I consider each wedding I photograph to be such a privilege, but when one of those weddings involves two people I already love, the feelings run so much deeper.
I met both Josh and Taylor my freshman year of college. Taylor and I had been assigned to the same dorm and I met Josh while participating in those new student orientation activities that everyone loves so much. It wasn’t until a couple years later that I became good friends with either of them. Taylor was always throwing the cutest parties in our tiny campus apartments. I definitely looked forward to those. After college, my husband shared an apartment with Josh and a couple more of our friends.
I remember on my 20th birthday, school had just ended for the summer and I was staying on campus for my internship. Stephen had to work all day, and I was really bummed about spending my birthday alone. So Josh and our friend Allen picked me up and took me to the fair in town. We went to dinner and watched movies and had a really great time. They spent the whole day with me so I wouldn’t be alone on my birthday. That day still makes me smile.
Now when I think back to all of this, I feel a little bit like an idiot. Here I was, friends with both of these wonderful (single) people and never once did I think to introduce them. When I really think about Josh & Taylor together, it makes so much sense. Their meeting, however, was much more serendipitous than I could have ever been a part of.
Taylor is an incredibly talented illustrator. She sells the cutest cards in her Etsy shop. Josh, being the thinker that he is, bought some of Taylor’s cards so he’d have an excuse to talk to her. It worked. Now that he had her address, he started to write her letters that she’ll treasure forever. Soon after the first letter, they decided to meet in person, and it was love at first sight. He loves the way she makes him laugh, and she loves the way he speaks so thoughtfully. Together, they make one of the most beautiful couples the world has ever seen.
Josh & Taylor, I am happy beyond words for the two of you. God’s timing never ceases to amaze me and you are the perfect example of that. You are both so wonderful, and I have loved watching your love story unfold. I am forever grateful that I got to be a part of your wedding day.
*A big thanks to my second shooter, Becky. Some of the images you’ll see here are hers.