posted by Joseph Gidjunis on October 4, 2012 Return to Weddings

Kathleen and Dan’s Bahá’í Ceremony

When I first talked to Kathleen and Dan on the phone, I instantly knew that Rebecca and I would have a blast shooting their wedding. These two have a sense of humor that is contagious, and their willingness to laugh at themselves (and each other) makes them quite a fun pair.

We joined Kathleen and Dan at the lovely Joseph Ambler Inn, which is a historic bed and breakfast with picturesque stone buildings and rolling hills. Kathleen was joined by her mom, future sister-in-law, and two adorable flower girls as she got ready. Dan got ready mostly on his own, though one of the ring bearers popped in for some grins, and Bec was digging Dan’s awesome argyle socks.

After a first look in one of the semi-private courtyards on the property, the couple held a meaningful Bahá’í ceremony. This faith focuses on the ideals of unity and family, so it was really neat to see Bahá’í family members and friends form a circle with Kathleen and Dan and pledge to support them in their marriage journey.

A Christian ceremony followed nearby, and the

couple was bathed in sunshine. Dan walked down the aisle with his parents, and as Kathleen and her parents neared the front, both moms and dads hugged their kids and kids-to-be. The ceremony was a meaningful expression of faith, but also full of smiles and laughs, as Dan asked Kathleen in his vows if she loved him more than she loved her job, and Kathleen tried to force her wedding ring onto her finger when it got stuck.

Afterward, we took the bride and groom for some fun pictures on the grounds of the Inn. Joe asked them to walk hand in hand, and when he grabbed his camera to take the picture, Dan did a Newsies-style kick in the air! Joe nailed the shot.

We then headed into the reception, where Dan and Kathleen had set up a Polaroid camera with a scrapbook for guests to write their own messages of love. Since we definitely felt like we were part of the family, Bec and I added our own page. Lots of the guests had fun with the mustache-glasses combo for these pics, so we decided to use the “disguise” for our own JPG-style ring shot. The whimsy of this picture really matches the humor

and fun of this couple and their day.

The reception was an elegant lunch with meaningful toasts, including one from Kathleen’s dad that really captured his love for his daughter. We had fun dancing with the crowd and enjoying all the “sweet” details, including a delicious cake and specially-designed cookies of a stick figure guy proposing to a stick figure girl. As with the rest of the day, laughter was not in short supply.

Kathleen and Dan, thanks for being full of smiles and all kinds of expressions of love. We really felt part of your family and wish you years and years of happiness.


Joe G.

Photographers on this Shoot

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