"Everything happens for a reason." It's funny how many times I see this quote, hear people say it, and each time I feel a different way about it. I think it mostly depends on what mood I'm in the day I hear it :) Sometimes it's hard to believe something like this because we all know life isn't always rainbows and butterflies... and it's hard to imagine what reason there could be for the bad things that sometimes happen in our worlds. But most of the time, I find it to be completely true. If there was ever a couple that proved it, it was Katie and Sarin.
I have listened to Katie and Sarin's meeting story several times. I asked about it when I first met them, I asked at their engagement shoot, and I asked on their wedding day. I did this because I have the memory of ten second Tom (if you've ever seen 50 First Dates, you'll understand this reference), but also because I love hearing the couples tell the meeting story. It's always the one that seems to get them the most excited, and in those moments of honesty I get to know my clients on such a personal level. What I can tell you about Sarin and Katie's meeting story was that it was purely chance that she went out that night. Her roommate happened to be sweet on a guy, Katie got roped into going to a bar as a wingwoman, and the rest is history. She met Sarin, they started dating, and according to Sarin's summary to the Justice of the Peace, Katie just stuck around. A lot. And he didn't mind. And although neither had planned it when they went out that night, they fell in love. Katie didn't want to go out that night, but standing there with them on their wedding night, the reason she ended up being out was abundantly clear. It all happened for a reason.
The first time I met Katie and Sarin was at a Panera Bread in Braintree, and ever since then I've been hooked on them (oh, and also, Toffee Nut Cookies, thanks to the evil Panera employee that came around with free samples)... anyways, I was so excited when they booked me and I was thrilled to be part of such a special time in their lives, both photographing their engagement session and then their wedding. When I arrived at the hotel on Saturday, Katie gave me a huge hug and we caught up for a few minutes. And as I was documenting the getting ready process, she told me how comfortable she was having me there and how much it meant to her to have someone she trusted with her. I have to say, this is always the highest compliment a photographer can get from a bride, and I was so happy hearing it. Just like everything else, I truly believe that there was a reason behind Katie coming across my work on Facebook and hiring me, and for that I am grateful.
Katie and Sarin, world travelers that they are, are currently honeymooning in Thailand, so I don't know when they will see these pics, but I wanted to share some favorites from the day!
Katie and Sarin did a First Look, which I could not have loved any more. My second shooter was there before us with the guys, and she found a perfect spot for it!
Love the next two...
Is there any question why I love them so much?
Katie's bouquet was amazing...it was almost as beautiful as she was!!!
You know how I love a good colored door shot...
Katie and Sarin exchanged wedding rings, as well as performed a traditional Cambodian string tying ceremony. I love when I learn about a different culture's wedding traditions!
Mr. and Mrs. :)
We did a few more photos right after the ceremony. How cute are these three? I love that Katie's youngest nephew was undeterred in eating salmon on a stick while I took this picture :)
The light behind the barn was gorgeous, and I begged Katie and Sarin for a couple more photos...
Katie did an incredible job with her wedding details. When she told me in an email one day that her theme was vintage travel, I squealed. I am a complete sucker for old postcards, vintage suitcases, antique world maps... and Katie incorporated all of these elements and more! Btw, Katie, don't let me forget to ask you where you got the world map with the pins... I was looking for one that exact size :)
Their cake was awesome and fit right into the theme!
Snuck this shot at the bar ;-)
Katie is a girl after my own heart... she is VERY into Journey... please see bottom lefthand photo :)
I'll save one of my favorites for the end. Katie and Sarin, thank you so much for having me on such an important day of your lives. I have felt like you guys were friends of mine since the minute I met you, and I can't wait to keep in touch as you start this next chapter as husband and wife. I wish you all the happiness in the world, and let's hang out when you get back from your honeymoon! I'd like to live vicariously through you and pretend it was me on a kick-butt trip :) XOXO!!!
Second Shooter: Shannon Grant Photography
Venue: Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm
Rentals: New England Country Rentals
Caterer: Vinwood Catering
Florist: Bowler & Jones
Makeup: Dior (Katie Matthias)
Justice of the Peace: Barbara Khan, Medford, MA
Ceremony Music: Boston String Quartet
Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Angelo
Suits: Russo Tux, Andover, MA