I have known both Sherri and Jeff since we were all in middle school. We actually graduated in the same high school class, so I was elated when they contacted me about photographing their wedding.
We have all been Facebook friends for a while, so I had observed how their relationship had blossomed into a romance. It was inspiring to see how they had reconnected after not seeing each other for several years.
The day began at the quaint Victoria Wedding Chapel in Waterford, Michigan. The chapel sits on some beautiful lakefront property, so lakeside weddings are very popular at Victoria. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and we were forced inside. On the upside, Victoria Wedding Chapel also features a beautiful little indoor chapel.
Sherry and Jeff didn’t let the rain dampen the mood, though. As you look through the photos in the slideshow, you can see that they kept their beaming smiles all day long.
The most inspirational part of the day, however, was during the ceremony. Both Sherri and Jeff had written their own vows and read them to each other. I had read some pretty impressive and sweet posts between the two on Facebook, but nothing like this. I have photographed hundreds of weddings, and I can honestly say that I have never heard such tender, heart-felt, sincere and beautiful vows. A couple times, I literally caught myself whispering “wow” under my breath as they read to each other.
From the limo and the chapel to the reception meal and the first dance, the day was beautiful and inspiring. I am so happy for my longtime friends and I know they are going to be so very happy together.
Thanks, Sherry and Jeff for allowing me to participate in such an emotion-filled day.