The following text message arrived on our phone, 6 weeks after Anna & Brian’s wedding…
“Some sad news, Anna’s father passed away this morning suddenly. I was wondering if you would be able to send a picture of her and her dad or her dad and mom together that we could use for the funeral.” – Brian
Living and breathing Anna and Brian’s wedding photos ever since, has been a transcendental rollercoaster of emotions. In that one magical day, Anna’s dad had left such a sweet, beautiful impression on Erika and me. We saw and felt first hand how much joy this wonderful man brought to so many. It was palpable all day long… from his welcoming smile in the morning, to his unabashed dancing at night… he was life, epitomized. Little did anyone know, the photos we made on that day would become some of the last visual chronicles of his vibrant presence on Earth. The weight of the role we play as family historians, had never felt so heavy… so consequential.
Fittingly, Anna and Brian’s wedding was, by all accounts, a brazen celebration of life and love. It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of the utter joy and happiness that Anna and Brian seem to affect in everyone around them… from the littlest kids… to the cutest grandmas. Just genuine good souls with so much love to go around. We were welcomed in like old friends and our cameras stayed pressed up against our smiling faces all day long.
Chesapeake Bay Beach Club was the perfect setting for everything… from their intimate little ceremony set to the beautiful tunes of Gina Sobel, to the spectacular crab cake dinner, to the raucous dance floor… the shenanigans on which were fuelled all night long by the high-energy musical performances of Spectrum. Filming right alongside us were the calm, cool and collected Wise brothers (Ethan and Aaron of Wise Films), working their cinematic magic. And bending over backwards with big beaming smiles, were Jeanne & Macy of Enchanting Events & Design who had everything looking like magic and running like clockwork.
Drenched with love, life, and loss… this was a wedding our emotions will never let us forget. It epitomized for us, so much about what is best about life, love, and family. Anna and Brian, thank you and your families so much for trusting us with these precious memories! Immortalizing them for you was an honour our words cannot describe (but hopefully these photos can).