I met Erika when I first moved to Knoxville. She worked at our church, lived with a great group of girls, and she was such an encouragement to me. She fell in love with a guy in NYC, eventually married him and sailed her ship north to Hoboken. Even though she's many states away from me, Erika still manages to be one of my biggest supporters. No kidding, she deserves an award for "Best Blog Follower"! She's consistently faithful to comment and like my photos.
So... when it came time for her sister, Kelly, to get married, I think Erika must have carried around a sign saying "Hire Carrie Jo". The crazy part: Kelly is a photographer!! No pressure, right? On a trip between Knoxville and DC, Kelly and I met at Greenberry's -- a great little coffee shop in Harrisonburg, VA -- and got to know each other.
Kelly told me all about her man, Matt, and the delightful day they were planning on this awesome farm -- Sunny Slope Farm. Sounded like something out a movie to me! Turns out, these two have quite the incredible group of committed friends and family and their wedding day was a blast. A huge thanks to Miss Hanna Reeves for making the trek to Harrisonburg and back with me. We both had so much fun celebrating with the Deans at Sunny Slope!
Kelly, this photo of you is one of my favorite shots... ever. Thank you for trusting me to tell your story. It's a beautiful one!
Matt: My favorite part was seeing Kelly walk down the aisle with a twinkle in her eyes and a smile on her face (from what I could see through my own misted eyes). And as much as I don't like dancing, I enjoyed our first dance!
Remember what is actually important about this day. For us, it was each other, God, and the party-people we call our friends and family. It wasn't the DIY projects, the attire, the weather, or the $$$. And before you do anything, read "A Practical Wedding" by Meg Keene. Any advice I would have, she sums up perfectly in this book.
Erika, thanks for your spunk... and thank you especially for your kindness to me. It's never everyday you find a gal willing to run around with a sparkler just 'cuz.