On the day of my brother’s wedding


Denie and Kaleigh’s wedding was a long time coming. They started dating in high school, almost a decade ago. They moved in together four years ago. They got engaged in December of 2014.

And they got married this past July.



Everyone knew it was coming, and everyone was ecstatic to celebrate with them. We even had family drive up from Iowa for the weekend.


Denie and his groomsmen weren’t entirely happy that I was taking pictures of them as they were getting ready, but they put up with me well enough. Though I think that was only because I was there on Kaleigh’s request.

Regardless, I got some nice photos that morning, and a few others throughout the rest of the day.


They asked that people not take pictures during the ceremony, which I think was a wonderful idea. Sure, it meant I missed out on getting that first kiss on film (er… memory card). But it also meant that the photographer they hired could do her job properly.

She didn’t have to scramble to adjust her settings because of other people’s flashes.

She didn’t have to work around other people standing in the aisle to get pictures of Kaleigh walking down the aisle.

And she didn’t have to worry about the possibility of a sea of cameras and cell phones in the background of her pictures.


When all was said and done, it was a beautiful day. I couldn’t have been happier to welcome Kaleigh, officially, to our family.

I know she and Denie have a long life of happiness ahead of them.


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