Like most couples, Olga + Ray spent the better part of the last year planning for their event. And just like most couples, their recent celebration was the conclusion of ideas + speeches + stylistic decisions made over this past year. In fact, details to their wedding day were simply perfect. From the charming wedding invitations packaged in sleek boxes to the stylishly timeless custom red gown to the magnificent reception decorations; the list could go on forever. Yet beyond all of the details + planning that took place, the real reason for celebrating was 25 years in the making.
This past October marked the 25th anniversary of Olga + Ray’s beloved wedding day… and what better way to commemorate their anniversary than with a celebration? Surrounded by many of the same faces from two and a half decades before, Ray + Olga honored their wedding milestone with a vow renewal ceremony, followed by an evening overflowing with speeches, loved ones, and an endless amount of joyous dancing.
Many of the values that have deeply rooted them in their marriage– commitment, love, grace and faith–became more and more clear to us as the day progressed. At the day’s end, that is what it as really about, anyways. Twenty five years of wedded bliss, one beloved son, and decades of memories together with both family + friends… that’s what we were all there to truly celebrate. Having realized this in retrospect, we’re happy to say that their anniversary celebration was nothing short of spectacular.
A sincere congratulations to Olga + Ray on their 25th anniversary, and we wish you and your beautiful family many more anniversaries to come.
Photographs alone cannot sum up what an amazing time we had this weekend at Ben + Katrina’s wedding celebration. Every little aspect from their wedding day had us not only impressed, but very much humbled. Beyond their ability to juggle work + law school + wedding planning over this past year, and besides the fact that loved ones had come from all over the world to attend, they made it a point to honor their families in such a beautiful way. During the reception, the newly-wedded couple stood up to offer words of love + thanksgiving to their own families; an unforgettably heartfelt gesture we hope to see more of in our future weddings.
Looking back, there are so many favorite moments that we had as their photographers. We could talk all day about how awesome it was that they had an “unplugged” wedding ceremony, or perhaps go on about how this was the first time we’ve ever encountered a “Man of Honor” (the bride’s brother). But we’ve come to realize that with this couple, we enjoyed simply being around them. Whether it be during their adventurous engagement session around Philly to documenting all the behind-the-scenes stuff on their wedding day, we both agreed that their love for each other, for God, and for others is an incredibly visible testament in itself.
Thank you to Katrina + Ben for having us along at your wedding day celebration. Congratulations!
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