I have found the one who my soul loves — Song of Solomon 3:4
This is the quote that Laura and Justin asked me to use at the beginning of their engagement book, and I can’t think of anything that suits them more. It’s such a rare and wonderful thing to meet two people who have not only found each other in love, but also in deep, soul-touching harmony, and it was a privilege to be a part of this very special day, when they stood in front of their family and friends and very simply and sweetly shared their unique bond. I am so grateful that I can call them my friends.
After our fantastic and fun engagement session, I knew that it was going to be a breeze to capture all of the joy of their wedding day. Laura and Justin have been together for nine years and so all of their guests just seemed like one big family, which made my job so easy. I started out at Laura’s sister (and Matron of Honor) Stacie’s house where the girls were just hanging out and having fun. Little Delaney, who was one of the flower girls, was such a good helper to me, showing me all of the good spots in the house where I should be taking photographs. She also tried out Laura’s shoes, just for practice 😉 My girl Jess spent the morning with Justin and the guys, who were getting ready over at Laura and Justin’s sweet house on the lake. That’s where they did their First Look, which gave me goosebumps. I love when couples can totally shut out the world around them and just belong to each other in that wonderful moment when they see their partner for the first time. I wish we’d had more time to just lounge by the water and soak in all of the love, but this couple had to get married!
We headed out to Devens Common where Laura and Justin spoke their own vows to each other in a lovely outdoor ceremony, and then we headed in for the party. Laura’s dad knows that Justin is a big Boston Bruins fan, and so he surprised the couple by having the one and only (can you imagine two?) Rene Rancourt come to sing for them. Everyone’s reaction was priceless, and it was a great kick-off to an excellent reception. Laura never ever ever ever stops smiling, and it is completely infectious. Justin might be the sweetest groom that ever was. Lots of dancing and laughing, wonderful toasts, and even a surprise drum solo from one of Laura’s uncles (thanks to the band Bayside for letting him step in!). At one point in the evening Laura told me that she knew she had found the right photographer for her and Justin because I just “got” it. Love? Yes, I get it. And I was thrilled beyond measure to share it with these amazing people.
Laura and Justin, I am convinced that we are friends for life. I am planning to show up at your house soon to just gaze out the window at the view. Let’s have champagne. xoxoxoxox
Venue: Devens Common | Hair and Makeup: As You Like It Salon | Floral: Black Iris Floral Design | Band: Bayside