Ann and I met almost 9 years to the day before her wedding. Actually, it was just short of 9 years.
And I can tell you that with total confidence because the day Ann and I met was the day I arrived in New York City for our study abroad orientation. Ann and I bonded almost immediately; two small town girls living out our crazy dreams of studying abroad. While we were placed in different cities, we managed to kept in good touch over the year. I visited her in Prague (we got lost), she came to Olomouc (we might have gotten lost?), and we traveled to Budapest and Bratislava together (and got so lost). Do you see a theme here?
Ann and I kept in touch off and on through the years, chatting about boyfriends, travel, adapting to living in the US again, and so much more. But in all our traveling, we never crossed paths in person again. So I was thrilled when she asked me to come to Oregon and shoot their destination wedding!
I didn’t meet Michael until the day before the wedding, but I can tell you that he is one of the sweetest people I’ve met, and I am so happy for Michael and Ann. They’re a wonderful couple, and I am so lucky to have them as clients, as well as having Ann as a friend. I’d throw some exclamation points in there, but I’m trying to tone it down this year. :) They rented out the Big K Ranch in Elkton, which is close to where she grew up, even though Ann & Michael now live in Maryland. They had a fantastic wedding surrounded by friends and family (check out the family photo below!) and so much beautiful scenery. The morning after their wedding, I was up at something like 4am to drive to the airport in Eugune, and I have to say, it was almost worth that crack of dawn flight to see the sunrise as I drove through Oregon.
Ann & Michael, thank you. Thank you for being such amazing hosts and wonderful clients. Thank you for having me along for your wedding day, and welcoming me with open arms. It means the world to me to call you friends. I hope we see each other again soon!