weddings

Joy to the World

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Many of my friends have had a tough year, marked with loss and sadness. Many other friends have experienced a year of success, new births, and reasons for hope. All of us will face both ups and downs in the coming year, including me. I recently read an interview with Stephen Colbert in GQ, in which he cites the above quote, and talks about how he dealt with the loss of his dad and two brothers in a plane crash when he was 10. He’s a thoughtful guy, and he’s thought about this a lot. One of the things he says that has stuck with me is this: “The world—it’s so . . . lovely. I’m very grateful to be alive.” I’ve been trying to be mindful of this every day.

Each year I get to witness the loveliness of the world firsthand, time and time again. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be at so many celebrations where love, joy, and peace are so evident.

I wanted to put together a short two-minute slideshow of 45 of my favorite portraits and wedding images from this past year. Please forgive me if your favorite image isn’t in there—it was a challenge to whittle them down, and I had to set aside many favorite shots.

I hope some of these images will make you laugh or cry, but most of all my wish is that you’ll find hope for the world in all the love, joy and peace so present in these images.

I’m grateful for you all.

Christine + Cody

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Christine and Cody’s beautiful wedding at The Mountain Top Inn and Resort was a perfect combination of loving family and fun-loving friends in a perfect Vermont setting.
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Weather Underground predicted an 80% chance of rain at the time of the ceremony, yet the skies cleared a few minutes before Christine walked down the aisle and it was gorgeous summer weather for the rest of the weekend.

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Christine wanted to surprise her bridesmaids with her beautiful dress. It worked!

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Meanwhile, over in the boy’s room, Cody and his team were remarkably on schedule.

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Christine’s dad attending to the final details. It was his job to keep the groomsmen on task, no small feat.

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A storybook arrival on a dreamlike day!

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Christine and Cody have a few quiet moments together after the ceremony.

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A borrowed jacket helps take the chill off, and Christine’s brothers keep her dress off the grass.

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It was a chocolate cake. These are my people.

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Christine and her dad dance. There were not many dry eyes in the house!

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Cody and his mom dancing to “Here Comes the Sun.”

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. People from Maine can dance with a beer in their hand. And they do.

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Christine and Cody, congratulations on a beautiful start to your wonderful life together. Thanks again for letting me be a part of your amazing day!

 

Kirsten + Jim

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Kirsten and Jim’s wedding was a delightful mix of rustic simplicity and elegant celebration.

 

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The intimate family ceremony was held at the summit of Mt. Holyoke in Skinner State Park in Amherst, Massachusetts.

 

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A second ceremony included Kirsten and Jim’s many friends at the stunning Garden House at Look Park in Northampton.

 

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The day was characterized by the natural beauty of a spring wedding, Kirsten and Jim’s joy of being married, their enjoyment of their friends and family, and a lot of laughter!

 

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Congratulations Kirsten and Jim! It was an amazing day, and Leslie and I were so psyched to be with you both!