WARNING: I’m gonna use the B word. Just once, but it’s there. In the very next sentence.
Mary is pretty proud of her RBF (resting bitch face), and with good reason. For one, it’s a really good face, and happens quite naturally for her. Honestly, I’m a little jealous of it. Also, her RBF has served her well throughout her life. That face has helped her through law school and a divorce. It helps her in her job as a public interest attorney for Franklin County Probate Court. And all of us parents know how vital that face is when you’re parenting – Mary has two kids. She’s the kind of person who gets stuff done. So it’s understandable that she sings her RBF’s praises.
The other thing about having such a great RBF is that when another emotion takes over – like overwhelmed tears or unabashed joy – you guys, that change in her face is SO BEAUTIFUL. Like, extra beautiful.
And while there are plenty who can make that face change happen (she is surrounded with some good friends and family), no one can do it quite like Mike. He loves it, too. From his vows: “In the two plus years that we’ve known each other, my favorite times have been the times that I’ve been able to surprise you… There are many benefits to surprising you (in a way that you like). One is that I get to see you smile. It’s a smile that’s hooked me from day one.”
The awesome thing about all these people combining into one family is that they are SO GOOD together. All of them! One of my favorite moments from their engagement session tells that story all in one picture. But Mary says it best in her vows: “From day one, you entered into this hurricane that is my life and navigated through everything I’ve thrown at you with grace, patience, and humor… You’ve been nothing but thankful to be a part of what we have started building together. I’ve spent my whole life looking for the peace you have given me.”They told me from the beginning that kids would be a very important part of their day – Mary’s kids, as well as all their nieces and nephews. Getting the littles together for a picture wasn’t easy… …but we had lots of help. Grownups were jumping and smiling and singing and waving and using noisemakers and doing ALL THE THINGS to get the littles to sit and smile. And yet I super love the chaos in the kid pictures. Then we went into the Statehouse for a few of just Mike and Mary. This was their chance to take a little breath and just be together for a couple minutes. And before we knew it, it was off to their evening Boathouse wedding in downtown Columbus. It was a beautiful night! Mary’s son walked her down the aisle, and Mike and Mary said some heart-felt vows next to Mary’s good friend (and a past client of mine – check out his wedding here! It was so good to see you, Ashlie and Jesse, and meet your new baby!) who performed their ceremony. I mean, just look at that cuteness in her wrinkled nose as they dance for the first time as husband and wife! It is so gorgeously wonderful the way he makes her happy. And she makes him happy, too. Mike vowed, “to do my best to reflect the thought and consideration that you so selflessly bestow upon others, back upon you. I think if I could make you feel half as special as you make everyone else feel on a regular basis, we’d be very happy for the rest of our lives.” Mary’s kids joined them during their first dance as a family. So much love here. Her kids were super awesome during the whole thing, and her daughter gave a beautifully confident toast that had everyone laughing and tearing up a little too. They quoted F. Scott Fitzgerald in their vows: “You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known. And even that is an understatement.” Mary and Mike, you are wonderful. Individually, and even more so together. I wish you so many years of love and joy together and as a family!
If you are newly engaged (or know someone who is), and would like to chat about me photographing your day, I’d love to hear from you! Let’s start up a conversation here!