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It has been an absolutely crazy week since Frankie and Nichole got married. This is, of course, not about me, but wow- the wedding busy season with a very tiny baby PLUS a toddler- this? This is a whole ‘nother level.

I always do a write up about the weddings I feature on my blog, and these awesome newlyweds have been waiting so patiently (and a few days longer than I usually like to take to do this) for their sneak peek that there’s a part of me who wants to skip the write up and just jump right into the photos.

Also, I am ever so slightly worried about them vacationing in Hawaii with its breaking news about volcanic eruptions, evacuations and toxic volcano fumes. I want to get them some wedding photos in the event that they are having to completely rearrange their honeymoon while in progress, so you have something good to focus on in the event that you are super stressed. Or maybe you’re on a completely different island and are not at all affected, but you just want to see some more photos! More photos. ALL THE PHOTOS!

Fair enough. :)

I do want to say one thing about this wedding, though. Listen, families are ever-changing, dynamic things, and lots of people have drama and dysfunction in their extended families. It’s just the way it goes sometimes. Weddings can bring out the best and worst in people, and I have seen it all- no judgment.

But that was not *at all* the case for these newlyweds and their families and wedding party. They only brought out the best in each other. Both families genuinely get along, amongst themselves and with each other. Both the bride and groom have amazing friendships spanning decades in some cases, although the groom’s bromances are particularly remarkable.

In the week since the wedding, I keep finding my thoughts returning to the relationships and the friendships I documented.

I keep thinking, “That was so nice. They are #goals.” Like, truly, I hope my sons grow up to be as close as Frank and his brother/best man Anthony are. In 25-30 years when my boys are grown and get married, I hope they both love, honor and include their godparents in their weddings as much as this bride and groom loved, honored and included *their* godparents. I hope *my* parents bring as much joy and energy to their roles as (far-in-the-future) grandparents of the groom(s), serving communion and weeping with joy and rocking out on the dance floor. I hope to spin at least one of my sons around the dance floor to “Beautiful Boy” (the son Frank’s mom chose) because I’ve been singing that to them since before they were born. Seeing Frank and Nichole join their lives and begin a new branch of this uniquely bonded family tree was just lovely, and I wish for you many, many years of happiness.

That said, guys, seriously? Your indoor fireworks were AMAZEBALLS and the Viennese hour? There are no words.

There are, however, pictures! Without further ado, here they are…

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Alissa had one of the most stressful wedding planning periods I’ve ever heard of. (Worse than my client last summer whose parents house lost power and water for a week prior to the big day, even.) It would be enough to make anyone bitter, shrug their shoulders and just freakin’ elope already. Not Alissa. Every step of the way, she stood up for herself. She carried on. She threw herself into her Do-It-Yourself centerpieces and pre-wedding celebrations. She was the embodiment of keeping calm and carrying on. And honestly? I think it’s because she was marrying the right person.

Jason is a deeply caring, sensitive person. He is funny. He is genuine. He loves his dad so much he made him an honor attendant. They met on the subway in a “meet cute” story that is so funny and wonderful that the relative who read it aloud made everyone laugh until they cried during the ceremony. I’m going to share that story now, in Alissa’s words from an excited email she sent me last January…

In the bride’s words: “On a crisp winter’s day, Jason and his best friend Jeremy boarded the F Train heading up-town to Bryant Park. In the midst of their friendly banter, at the west 4th street station, they were interrupted by a girl asking for directions. That girl was Alissa, and she sat down across from the two friends.

When Alissa and Jason’s eyes met; a rush of tingles, beginning in their stomachs spread over their entire bodies. Unable to keep their eyes off each other, something had to be said. An influx of courage and confidence came over Jason, and the first words spoken between the two came out of Jason’s mouth. “So, where ya headed?” Brilliant; this seemed good enough for Alissa as she replied “Bryant Park.” Chit chat persisted until they both reached the shared destination between all three of them.

As they left the train and headed up the stairs, Jason formally introduced himself and his friend. The three of them gathered near the turnstiles that exits the station. An awkward pause hung as silence filled the air. With no excuse for his lack of action whatsoever, except for the anxiety of receiving yet another disappointment; Jason said nothing but “It was nice meeting you.” Alissa replied, “Same to you, and have a great holiday.” With that, they went their separate ways. Then Jeremy called Jason a “sissy.” He was right. Jason just missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime… or did he?

Unknown at the time to Jason, Jeremy exited the same direction as Alissa did. As Alissa reached the top of the stairs, she turned to take one last look and saw Jeremy. Knowing that she herself may have just missed the only opportunity to have met someone that she felt a special connection to, she took action. Reaching in her purse, Alissa pulled out her business card. Handing it to Jeremy she said, “Can you give this to your friend, I think he’s cute.”

The whole subway ride home to Queens Jason’s head was filled with regret, knowing that he blew his one chance to have met someone so beautiful, and so special. As he exited the 7 train station at Jackson Avenue, his cell phone buzzed with a voicemail. It was Jeremy. “I hate you. That hot chick on the train gave me her phone number, to give to YOU!” Immediately Jason called Jeremy to obtain the phone number from the card without hesitation. After pacing around his apartment for some time contemplating whether he should follow the two day rule, he gave in and called her.

Somehow, someway; within the sheer magnitude of the largest city in America, on that specific car on that specific afternoon at that specific time, these two met. Since that day Alissa and Jason have been together for four years; and have shared countless memories together, only to now embark on a new journey together.”

I can’t say it any better than that! Here are the photos of that new journey’s beginning… Congrats, you two!

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say this again, but seriously, all of my client brides who were my high school friends and all of my clients who were college friends should really get together and have, like, a softball tournament or something. Anna Marie and I went to college together, and it was so awesome to get to shoot her wedding to Paul on Saturday.

He clearly just loves her so much. You could see it in his smile as she walked down the aisle toward him, in the way he kissed her hand when they were sitting side by side on the altar during the ceremony and when he wiped away her tears during her brother’s toast at the reception. I think perhaps my favorite moment, though, when was Anna Marie rocked out on the drum set right after the first dance. I feel so lucky that I got to be there and represent the SU drumline. It’s one of my favorite photos in this whole post.

I also love, love, love this first one of the newlyweds with the tulips (totally worth laying on the ground among the goose poop to get it) as well as AnnaMarie’s veil blowing in the wind in the black and white shot by the lake. The breeze was whipping her veil around and driving her a little bit nuts, but I’m so glad she let me talk her into keeping in on just a little bit longer for a few pictures. Thank so much for trusting me with your wedding memories you guys! I hope you have a long and happy marriage!

Filled Under : Wedding