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Sarah + Mike’s Wedding: Union Mills Homestead – Westminster, MD

Sarah and I first met probably about 8 years ago…she moved out to Boston from California for a bit, and I would see her every now and then at shows of bands that we were both into (and at the time, that I would photograph – ofcourse!)

Around 2005 or 2006, (I cant quite remember the exact time) she moved back to San Francisco. I flew out there for a fest of bands that we loved, and Sarah was awesome enough to let me stay with her during that week. She didn’t have to but she took the time to show me around a few places I hadn’t been to before as well! One story that we tell everyone about this time is how we were at the pier (pier 39?) watching the sea lions and eating some ice cream that we had just bought. Well, a seagull decided it wanted my mint chocolate chip ice cream, so it literally swooped down from behind us and stole my ice cream cone!!! There were many people on the pier that day, so it is my hope that some family recorded it on their home video and they probably get a good laugh out of watching it every now and then. ;)

Anywho! Sarah and Mike met while Mike’s band was on tour, and Sarah gave the guys a place to stay. They hit it off, and before you know it she moved to Maryland to be with Mike. A year ago I got the very excited message from Sarah saying that they had gotten engaged and asking me if I am available for travel for her wedding….UMMMMM YESSSSS!!!! Ofcourse!!!

The last year went by so fast, and after the 4th of July this month, I made the drive down to Pennsylvania (where Mike and Sarah recently bought the most adorable home together!) and I finally got to meet Mike! He’s a nice guy…not that I would’ve expected anything less ;)

 

Milo, their dog, sported a little bow tie for the occasion!

To the left below are all the RSVP’s they received back for this day! They had about 140 guests, if I remember right….oh also, it was a HOT day! About 95 degrees and humid – yet all their guests showed up regardless of the heat!

      One of the coolest things I have seen at a wedding! The best man, Ev, designed a coloring book for the kids that would be at the wedding! It went through Sarah and Mike’s relationship together up until their wedding day!  Union Mills Homestead Wedding

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Namone and Craig’s Wedding – Part II – Outdoor Ceremony & Tent Reception

Here is Part II to Namone and Craig’s wedding day! (To see the first part, the Laos ceremony, CLICK HERE)

The Laos ceremony took place in the morning, and in the later afternoon was now time for the traditional American ceremony and reception. The backyard was the location for the ceremony, and in the front yard there was a large tent set up for the reception.

So instead of having a sweetheart table, theirs was more like sweetheart stools!

And it was pretty damn hot out this day – so unfortunately the warmth was taking its toll on the cake…it was kept inside, and we did the cutting indoors as well where it was a little cooler.

You may recognize the bottle of Hennessy above from the morning ceremony…they were told to serve it to each of their guests – I assume for good luck.

And below, a home wedding is never complete without a child finding a small animal of some sort and catching it! In this case, a frog!

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Namone and Craig’s Wedding – Part I – Laos Wedding Ceremony

Namone and Craig planned their wedding in just a couple of months! They had two different ceremonies – a traditional Laotian ceremony in the morning, followed by an American ceremony in the later afternoon. This post will cover the first part of the day, the Laos wedding ceremony.

I was really excited for a couple reasons – first, this was my first time photographing a Laos ceremony – and second, I got to photograph while barefoot most of the day! It was really freeing and relaxing. I wish I could get away with that more often ;)

Everything took place at Namone and Craig’s home…while she was getting ready upstairs, Craig come up quickly and then said something along the lines of “you look hot”, thus the laughing photos of them below some of the getting ones… Haha.

 

The ceremony starts with Craig being led to the home with a bit of an entourage….he is also led there under an umbrella. Once they get to the doorway, a young female relative of the bride cleans his feet. (Here, it is Namone’s neice).

The doorway is blocked by a chain/belt, and Craig can not come in until he is invited in. In order to be invited in, there is lots of ‘negotiation’ going on, and also a bit of drinking. ;)

Once he is let in, they are seated together with everyone surrounding them in the room. There is alot of chanting and verses repeated by the Laos ‘officiant’, if you will. If I remember correctly, its just the basics on how they can be a good wife/husband to eachother.

Piece of strings were tied around Craig and Namone’s wrists by each of their guests. These each represented the blessings from each of them. Chickens were also given to them, and later on their separate chicken feet would be ‘read’ as a sort of fortune telling.

Namone and Craig were tied together by another string. They both needed to pull in opposite directions, and whoever came out with the longer piece after it breaks is said to have the control in the relationship. Haha….initially we thought that Namone’s piece looked bigger but when they were compared, it turned out that Craig got the longer piece….way to go Craig!

They were supposed to keep the strings (blessings) around their wrists for atleast three days, if I remember correctly.

 

Next up in a couple days, Part II of their wedding!!!

 

 

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