From the photographers:
Kaitlin and Mike’s wedding gave us so many new favorites!!! For starters, I loved their engagement session location(Manassas Battlefield Park) SO much that my husband and I stopped by there on our last anniversary trip! Kaitlin and Mike’s color palette was reminiscent of those fields and were inspired by the serene blues, greys, and greens of the skies and trees before a summer storm. What a GREAT way to choose a color palette – to reflect one of the most beautiful and exciting moments in nature! As it turned out, Kaitlin and Mike’s wedding day, while not stormy, was overcast and unseasonably cool, with steel grey skies and cool greens. How lucky! This color palette combined with Kaitlin & Mike’s huge, wonderful wedding party resulted in some of our favorite wedding party photos ever!!
Kaitlin and Mike also chose one of the best hashtags we’ve ever seen – and it’s based on one of my favorite “how we met” stories of all time!!! Kaitlin was living in Tennessee while Mike was living in Virginia, they had no mutual friends, and their career trajectories would likely never have crossed. But by chance, Mike came into Knoxville one weekend for a football game. Their dating site (which depended on location) matched their profiles for that brief day, they liked what they saw, swiped right… and that was the beginning of both their love story and the perfect wedding hashtag: #theswipewasright!!!
Finally, Kaitlin’s dad shared one of my favorite toasts ever. He explained that parents are only the first part of a child’s story – but children ARE everything to their parent’s story. Most in the room cried (I certainly did!) while he said how thankful he was that with every step towards independence, Kaitlin had invited her family to stay in her story, and how their relationship had changed, but also remained strong and close. Kaitlin’s sister and Mike’s best man were in agreement with her dad – this is a loyal couple, who are moving on to a new chapter in their story, but never away from those who love them the most. Our favorite kind of couple to photograph!