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julia & joshua–married

julia and joshua got married the day AFTER the 2nd most popular wedding date this year…they had a very small family affair…the closest the catholic church will let you come to an elopement…in portsmouth on 8/9/08.

the thing i love about these two…is they are so anti-traditional…and so ORTHODOX…which, by its very nature is fairly traditional.  they had a full catholic mass for their ceremony…but she wore a brown dress.

they took communion together…but they also walked up and down the aisle together.

(i love that they kind of look like they’re making a business deal…for LIFE.)

after the ceremony, we stole a few minutes in the church to take some portraits of the two of them.  i think this was the perfect place for it.  they are SO into each other…they didn’t even know i was there…and their ceremony was so…i don’t know how to describe it…it was one of the more meaningful ceremonies i have witnessed since i started going to weddings for a living.  my favourite part was where father marcos reminded them that the human marital relationship is an earthly mirror of Christ’s love for the church…and it is their responsibility to model that to those around them through commitment and service to each other.

as i said above, their wedding was very small…just family and a few close friends.  but julia has something like 9 brothers and sisters, so once you add in spouses and their children, the group pictures were something to behold!  i figured the smaller family units would appreciate taking advantage of having a professional photographer around willing to take family pictures.

(you know about me and letting little girls really ENJOY their pretty dresses.)

this is julia’s sister and her husband.  aren’t they beautiful?

they had a picnic (panera catered sandwiches) in prescott park for their reception.  everybody changed out of their finery and there was a rousing game of ultimate frisbee going on…but more on that in a bit.

after we took a few more pictures of the bride and groom, it was time for…


(looks like someone forgot a change of clothes.  :-D)

i loved the way they approached their day…they incorporated all of the things that were most important to them and did not compromise.  and i love the idea of a wedding picnic!  (anyone else having a picnic in prescott park?  call me!)

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Doug15 October 2008 - 12:50

DUDE I love it, “business deal for life” – the caption is as good as the photo! (and enhances the photo, really)

jess22 October 2008 - 23:12

these are all so beautiful, G!

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