Between knowing some of the same people, going to the same college and sharing TV guilty pleasures, I've decided that Annie and Drew are my new best friends. Whether they've decided the same thing is beside the point. Ha!
Drew is quick to make Annie laugh, which is my favorite thing ever. They're super down-to-earth and even have a choreographed dance routine that they debuted for my camera. Annie and Drew are gracious, classy and so much fun. To say I'm excited for their wedding next year is a gigantic understatement.
More than nine years later, Nichole and Dan returned to the spot where it all began. They became Miami Mergers just a stone's throw away from the dorm where they met as freshman. At the time, they were new to Oxford, new to the big campus and new to each other. Neither had any idea that less than 10 years later, they would be married.
"Dan was the first boy I met on campus on freshman move-in day," Nichole said. "I lived in the room above Dan and needed some ideas on how to make all the furniture fit."
Dan was dating someone else at the time but as the two got to know each other, he realized how great Nichole was. Her caring nature tops his list of favorite things about his new wife.
"Our first summer of dating, she did a study abroad program in Russia," he said. "I found myself missing her so much during that time that I had to call just to hear her voice. Even though I racked up a $700 phone bill it was worth it."
Nichole and Dan are so loved and respected by their family and friends, and it was fun to see how much fun everyone had celebrating these two. Thank you so much for asking Nathan and I to be a part of your day, guys. It was such a meaningful wedding for both of us, and we wish you all the happiness in the world!
Most hilarious bridal party I've ever worked with. Hands down. :D
So pretty. :) Nichole and I did gymnastics together at Miami. Never in a million years would I have guessed I would photograph her wedding.
An equally amazing group of guys.
I love that one up there. Dan is probably telling Nichole how amazing she looks. Just a hunch! :)
Dan, you look like a celebrity waving to his fans. That or the president. I am your paparazzi.
Last weekend was so fun for Nathan and me. We got to visit our old stomping grounds of THE Miami University for a Miami Merger wedding! I did gymnastics with Nichole while a student at Miami, and it was so surreal to be photographing her wedding! She and Dan were a dream to work with, and reminiscing was exactly what I needed!
For now, a little peek ...
I think by now we have established that yours truly is a bit of a nerd. And believe it or not, I'm about to rock your world with an even nerdier story ...
Nathan and I started dating just a couple months before Valentine's Day during my sophomore year of college at (the best) Miami University (of Ohio). He was a junior and I was intimidated, but that didn't deter me from sharing my love of sloths with him. You'd think I would play it cool, but that's just not how I rolled. "They're so cute!" "They move soooo slow!" I have no idea what the fascination was. (Kristen Bell gets it.)
Fast forward a couple months to Feb. 14, 2005 ...
I came back to my dorm after class, opened the door and the cutest stuffed sloth (stuffed animal, not like a taxidermied sloth!) was sitting on my desk with a card from Nathan. Not only did he embrace my love of sloths, he searched high and low for that thing. Sylvia, as we later named her, came all the way from England. It was probably about that moment that I knew Nathan was the one for me.
Eight years later, here we are celebrating another Valentine's Day. Nathan still embraces all my weirdness and still makes me feel special in spite of it. And I love him for it. :)
One of the very first pictures we took at a formal in 2004. We look like babies!