a little less than two years ago i went to the annual wppi conference in las vegas. i was eighteen years old, a few months out of high school, trying to figure out this massive photography industry. through my friend sarah, i heard of a group of young girls (aged seventeen to twenty) who were looking for another roommate & also coming to wppi for the first time that year. christi ann was one of these girls. it was such an incredible week because the other girls we stayed with were as follows: abigail smith, kristen leigh, cait butt. all friends of mine across the continent to this day.
christi and i have stayed in touch since that first meeting; she even flew out to vancouver last year and visited me for a long weekend and i have been to raleigh to visit her and cait once before. christi had told me a lot about her wonderful boyfriend, gideon & how they had been dating for years. well… unofficially since she was fifteen. officially since she turned eighteen. ;) this past spring, gideon and christi were engaged and she began planning an october wedding. i flew out this past weekend with leanne to shoot her and gideon’s wedding & it was a wonderful, wonderful, laugh-filled time.
this weekend was a very different experience for me… photographing a friend’s wedding. leanne & i stayed at christi’s house the night before the wedding and we got to attend the rehearsal, the rehearsal dinner and stay up talking late at night with the bride. ;) not a regular occurrence. christi + gideon were absolutely adorable at their rehearsal dinner–they stood in front of about fifty family and friends and pretty much simultaneously began to cry together. i love emotion. i think it’s beautiful. it’s been a long five years of growing up together. breaking up and making up. no one claims young relationships + young marriages are easy but i know God has his incredible hand of blessing upon these two as they walk into their future as husband & wife. christi, i love you so much! so delighted to see you finally married and lovin’ it. may you two have a marriage full of love shared, growth experienced & lessons learned. and to everyone who showed us good ol’ southern hospitality, thank you. you have no idea how loved we felt! enjoy the photos.