Steph and Josh, how I wish I could talk the ear off of anyone visiting this blog to tell them about you two because you are the type of people everyone should know about and everyone should be so lucky to work with or have in their friend circle.
I’ve never felt so cared for by two (at the time) practical strangers before you two. In the fire of the initial stages of the pandemic last year the two of you initiated the conversation on our very first call about wanting to be clear that my health was very important to you. You wanted me to feel 100% comfortable and to have the agency to say “no” to something that may feel concerning and then you continued that each time we spoke leading up to the day. In a world that just feels so unpredictable, you became my wedding constant and almost like a safe haven.
And then to meet you in person and to have you come to me from a previous INCREDIBLE couple that I was lucky enough to photograph, I could see why everyone on your wedding day just falls to pieces every time you’re around.
Steph, I know I told you that everyone must just go on and on about how your laugh and smile just lights the whole world up. And Josh, your constant checking in on ME (which is never expected nor needed) and always doing so with care just blew me away. How do you two have the mental space to do the incredible work you do in your professional lives and also manage to find the time to check on everyone on your wedding day from vendors to each and guests and still be wholly present on the importance of your day?
Steph is basically a real life hero who makes me teary just thinking of the good she puts out into the world who has more beauty both inside and out than should be legal. And her hair? HER HAIR! I love the color of it (I didn’t tell you this on the wedding day because I didn’t want to come across as too creepy!) because it reminds me of my mom’s when she was little and always out in the sun.
They are also the second couple I’ve worked with who read the Supreme Court ruling of the historical legalization of gay marriage during their ceremony. With a wedding taking place deep in Pride month at a location right down the road one of the first Pride events in Windham, NH – it made the day that much more inclusive and loving.
“No longer may this liberty be denied. No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” – Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
I could go on and on – which I’ve basically already done – but I now just want to share these two incredible people and their sweet pup Indie with the world!
Another few ounces of good news? She’s now about five months pregnant and not only was she a major trooper with the intense heat and humidity that day, but we now have a future human to help guide our world towards goodness with these two people at them helm of raising them.
Steph, Josh, Indie, and new baby to be – please always keep me posted on your lives as I know it will forever be great to reminded of the good you put out there. I’m so lucky I got to work with you and I don’t take your care for granted. I wish your family all the best!
ps: see if you can make it through these pictures without smiling when you see their joyful faces; I know I can’t.
Windham New Hampshire Wedding Photographer: I AM SARAH V Photography
Ceremony & Reception: Windham Woods School
Officiant: Olivia Hull
Video: Ryan Dejoy
Florist and Decorator: Susan Tomases
Caterer: Twelve 31 Events
Hair: White Willow Salon
Makeup: Kiss Cosmetics
Band: Horizon Quartet
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