This July, I had the pleasure of being a pre-wedding photographer for the sweetest couple. We met Amy & Tom several years ago while backpacking in Glacier National Park. By chance, we learned that they were also from Seattle, and we’ve been friends ever since. Last year, they both stood in our wedding party and this year, we were happy to support them in turn by reading during the ceremony. They were married on July 4, at the House Mountain Inn in their hometown of Lexington, Virginia.
While the girls spent the hours leisurely having their hair styled and makeup done, the guys went swimming in a nearby river and got ready at the last minute. Oh, the luxury of being a man! Tom and his groomsmen wore kilts to honor his Scottish heritage, each colored with the tartan (pattern) of his family’s clan. Amy dressed in a traditional gown and was a little self-conscious about being made up. She and Tom are both avid hikers and climbers, and if you know anything about Seattlites, you know the kind of laid-back person I’m describing.
But once the dress was on and Amy saw herself as a bride, she started tearing up, then crying outright. This was her moment. It was real. It was wonderful. Her mom cried; she cried. When her dad came to see her, there were more tears. Her bridesmaids kept tissues held under Amy’s eyes to save her makeup. (You can see this, and her younger sister grinning in the background in one of the lower photos.) So many emotions were flying around the suite… Between the laughter and the tears, all of us felt a little giddy.
Tom & Amy held a lovely ceremony in the summer sun and a reception in the Inn’s Great Room. After the morning as a photographer, I passed the torch to their other pros and retired to enjoy the night as a wedding guest. And what a night it was… an Independence Day to remember!
Congratulations, Tom & Amy. I’m glad to have met you, and even happier to have shared in your wedding vows. May your love shine as true as your spirits!
[Editorial Note: I love the above photo because he’s holding her bouquet and she’s holding a beer…]