A family affair... that's the best way to describe this intimate, authentic wedding day. Every bit of it held meaning; I couldn't help but focus on the generational wedding portraits as the day for us began. Here we were, about to capture the wedding day of their granddaughter and daughter, their grandson and son; the next set of hearts that would forever tie together two families. And, we know how special they are, being very dear friends of our own. The room couldn't have been more perfect, nestled within the campus of Park Tudor with surprising rays of mid March shining in, and through the air a crisp, Appalachian sound of fiddle and emotion filled vocals by Christina's paternal grandfather. Strong tones, a bold heart, It was beautiful. The family continued to grow in story and closeness as they all greeted one another with congratulatory embraces, and onto the reception where the dance floor filled with those same faces in the wedding portraits, now aged, holding one another as if time stood still. In proof that love lasts. There was a celebration of promise going on, a gratitude to grace and growth, an offering of non-tangible gifts for Christina and John, right there in the first few hours of their wedding day. Everyone together ~ wishing, singing, dancing ~ filled with the joy that comes from seeing two hearts become one, simply and honestly. I feel as if there should be music to this post (perhaps in inspiration of the special dj of your wedding, my father) and if I were more tech savvy, perhaps there would be... but let's follow the example, let's remember what counts, what lasts, what is timeless. Let's love one another and tell stories, enjoy friendships and celebrate life. I know that's what Christina and John are doing. It's a blessing to be a part of your life, Mr. and Mrs. Dolina. Our hope is that you always hear music when you remember this day, or truly, in the lives you see within them.