Leslie and Gabe are from a small town in West Virginia. They’re teachers there; in fact, they met at the school where they both teach elementary aged kids. Somehow, when they decided to get married, they chose a tiny beach in southeastern North Carolina. If memory serves, neither of them had ever been to Sunset Beach before; they just chose it on a whim. And then they decided to get married on a Wednesday, and invite their closest friends and family to join the celebration. And, fortunately for us, they decided to make sure that their day was captured beautifully, and they hired us to document it all for them.
We left this wedding rejuvenated. This was the perfect midyear kick-in-the-ass wedding to get us motivated for the second half of 2012. There was something so pure and unassuming about this entire day – from Leslie and Gabe and their incredible personalities and presence, to the setting of their wedding, to the lowkey reception and the sweetness of every guest and every child that was there. It was just a sweet day. With people who care so much about everyone around them, they didn’t let us leave without a jar of homemade jam (they picked the berries themselves!), a handwritten note, and a tip! No one tips anymore, it was the most unexpected surprise and so, so appreciated! The entire drive back home that night, Mike and I gushed about this wedding, the darling people we’d met, the new friends we hoped we’d one day see again, and our futures, which looked so much brighter after being around genuinely good people all day.
Eleven years and counting, and I still love this damn job.