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Molly & Bradley | Married

My best friend’s wedding.  My best friend’s wedding.  If we’re lucky, we all get to experience it once in our lifetimes, and I’m certainly not alone when I say it is magic.  Hollywood makes films about it, books are written about it, and even Thought Catalog published this extremely timely article about it (that I will admit brought me to tears the moment I read it).  And because Molly and Brad chose not to have a wedding party, their kids will one day flip through these very pictures, pictures that I got to take.  That I’m so blessed and humbled to have captured.

There aren’t really words to describe what it feels like to have a sister you chose, who doesn’t share your blood but shares your life, bring someone new into the fold who you know is a perfect complement, who fills in all the holes and forms intentional relationships with her family and friends, simply because they matter to her.  And not only that, but he has a family of his own who you just want to be around.  All the time.  This was my first time meeting any of Brad’s family, and  it’s a shame they live so far away, because I think we would be seriously good friends given another hour or two together.  And Brad and Molly, who routinely go to great lengths to make sure their close friends also feel like family, truly orchestrated what could have been confused for a huge family reunion.  There were friends and family there from all over the country, but by the end of the night, I was hugging people goodbye who I had only met four hours prior.

For the record, May in DC is the perfect time to get married.  Not scorchingly hot, not as many tourists, and spring has been around just long enough to make everything extra green.  Their small, intimate wedding took place at the Arts Club of Washington, where Chris and his team pulled off an astoundingly beautiful and well-organized event.  I can’t say enough good things, and I know there were plenty of details pulled together that even I overlooked, simply because they were handled so gracefully and carefully.

Molly and Brad, what a joy and an absolute pleasure it is to share your wedding with the world today.  You couldn’t mean more to me, and I think it’s obvious in these images that you soaked up every bit of your day and never lost sight of why you were there.  I promise to happily flip through them with you every time you ask, to shove them obnoxiously in front of your future children, and to always pray that, of all your married days, this will be the one where you loved each other the least.  I love you both.

July 10, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Krista Johnson - Oh, Lauren! What an ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE writer and photographer you are! Come! Move! Can’t wait to see you again!

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