"THE FIRST DAY" OF THE REST OF THEIR LIVES - WINDER GA
WEDDING | 09.09.14
I'll never forget the first time I heard Christina and BJ's story. When we first talked about wedding plans, I never realized how close and like family we'd become in less than a 2 week time period. I would imagine that this bride and groom wouldn't have imagined their tying the knot would be in this particular manner. But I'd bet anything they wouldn't change a thing. What's unique about this special ceremony? Their "official" ceremony is actually in December.
I never thought I'd photograph a wedding before a couple's engagement session. But I wouldn't have it any other way. These two love birds absolutely adore each other. They also love Gammie. Their story of their love reaches so far, that they wanted to give Gammie the experience of the two becoming one. That's right! A full blown wedding just for Gammie. Gammie is also known as Fran, but everyone calls her Gammie. Because Christi and BJ are having a destination wedding, and given Gammie's recent health traveling isn't exactly an option. But isn't that what family does? It gives without any expectation of return. It loves without reservation. It gives everything to those it cares about.
Each image from our time together is filled with love and care. These two ingredients will be awesome for Christina and BJ's marriage. Being able to celebrate despite their circumstances, and come together as family is one of the most beautiful pictures anyone can see. C+BJ+Me still have tons of images to be taken over the next few months. Regardless, how awesome, amazing, breath-taking those may be, their experience would have been incomplete without Gammie smiling that sweet grin she sports above.
To Gammie, I just want to say how thankful I am to have met you and your wonderful family. I want you to know that you have a beautiful smile and son and daughter-in-love that love you more than you'll ever know. I hope that these images give you comfort and joy during your fight against brain cancer. You were a close second to the most beautiful woman there. Here is what you've been waiting to see.