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Kate & Joe | Wedding | Columbus, OH

Last Monday was our two-year wedding anniversary :).  The day before Natalia and I celebrated in a very cool way, with a very special couple and their incredible family.  Kate and Joe got married in Columbus, Ohio on September 19th and we were lucky enough to be a part of it.

A few weeks before our anniversary, Natalia and I were discussing what we would like to do this year.  With our schedules, travel seemed out of the question and we wanted to celebrate more than just ourselves anyway. We wanted to show gratitude for how lucky we were to have a wedding of our dreams.  A wedding made possible only thanks to support and generosity of our friends. We really wanted to do something that would give back to the world at least a little of what we received.  So, we naturally thought of the one thing we could give, that we didn’t have ourselves on our wedding day.  Photos!  One of Natalia’s biggest regrets has always been not hiring a photographer that day, so she suggested that we post a giveaway for anyone having their ceremony the weekend of September 18th and 19th, figuring that not a lot of people would be getting married on Monday, September 20th.  And then we thought that since it was such a last minute idea, not a lot of people would know about our giveaway.

This is where the story gets better!  With the help and generosity of the wonderful Meg and her blog, A Practical Wedding we were able to reach out to a larger bridal community, as she did a beautiful post about our giveaway on her blog and although there were criteria about the wedding having to be local to be eligible, when Judy contacted us on behalf of her younger sister we couldn’t resist wanting to make it work for Kate and Joe.  We were very touched by Judy’s eloquence and her love for her younger sister.  And once we met the whole family it became apparent that this love is a rule and not an exception in this large and growing clan 🙂  – both Judy and her brother Justin are engaged to be married next year.

Kate and Joe are an amazing young couple. It is rare in this day and age to find two people who, at the age of 20 and 22, are so mature and sure in their love that they would be ready to make a life long commitment. It was a true pleasure to meet them and to visit their family home – which is so reflective of everyone’s commitment, labor and love.  And there was a really cool bar too – grandpa’s bar was the “real deal” – with bar stools, tables, big sports TV and witty attitude :).

Kate and Joe, we hope you are having a fantastic honeymoon (go visit Sanibel Island!) and though you have heard us say this before – we really couldn’t have imagined nicer people and family to spend our anniversary weekend with!  And … Judy definitely takes the “greatest big sister” prize for flying us out to Ohio.

  • Alex,

    I can’t imagine a better photographer to work with- you and Natalia were so friendly and professional. And you had an incredible ability to set up creative shots and help us all feel comfortable in front of the camera. And probably best of all, was your ability to capture the organic shots without excessive posing. The pictures are just beautiful! I can’t recommend you enough and my fiance’ and I loved your work so much that we’re hiring you to shoot our wedding! Thank you for coming out to photograph her day. Thanks to you, she’ll have pictures for the rest of her life. ~Judy, Sister of the BrideReplyCancel

  • Sandy Becker

    Alex and Natalia,

    It was so wonderful to meet you both and to have you at Kate’s wedding. We were all so blessed to see your beautiful photography and to get to know you both. You are wonderful people who did a wonderful thing by giving Kate and Joe this wonderful gift. I know that we will see you again at another family wedding….

    Bye the way – Happy belated anniversary!!! You two were meant for each other.

    Sandy and Scott Becker – Aunt and Uncle of the BrideReplyCancel

  • Kate and Joe Poston

    Hello Alex and Natalia!

    We cannot even begin to express how thankful we are that you gave us this incredible gift. Before the wedding we did not think that photography would be something that we would really miss from our wedding but seeing the photos that you have taken and reliving our day through them is undescribably special. It was a beautiful thing that you did for us and we cannot thank you enough. May you both have many long and happy years to cherish together as we hope to have! See you again soon!!

    Joseph and Kate Poston- Groom and Bride 🙂

    P.S. Sanibel has been magical!!!ReplyCancel

  • Max Poston

    Alex and Natalia,

    Thank you for your gift of photography to Joseph and Kate. Your professionalism and the genuine feelings which you expressed on this day really show through in the photos you took. To do this as a celebration of your anniversary speaks highly of the both of you. This will be something that both of them, and all of us, will treasure for years to come.

    Thanks again.

    -Max Poston, Father of the GroomReplyCancel

  • joan rainier

    Dear Alex and Natalia, How do you put into words the gratitude we feel in our heart towards you both for your kindness and the true gift of love, (sacrifice)the giving of ones self. What you did for Kate and Joe as a gift to each other is what we all should be doing! The reward is seeing the gratitude of the recipient. this is what it takes to make it through the life of marriage and you displayed that with your gift! Thank you both again and we are looking forward to sharing more blessed days with you at Judy’s wedding. May God Bless your lives and your work this coming year.
    Gratefully yours, Brett and Joan Rainier (Brides parents)ReplyCancel

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