There were so many things about this wedding that made up my incredible experience with this family. It wasn’t just the actual wedding day, it was the history and time spent getting to know not just Kat and Andrew, but getting to know their families as well. It took a while to get here but I am so stoked that I got to be a part of the stories of two sister’s wedding days over the past three years. I originally photographed the wedding of Kat’s sister, Roxanne back in 2011. That’s where I originally met Kat for the first time. So it was of course super exciting when she contacted me the following year about her wedding in Baltimore. Not only did she want me there, but was willing to do whatever she could to afford to fly me out to capture her and Andrew’s day. I don’t need to tell you how flattering that is. She didn’t just want a photographer she wanted my vision to tell her and Andrew’s story.
Upon flying into Baltimore I spent a day or so looking around the area by myself and meeting up with some online buddies face to face. I drank some of the local brews, ate some of the most delicious ice cream ever (thanks Jennifer!) and ate some of the most delicious gluten-free pizza ever (Thanks Nessa!). Then I got the chance to reunite with Kat and finally got to meet Andrew. I got to see familiar faces in Roxanne and Tanner, as well as Roxanne and Kat’s incredibly kind and sweet parents. I got to talk some camera nerd talk with Kat and Roxanne’s father, Ding for a bit too! We all met up at the venue for the initial walk through, as well as then they welcomed me to their family luncheon with Andrew’s family as well for some of the most delicious fresh Maryland Blue Crab that I have ever had. Which is good since I had only had our little California crabs out here ;)? I had to pinch myself for a moment thinking “Do I really get hired by people this awesome?”
The next day I showed up for the wedding with the awesome Nessa second shooting with me and after knowing how great this family was that we were in for a pretty wonderful wedding. It was hot and sticky, but it just didn’t matter. There were hugs and delicious food and tons of partying on the dance floor. I felt like one of the guests that day surrounded by familiar friendly faces that were happy to have me there.
In Labajo bride tradition, Kat surprised everyone by singing a special song during the reception. Andrew looked just so blissfully happy as his wife sang “1000 Years” to him in front of all their friends and family.
Thank you so much, Kat and Andrew for bringing me along on this journey. Thank you so much to the Labajo family for continuing to show me such love and support through the years. Thank you to Andrew’s parents for the delicious amazing crab luncheon I got to be a part of. It’s in times like these that all the hard work. The hours and hours of editing, and travel, and emails, and design, and all the work that goes into being a full time photographer that I know it’s all worth it. It is so, very worth it.
And another HUGE Thank you goes out to the adorable and wonderful Nessa who not only second shot this wedding with me, but also gave me her Mac n’ Cheese.