom and groomsmen were getting ready at the couple's apartment, I stayed back at the house with a few more members of the bridal party and the brides aunt and uncle doing last minute decorating. The bride's aunt had somehow managed to borrow some items here and there and created an incredible fairy tale feel, to a regular old backyard.

 

One of the hardest parts of the first half of the day was sneaking Michelle in and out of the house for portraits without Chris or any guests seeing her. But we teamed up, created a wall and kept her out of sight! My job during the ceremony was to walk down the aisle with my bouquet, and pick up my camera once I got to the end and swing into photographer mode. It was a struggle to make myself not listen to the vows so I could focus on the photography because I almost started crying!

 

One of the most personally frustrating moments however was when I found myself incredibly jealous of the awesome group shot Becky staged with the bridal party that I couldn't take because I was in! Have I mentioned how awesome my photography partner is?

 

The amount of love and happiness in the air that day was stunning, which is exactly what this strong and perfectly matched couple deserves. It went off without a hitch, with several surprises for a nearly-overwhelmed Michelle and Chris. Including a 10 minute long choreographed dance brought to you by 4 members of the bridal party with cameos by the 2 junior bridesmaids and the flower girl. Guess whose brilliant plan that was....guilty!


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