And to end the season, I photographed my favorite wedding to date.
Why was it my favorite? OH, for so many reasons!! Kristine is my lovely cousin (to begin the reasons why) and she has waited patiently for the man of her dreams to come along. While she watched her other friends and family all get married through the years, she kept her standards high and held out for the man of God she’s been waiting for. And then he came along….’just in time’ as one of her bridesmaids stated. There could not be a better match in Joshua for Kristine!
Joshua grew up as the son of missionaries. He’s traveled the world….and so has Kristine. They met through a mutual friend who is a pediatrician in the jungles of Africa (and one of the bridesmaids as well!) and are both well versed in travel and different world cultures. They’ve both donated their time, talents and passions to helping others around the world. As a nurse practitioner, Kristine has donated large portions of her time to helping the poor in other countries.
Their wedding day was FULL of multi-cultural touches. From the jewelry to the guest gifts, and the tables not numbered, but named after countries they’ve visited, so much of their inspiration came from the cultures they’ve grown to love. Their bridal party came from all different parts of the states and the world to help them celebrate…..they are ALL such admirable people in their own ways. Such a sophisticated, mature and fun group! (and might I add, it was quite refreshing to photograph a bridal party who did not have alcohol #1 on their list of things to do after the ceremony!). I also loved how Kristine replaced the bouquet toss with her own thoughtful idea….she handed out roses to all the single ladies in attendance. How’s that for making those ladies feel special? They were all grinning from ear to ear.
I loved having my family surround me as I photographed this wedding. It was such a special event to witness. SO very sweet.
And the icing on the cake? Their very first kiss EVER happened on the altar on their wedding day. Yes folks, that photo below of them kissing at the altar was their FIRST KISS EVER! GAHHH!!!!!
Congratulations Joshua & Kristine! I’m SO over the moon happy for you two!