Some love stories hit so close to home, you can’t help but root for the characters. Anastasia and Johnny, childhood sweethearts and two amazing human beings, had us jumping for joy when they picked us to photograph their big day in Lancaster, PA. From working on their engagement session, we already knew we loved their silly, kind, fun-loving personalities and Anastasia’s incredibly flirty, feminine and glamorous aesthetic. What no one told us, however, was that we were in for an emotional roller-coaster of a day, laughing one minute and choking back tears the next. Watch carefully, as the story of their special day unfolds:
We thoroughly approve of all the thoughtful little details they incorporated into their wedding day, from little hand-written notes they sent each other, to the personalized gifts they picked out for their bridal party. Nothing was gratuitous- everything meant something, and we couldn’t get enough of it all!
Unlike most of our couples, Anastasia and Johnny decided not to do a first look. This has always been a decision we advise our couples to make with their hearts and not their heads. And boy oh boy, did this couple ever make the right call for themselves. We really never say this, but their ceremony was hands-down, our favorite part of the day. After over a decade of waiting for this moment, Johnny’s reaction to finally watching his bride walk down the aisle was nothing short of breath-taking. Our hands shook and our hearts were pounding as we tried to remain calm and document the incredibly touching moments that unfolded before us.
As the sun-drenched dance floors gave way to a balmy evening breeze, the festivities began to wind down to the light of dozens of sparklers, and we finally said our goodbyes to a group of wonderful, warm, and gracious people, and headed back home to Virginia with full hearts.