It was the most romantic and heart felt ceremony that I have ever witnessed. I am in no way exaggerating when I say that there was not a dry eye during the ceremony, including mine. I may have actually been the worst, to be honest. The more I attempted to hold back the tears and concentrate on photographing the harder it became for me to see. Eventually giving up, I continued to shoot through tear stained eyes, praying that at least some would be in focus.
Much earlier this year, Sasha (a.k.a. Alexandra/ June) had told me that if she were to get married that she would want me to photograph her wedding (this was before Michael and her were engaged). My immediate response was . . . "No. I'm pretty sure I would poo my pants!!"
Sasha and I met and graduated from R.I.T. together, making her not only a fellow photographer, but also a best friend. It was this and the mere inevitable fact that a large majority of wedding guests would also be photographers (including the groom) that gave me the initial knee-jerk reaction. Little did I know, at the time, that this "mere inevitable fact" would be a blessing in disguise for me.
Michael and Sasha have the most amazing circle of friends, and I'm so glad to be a part of it. Being that a decent amount of Sasha's girl-friends are also, consequently, photographers, they were all asked to please bring their cameras, have fun and shoot. Thus, allowing for not only her wedding to be pretty well documented but her bachelorette party as well! To be honest, this was a saving grace for me. The day then became less about the nerves of me photographing "my best friends wedding day" and more about hanging out, having fun and shooting. The thing I LOVE to do.
I could not be happier or more thankful to have been given this chance by both Michael and Sasha. I have seen Sasha grow into the most amazing person and I am so overjoyed that she has found her prince. Michael is SO SO SO perfect for her and the love that they share for each other is so evident that it's nearly contagious.
Congratulations to the two of you!! I love you both so much and could not be happier for the both of you!!
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be a part of your amazing wedding day!!!
Your lives are off to a wonderful start!!!
BEAUTIFUL!!! Amazing location...gorgeous shots...the flowers and butterflies were awesome...and a great story...ReplyDelete
love the "poo my pants!!" part ;)
beautiful job, Jenelle
beautiful work jenelle!ReplyDelete
Beautiful photographs, beautiful couple, beautiful life. I'm so happy for all of you, Cheers!ReplyDelete
Janelle, amazing job. Sasha, sooooooo beautiful!!! LOVE the pics :DReplyDelete
Jenelle your photos are soooo gorgeous!! You definitely Captured Sasha and Michael Perfectly. If you like traveling we'll have to keep you in mind to shoot ours when the time comes. Beautiful job.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much everyone!! You have no idea how much it means to hear all of your support. It was such an inspiring wedding.ReplyDelete
Michael and Sasha really made it easy - they created the undeniable beauty - I was just lucky enough to be given the opportunity to capture it.
Amy . . . OF COURSE . . . I LOVE travel!! I'm just a phone call away!!! ;-)
We arrived home in California eager to power up our computer as Michael and Alexandra told us that a link to your photos of their wedding were waiting for us. You captured every beautiful moment for all of us to treasure forever. You are original and sensitive and you brought your awareness of every expression of the day into your photographs. Thank you also for entrusting me with your gift of dozens of butterflies nearly ready for release, the movement of their wings just awakening under the surface. I held something as dear as the day itself.ReplyDelete
Jenelle, thank you for your many gifts....one of them being these awesome photographs. You captured the magic of the day.....the texture and vivacious colors of the flowers, the charm of the setting, the wonderful weather, the excitement of friends and family, Alexandra's joy, Michael's contentment, and the ease of them being wrapped in each other. Love was everywhere, and you kept that exquisitely in focus. I will forever be grateful.ReplyDelete
Dear Mike and Alexandria,ReplyDelete
Mike, your mom sent us the link. It made us very happy to see how happy and beautiful you both are. We wish you the best of just about everything. Remember, keep kissing, all the time. Looking forward to the west coast party.
Dick and Michele
Absolutely gorgeous. Sasha looked so beautiful and you could see the groom's happiness in every shot. The location and the flowers were so perfectly original and the photos of the two of them are so tender. Absolutely love it!!!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous! Sasha you look AMAZING. So happy for you both! Cheers! xoxoReplyDelete
Jen - wow...these blew me away. I would say you do pretty well as an emotional wreck!! It's crazy how you captured sasha's glow - really makes me feel like I was experiencing it firsthand!ReplyDelete
Michael- I am so very happy for you! The wedding looked amazing and so beautiful. I hope we get to meet Alexandria one day soon. Get out here to CA!ReplyDelete
Congratulations to both of you!
With Much love! Dawn (McGuire) Shannon