EMILY + JAMES

I’m peeking out my office window as snow softly falls on the bare branches outside.  Lo and behold, winter is here.  What a perfect day to share with you the wedding of Emily + James (you might remember them from their adorable apple orchard engagement session this fall).

James + Emily were married at the gorgeous, newly restored Indiana Landmarks Center and their reception was at the Columbia Club on the Circle downtown. Both venues completely suited their classic, elegant event.  The day was immaculate, just a little chilly with a light December breeze, and all details were set. But what happens if, on this perfect wedding day, you get the flu?

If you’re Emily + James, you improvise. Andy + I watched the day unfold in awe. We have never, in our career (140+ weddings), seen a couple handle a situation with such humility and poise.  They opted to see each other in the morning, and a few minutes into our photos, James wasn’t feeling well.  But he pressed on with a smile on his face. No one but his close family knew that something was wrong.

And then came the ceremony.  The music started, the groomsmen filed in, the mothers lit the candles.  Each bridesmaid made their way down the aisle, and then Emily + her father, as planned.  But when it was time to exchange vows, Emily looked at James and whispered, “Are you OK?” He shook his head and his father raced to his side before his knees hit the floor.  Then Emily sat with him, her hand on his shoulder, and they continued the ceremony, seated. She held James’s face in her hands, looked him in the eyes and repeated, “in sickness and in health, I will love and honor you all the days of my life.”  Then they were announced, to a standing ovation, and continued on as husband + wife.

Without a doubt, this was the most meaningful beginning to a marriage we’ve witnessed.

One more thing I’ll mention:  Emily’s father works for IPL and arranged to have the building lights make the shape of the heart for a few hours until their reception started. 🙂

What more can we say?  We adore you both.  Thank you so much, for everything.  We’re lucky to know you. 🙂  xoxo, A+A

11 comments

Carrie - January 12, 2012 - 11:22 pm

This wedding is gorgeous and the pictures are simply breathtaking. Reading the story made me tear up. What an awesome couple. I wish them unbelievable amounts of happiness.

Stefanie Childs - January 12, 2012 - 11:56 pm

Beautifully Captured!

Marie Frey - January 15, 2012 - 2:45 am

Amanda: Beautiful Pictures…James & Emily looked so poised.you would never know that he did not feel well on his wedding day..thanks for all of your help…What a great couple Emily and James are..We wish them the best….

Pam Wright - January 18, 2012 - 10:25 am

Amanda, We are so happy with these pictures. They are lovely. Most importantly, we appreciate all you did to help James and Emily on that day. Our best to you as you continue in your career. We will certainly by recommending you to anyone else who needs a great photographer! – Pam(MOB)

Jet Kaiser - January 27, 2012 - 4:00 am

A lovely story, beautifully told.

Jenny - January 27, 2012 - 7:17 pm

Absolutely gorgeous, as usual!! 🙂 Nice work, A+A!

Danielle Kinnett - February 6, 2012 - 12:37 pm

I love the mother/daughter picture. Wish so much that I had one just like it.

Ryan - February 14, 2012 - 2:15 am

Great colors. Hope y’all are well.

erin - February 14, 2012 - 10:08 pm

the sitting at the alter is the cutest thing ever. i’m all teary! so sweet!

Michelle - April 11, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Oh my, I’ll all weepy over this one! What an amazing couple. Beautifully told, A&A. I wish them much happiness!!

Hitler sjj - March 14, 2013 - 2:35 am

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