“I was just as nervous to see you today as I was for our first date.” I heard Jillian say this quietly to Michael just after their first look. She didn’t know why and that was okay with Michael, who responded with his contagious, hearty laugh and big smile. That put her at ease. But I could still sense a conflicting urgency within Jillian — a “hurry up and let’s get married” feeling on the one hand, yet a “let’s slow down and never let this day end” feeling on the other. Throughout the day I saw this same ease that Michael put Jillian at whenever she saw him. Jillian’s mom Elaine surprised her daughter with dance to Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young” with a few special gentlemen who wanted to dance with her to this song, since her father passed away. After this tremendously moving moment (not a dry eye in the TEIA Club), I witnessed her seek Michael out for that simple easy comfort he provides her with his hug and even just presence alone. At that moment, I almost lost it again. For me, these are the reminders for why I do what I do. I feel a huge sense of responsibility to document a wedding day and all the emotions felt, from smiles to tears to love — those little moments, the sentimental connections between all of the people celebrating in both spirit and incarnate is really all that matters. Jillian and Michael, thank you again for allowing me to witness it all. Couldn’t be more happy for you both!
photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photography • coordinator: Heather Cuzzi, Cairn Events • venue: Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association (TEIA), Peaks Island • caterer: Dandelion Catering • tunes: Todd the Rocket • cake: Let Them Eat Cake • lighting: The Event Light Pros • hair/make-up: Allison Bognanon • transportation: Custom Coach and Limo • gown: Monique Lhuillier • maids: Amsale • guys: Alfani • invitation: Wicked Bride