From the first time I sat down with Amanda at a planning session at Starbucks, I knew she and Shane were going to be incredible to work with. Amanda told their story with light in her eyes, "we met in a bar..." she laughed. This wedding, with its beautiful details and stunning light, stands out to me not because so much of the look of things was ideal (it was). What stands out is how incredible Amanda and Shane are together and how deeply their friends and family love them. I know weddings are supposed to be celebrations, and this one certainly was, from beginning to end. Getting ready was rooms full of enthusiastic bridesmaids and groomsmen. The first look was tender and gorgeous. Even the more formal photos passed with laughter and genuine smiles. The ceremony felt meaningful and real. The reception had all the makings of a great party: a fantastic venue, Artspace 111, good food, fun decor, dancing, drinks and people committed to having a good time. No one wanted to leave at the end of the night. Signing a contract means I commit to being a vendor, but I love that the nature of photography means the process of doing engagement photos and planning a wedding leading up to the day creates context for how I show up. Amanda and Shane became my friends, and I was entrusted with capturing visual memories of the day they committed their lives to each other. I am so excited for these two and am honored to share this blog.