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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ease: (n) freedom from concern, anxiety, or solicitude; a quiet state of mind

'Not a lot of words for this one, except to remark on the ease and quiet cherishing of Toby and Holly toward each other. Since we did all of the formal portraits before the wedding, they had 45 minutes right after the ceremony for just the two of them. (Well, and me.) It gave them time to soak in the gravity and beauty of just being married, and cherish the moments before the reception. We had to move quickly, but I hardly had to direct them at all-- they were comfortable and I pretty much just had to follow them and document their first moments as husband and wife. And as I photographed them, all I could think was, "This is such a privilege."

Holly and Toby, thank you for trusting me to capture these memories for you. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you both. And I love you enough to not be envious of your choice of countries for your honeymoon! Enjoy seeing those '40 shades of Green' in County Wicklow! :)

I don't want to post too many of the formal images, because it's nice to save them for just the family. But here are a few to tide them over:

Brothers. (and brother-in-law.) Gotta' love 'em.

You aren't seeing double on this next one.

Well, actually, you kind of are.

Toby's twin brother Todd was his best man. And since I'm a mother of twins, there's something pretty poignant for me in this image. Before the reception meal, Todd had a prayer asking a blessing on Holly and Toby's marriage. Suffice it to say this mom of twins had a lump in her throat.

Holly and her bridesmaid and sister, Kelly- right after Kelly arrived for portraits. I like this real moment:

Toby's siblings:

My sister Kara did the flowers. Pretty, no? (Had to stick that in here, Kee! :)

Holly had just two requests for specific portrait poses. This next image was one of them. Nice, no?

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

-Robert A. Heinlein

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  1. wow! i am very tempted to put my dress back on and have you take some photos!

  2. WOW!! Well, that wait was certainly worth it!! Holly and Toby, these are amazing! Betsy, no words are needed, another job so well done it leaves you speechless.

  3. WOW! I hardly know what to say...these are amazingggg & beautiful. Toby and Holly, you are such a cute couple and so photogenic. We are going to miss you Holly! And Betsy, your pictures are gorgeous, as always ;) You have such a special talent!!!! :) I'm excited for our session tonight :)
    See you later, Rachel

  4. Thank you so much Betsy, we will treasure these forever.....


    There are more like 400 shades of green in Wicklow County. :)

  5. Oh, Holly! Yay! You made my day! And I'm so glad you're enjoying County Wicklow! Have a 'grand holiday'! And bring home a little Irish brogue, will you? :)

  6. These photos are definitely some of my absolute favorites, although I am definitely a little biased towards my dear Holly:) Betsy, you do such a good job at capturing the reality of the moment-Andrea

  7. Once again Betsy you have captured the heart and soul of a very special and dear couple to us. God has truly blessed you with a talent in which you are able to enhance other people's lives and moments. Thank you! Truly amazing beyond words.-Wayne & Michelle

  8. Truly Beautiful pics! -Michele from CCS