I've known Whitney for over a decade: I was there when she went to college and got her nursing degree, We both bought our first houses around the same time, she has babysat all three of my children, I helped her pick between about 20 shades of grey when she was painting her second house (a constant inside joke), and throughout all the years we've photographed several weddings together. I was there when she moved closer to work, and then when she introduced me to John; I knew right away that he was an amazing person who was such a good match for her. Both have such a caring personalities, and have so many similar interests.
Their environmentally friendly wedding was held in John's parents backyard against the beach. Whitney's dress was hand made by her mother out of a lace fabric that they found in her great grandmother's attic. The wedding invitations were hand painted/printed by the bride. The groom's ring was his grandfather's wedding ring, engraved with both their initials and the newlywed's initials. Wedding favors were beer glasses with an Edward Sharpe lyric and a graphic designed by the bride herself. The wooden beer tap bar was handmade by friends and previously used at a friend's wedding that I helped Whitney photograph last year! Both couples carved their initials in a heart on the side of the bar, and after the wedding it was taken to the next venue for another couple to use at their reception. There was a live music by Bread and Butter and Whitney's cousin from up north even took to the mike for a song. Their first dance was surrounded by their guests holding sparklers, while they danced to Sam Cooke - "You Send Me". The night ended with John's freestyle rapping, and an afterparty at some of the Atlantic Beach bars. It was such a great weekend, and I was glad to share in yet another milestone with one of my best friends.
Photography by Daniella Koontz and Jenn Ross