The day they met, he walked up to her at a party, cupped her face in his hands, and licked her – all the way from her chin up to her forehead. Huh? When I finished laughing and asked him why he’d done that to her, Graham said he had no idea and we all laughed again.
Amanda’s Uncle had passed away three weeks prior to the party and it had been the first time since her Uncle’s death that she had been out with friends. She’d been sad and hadn’t really been enjoying herself at all, until Graham came along and licked her face, making her laugh for the first time in a long while. So, why did he do it? I like to think that he saw the sadness in her eyes and some part of him knew that he could make those gorgeous brown eyes sparkle with laughter again. Whatever his reasons, the licking incident sparked an interest between them. They sat together on the couch for the rest of the night and she held his hand – this strange guy who had made her laugh and eased the pain in her heart – it was comforting and, at the time, she’d needed some solace.
They didn’t see each other again for nearly a month until, by chance, they met up again at a mutual friend’s cabin out on the Shuswap and that spark flared into the crazy flame of infatuation as they shared their first kiss while watching the sun rise over the peacefully still water of the lake. After that, they were inseparable.
A year and a half later, after having spent an entire day together (a rare treat for two people with such different work schedules), they were hanging out on the couch in their bathrobes, watching MTV, when Graham popped the question. It may not sound like the most romantic proposal to you, but to me it sounds like the perfect ending to a perfect day and, even though I wasn’t there, I’m willing to bet there were a few tears and some warm, fuzzy, bathroby hugs!
It was my honor and privilege to capture this amazing couple’s special day and, I must admit, I laughed so much that my cheeks hurt when I headed home that evening after the garter toss. It was so easy to see the love between these two and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy when I watched how often they made each other laugh. I always say that the key to a good marriage isn’t communication or desire or anything else except laughter. As far as I’m concerned, as long as a couple keep each other laughing through good times and bad, their marriage will stand the test of time. These two laugh so often that they’ll be standing strong through Tsunamis and Tornadoes for a good long time.
Thanks very much, Mandy & Graham, for letting me in on your day and for being so darn good to each other.
Here are my favorites from the day.
Here’ are a couple pics that Kim Reed (of Kimberly Reed Photography) took. She was one of my second shooters for the wedding and I love her work!
What can I say, I love adding grain to my black and whites. I’m not sure why, I just really like the way it looks.
This next pic is one of my faves because everyone is paying attention except for the little blond kid in the second row from the back. He’s watching me take pictures. So cute.
Here’s a pic that Jaime Godard (of Lasting Images Photography) took of Graham while he was saying his vows. He looks a little teary eyed and I love it when the groom tears up.
I love the next two pics. Mainly because I just decided on a whim, that it would look really cool to keep Amanda in one place and have the rest of the girls circle her. They turned out so well that I think I will do this at all of my wedding from now on. I love it when I find something new to add to my “must have” shots.
This is my #1 favorite pose. I’m not sure why I like it so much…
And I’ll end the pics with my #1 favorite shot from the entire day. The face expressions in this pic make me laugh out loud every time I see it – especially Josh, who is way out in front and rockin’ some sort of ballet splits move.
To see more of Mandy & Graham’s wedding pics, click here
Thanks again M&G. I can’t wait to show you guys your wedding book :0
I wish you enough