Brian + Katie
Brian and I first met in the 90s - he was skinny with long thin brown hair and glasses, I was still in high school shedding baby fat with short bright red hair and in total denial that I needed glasses. Please don't Facebook stalk us, sadly there is proof. Anyhow, our circle of friends came together through a love of music, dancing, and humungous pants - yes, we were ravers - but our tribe was true and through the ages of shrinking pant legs, evolved musical tastes, and various other chapters in life, we all managed to remain connected. However, through those years, never once did Brian call me up to say he'd met someone special... that is, until Katie. I honestly can't even remember what the phone call started as, but I recall sitting in my car at a parking meter in DC, after a really bizarre client meeting on some product photography that I wasn't too sure I could pull off when Brian's name popped up on my phone and I was all too happy to take a break from my own thoughts and talk to him. To paraphrase, he told me he had been seeing this girl from the climbing gym that was pretty awesome and I'd really like her - and I instantly knew, done, sealed, sold - Brian had found the one. Now before you sit back and say, "yeah right, she says that about all her guy friends that get married.." let me just recount some blatantly obvious facts about males and females.
#1 - They met at the climbing gym. I'm sorry, but if any of you have climbed before, women that do it, and belong to a gym to do it no less, are pretty much badass, don't mind getting dirty, are in good shape, can hang with the boys (literally,) and can have fun. That's like most guys' dream girl. AND, she turned out to be gorgeous - EXHIBIT A:
#2 Brian said that I would really like her. A girl has to be pretty rad for a guy to tell his female friends, "you would like her." They know better than to assume they know our taste in lady friends! But I guess that one was a no brainer considering how much we have in common. Good one Brian, you were right :)
So I don't even know how much time passed from that phone call until the next one - Piper, we are getting married, will you shoot it? YES! Which I felt good saying because I hadn't yet met Katie and didn't know any of their mutual friends. Sometimes it's really hard to shoot friends' weddings because the money thing is awkward and you end up working 10 times harder because they are your friends, and then you never really got to enjoy their wedding day with them because you were on the clock - but somehow in my gut I knew this wasn't going to be the situation. And it wasn't! Truthfully, I'm actually pretty shy with large groups of new people, so it was nice to be able to put on the Photographer Hat and get to know their friends and family that way.
And what wonderful friends and family! I must say that every time, but it's so great to see a couple's dearest friends and family all in one place. It's almost like you are getting a peek at their own personal histories...two timelines that came together. Circa 1995, at a club in Newark, Delaware dancing with Brian, I would never have even imagined that he could have found someone so perfect for him at a climbing gym down the road more than 15 years later.
Held at the newly renovated and incredibly gorgeous Buena Vista, a Delaware country estate, the beginning of the day had the normal hiccups - where are the flowers, where is the groom - just kidding. The pace of the day was set by unbelievably perfect fall weather - blue skies, a warm breeze, and foliage that every fall bride dreams of and few are lucky enough to catch just on the right weekend.
And of course, not to disappoint, music lovers like Brian and Katie for sure threw a good dance party, with all guests great and small cuttin' up a rug. The biggest amount of love to you two - I absolutely cannot wait to see the adventures that life has in store for you, whether it be surviving another trip to Disney or racing through the jungles of Central America, I am so happy you found each other! All my love....
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