My best friend got married this year. And I can’t even explain how excited I am that I was the one to capture it.
I first met Ben over a decade ago when I was working as a Registered Veterinary Technician and he began to bring his dogs to my clinic. I can vividly remember when I first met him as I thought to myself “this guy is such a stressed dog owner, I hope he never has children or he might have a heart attack!” 😉
Throughout the years I watched his life change and grow, eventually having 3 beautiful children of his own. (and gasp, TWINS! how did do it!) He was the most incredible dad, both dog dad and child dad. Our friendship grew, our banter and laughter was the number one aspect of our friendship. When I left the clinic I was at, he trusted me so much that he chose to come to my new clinic with his pets. And our friendship grew. We both supported each other when our lives were turned upside down and “crumbled” around us (albeit at different times, not together). And when he began to tell me about Robin, I knew this was it. I knew she was “the one”. He lit up when he spoke about her. He had a completely different feeling and vibe to him. He took with her, her 2 beautiful children and together they began to raise their 5 amazing children. (who are all within 4 years of each other, so you can imagine how busy that house is!)
I can still remember my reaction when he proposed to Robin. My excitement and happiness was through the roof. And Robin is a kick ass woman. Like truly amazing. It takes a special woman to add three more children to her crew, and take on Ben! She truly is a special woman. And she accepted me, our friendship and became my friend as well. She, along with Ben, have been there for me, supporting me, guiding me, giving me advice through some of the hardest times of my life. In so many walks of life, a friendship between a man and a woman aren’t always accepted. It takes a very special, incredible person to accept, understand and support their significant other and the friendship they have with someone of the opposite sex. No question. And while my best friend found the love of his life, I found a new friend, one who can understand a truly incredible friendship. (And of course, we bond over making fun of Ben on occasion, especially when he’s being so emotional) 😉
The day of the wedding was full of love and excitement. I can say I have not attended a wedding that had more love, and true happiness from EVERY SINGLE PERSON. You could feel the excitement and love. Even looking through the images as I edited, you could feel it again. The kids were beyond adorable. BEYOND. And in one of the most heart touching moments, all five children signed their signature on their mom and dad’s marriage certificate, creating the most beautifully ‘decorated’ certificate we had ever seen.
There were tears all day (mostly from Ben), tears of extreme happiness, love and gratitude, especially when people began to discuss what an incredible dad he is (gets him every time!) Thank you Ben & Robin for allowing me to be part of this amazing day; I love you both!
Shout out to my friend Dana, with Dana Marie Photography for second shooting along side me for the day! ❤