Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Brad & Amanda Part I [wedding photographer, Towanda, PA]

People should be happy on their wedding day.
And so often, their happiness is overshadowed by stress, worrying, time-crunching, stress, last minute details, bossy family, did I mention stress?
Deep down, I think most people are very happy on their wedding day, however, circumstances can cause people to want to pull their hair out and pray for the day to be over.

There was definitely no hair being pulled out last Saturday though.
And people were happy - genuinely, 11O% happy.

Derrick has known Brad for a long long time, and I got to know Brad, after D&I got married, through his semi-weekly comings over to our house. He was one of the only guests we entertained while we lived in our camper, and he continued his visits when we moved into our house!

The conversation when Brad came over, generally headed in one direction: Valley Forge Christian College. The college both Derrick & Brad attended.

Consequently, it is also the place where Brad met this bubbly girl named Amber.
Brad may not have finished his schooling at Valley Forge, but he definitely established a lot of relationships, one of which became a lifetime commitment this past Saturday.

They were planning a summer wedding, but when they realized that Brad's Mom was going to have to go into surgery this coming week and they weren't sure of the results, they decided to move things up - and fast.

The wedding came together beautifully. Things ran smooth and even the little details came together perfectly.
It was such a relaxed and amazing time.

They got married in Brad's Mom's house, with just a few friends and family present.

Even though D&I are good friends with Brad, we had never met Mandy before Thursday night [which was just an introduction-real-quick-meeting] As the photographer for the day though, I got to spend a lot of time with the bride and I walked away completely smitten.

Brad is a very funny guy. He has the personality of a stand-up comic on all the time. He loves to make people laugh.
And Mandy loves to laugh. She's a genuine sweetheart. They're super cute together and definitely fit together like puzzle pieces. 

Mandy has such a servant's heart. It was her wedding day, yet instead of demanding to be waited on, she was constantly asking other people if she could help them.
And Brad loves to serve Mandy. As she was asking other people if she could do anything for them, he was waiting on her - hand and foot. 

Brad loves Mandy.
And Mandy loves Brad.

Mandy got ready in Brad's Mom's house - and wow did she make a beautiful bride.

Mandy & the flower girl.
Their relationship was SO cute to see.

Like I said: she loves to laugh - and she laughed all day long :)

They had cleared the living room out for the wedding.
It was perfect - they set up chairs and lit candles, creating a very intimate atmosphere.

Ohh, and the groom.
I have never seen Brad in a mood other than his typical, comic, confident self.
But he was more nervous than a canary loose in a house full of cats.

When the time finally came, he attempted to compose himself, but his nerves soon turned into tears of happiness when he saw his bride.

The ceremony was simple and sweet. They shared vows, exchanged rings, and had communion.

And there you have it: Mr. & Mrs. Brad Crane :D

Annddd - I just realized how super long this post already is - so I'm going to chop this in half and do 2 posts. Part II coming tomorrow !! :D

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