There was a moment during Leah & Chris’ wedding that I think summed up everything about the day. Actually it was one of the very last moments of the day. Near the end of the reception, on our way back in from taking a picture at night in front of Congress Hall (that photo is the very last one of this blog post) Leah was stopped by a little girl who was probably about 3 or 4 years old. The girl wanted to say something to Leah and she was trying to work up the courage. Leah saw this, stopped for a minute and bent down to let the girl approach. The girl said “You look beautiful” and Leah of course thanked her but then proceeded to ask the girl her name and if she was having a good time. They talked for maybe a minute. But you could tell that it meant the world to this little girl to be able speak with a real life princess. That is the type of person Leah is. Her wedding reception was about to wrap up and so was the entire day that she and Chris had planned for over a year. But Leah didn’t rush back in for the final few minutes of the party. She made time for a stranger as she knew that brief moment, an extra few seconds out of Leah’s day would be important to the young girl. Yeah, the whole day was like that. Just crafted perfectly for everyone else to enjoy themselves and share in the celebration. I was honored to be a part of it all.
Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey is one of my favorite venues anywhere. There are just so many things that all work together to make Congress Hall an incredible location for a wedding. It’s located right on the beach in Cape May, it’s got a long and storied history, it’s incredibly gorgeous with location after beautiful location to shoot. Simply put, I love working here. Now Leah and Chris fit perfectly into my favorite venue. I have rarely seen a bride as jubilant on the morning of her wedding day. I mean everyone is happy and upbeat on their wedding day but Leah was literally dancing around Founder’s Hall while she was getting ready. Leah & Chris had a perfect, first look on the beach in their own private cabana and the portraits around Cape May were easy and natural. Joey and I could have shot all afternoon, but there was a wedding to be had!
Leah and Chris….you guys were meant to be. That is obvious to anyone who spends time near you. It was truly a pleasure being a part of your wedding. I will remember your day for years and years to come…it was one of my absolute favorites.