Before I jump into naming the winner, I have to say that I read each and every entry multiple times. I loved them all. I had H read the entries too, because it was so hard to pick only one. Your stories were beautiful and wonderful. I laughed and I cried. Last night, as I paced back and forth, talking over all the entries with H, I thought I was going to have to pull one from a hat. And while I loved every story and every couple, there was one I kept coming back to: Laura & John.
While I loved their Pay it Forward story, what I kept going back to was this line from Laura, “we each get to marry our best friend, and that is an incredible gift that I will always be thankful for”. Laura and John are getting married at St. Al’s in July and I can’t wait!
To everyone who entered the giveaway, thank you! You are all wonderful and if I could, I would give each and everyone one of you a wedding.
I’m always terrified of flying out for an event and not making it in time. So I booked our flights for Friday (for a Sunday wedding) and I was SO glad I did. We missed six flights due to weather, delays & mechanical problems (we only had two flights). Ack. But we made it to Chicago and the wedding was wonderful! Maria is a friend of ours from Gonzaga, but this was the first time we’d met Michael, besides on Skype. And they are perfect for each other. Micheal couldn’t stop grinning the whole day, he was just so so happy. Maria & Michael put a lot of little details into their wedding, but when I went through and picked all my favorite images for this post…well, the majority are of Michael grinning! :) But trust me, they had a beautiful Rockefeller Chapel wedding and the reception was at Ida Noyes hall. I could not get over how beautiful the University of Chicago is! Maria & Michael, thank you for including me in your wedding. I had a wonderful time and I can’t wait for you to come visit us in Spokane.
As for Chicago — three days was not enough. And next time, I’ll be more prepared for the humidity.
Many many thanks to my friend Dan Hess, and to H, for shooting with me. A few of these images belong to them. I would apologize for picking so many black & white images for this post, but they just fit. Also, I love weddings with bowties — keep them coming!