This was a wedding were it seems that we were destined to photograph. I met Laurie and Joe at her sister Jaci’s wedding back in 2011, and we became instant friends. Not only with Laurie and Joe, but her parents as well. Our third son was born a month before Jaci’s wedding, and her mother Penny an I met for coffee so she could meet and hold Dylan. They all told me that when Laurie and Joe got engaged, that Elizabeth and I would be their photographers.
Joe proposed to Laurie, and almost immediately there was a message from Laurie asking us about what days we were open! Imagine that, they wanted to confirm our availability before even setting a date. That, my friends, is the biggest compliment we can receive. Laurie and Joe were married at the Sheraton Station Square and it was spectacular! They are a special couple and they compliment each other perfectly. Whether it is Laurie being silly and making Joe laugh, Joe playing guitar for her or their deep love for watching Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games together. Add in both of their close relationships with their families, and it is the perfect combination.
Elizabeth and I both have so many favorite moments from their wedding. The tender kiss from her father right before they walked together towards the altar. The chest bump that they did together during the portrait session. Laurie’s fist pump during the ceremony…It’s always a great wedding when the bride does a fist pump. Their cake smash was picture perfect. One of their guests, was on the dance floor doing his best Angus Young air guitar impression, also ended his evening with his shirt off, dancing on top of the head table. There were so many more, but I think my favorite was their final moments of the reception. Amid all of the fun and craziness, Laurie and Joe found each other on the dance floor for an embrace that was so private and personal, but surrounded by all of their loved ones. Truly special.
Laurie and Joe, Elizabeth and I were honored to be a part of your day. I hope our friendship continues and we are so incredibly thrilled for you both! Congratulations again!!