When Mark and Michelle invited me to be a part of their wedding day, I was thrilled. It was just over a year ago that I met Mark while photographing Craig and Stephanie Rapp‘s Glen Iris wedding, who have since become dear friends. As we all sat talking over a campfire after the reception, I’ll never forget how Mark beamed when he mentioned Michelle’s name and spoke of their future together. I couldn’t wait to meet the woman who had had such a profound effect on him. Michelle and I finally met months later, and she was everything Mark had described. Petite, kind, beautiful, and bubbling with cheerfulness. She is one of those people that you meet and instantly feel like you’ve known her for much longer. For Mark, he had known her for a large portion of his life, and as the years passed, he could not get her out of his mind. The two had become friends in 6th grade and even dated briefly in high school. They went their separate ways in college, but kept in touch during that time. I can’t help but wonder how many times their junior prom song played over again in their heads as they both reminisced of holding each other tight on the dance floor. That love that had blossomed so young had taken root in their hearts, and only a week after Michelle finished college, the two started dating again. They have been together ever since. As Michelle told their story, she could not stop smiling as she gushed about Mark.
It was no different when I returned to Rochester, NY to photograph their wedding in July. Even when I asked Michelle for a serious face for one picture, she couldn’t keep that radiant smile off her pretty face. And after all, why should she? It was finally their day. It was such a delight to be back in Rochester for a few days to catch up with friends and shoot the Steiner’s wedding. From pre-service beers in the garage to reception champagne on the dance floor, every moment with the bridal party was a blast. I am especially thankful to have had my good friend, Michael Hanlon, shooting with me. He is one of the most talented photographers I have worked with in Rochester, and it was such an honor to shoot side by side with him. Here are just a few of the many images we captured this weekend.
Two of my favorite images, below, were taken by Mike. Love the expressions on Mark’s parents faces as the ring bearer runs down the aisle!
Couldn’t resist posting these snapshots of some of my favorite people looking fabulous!!
These guys are so fun!! They rocked the rest of the evening away on the dance floor. Thanks so much Michelle and Mark for having us! xoxo