a generous kind of love

This is a very special wedding I want to share today. Not because Onteora Mountain House was beyond stunning, or because the bride was effortlessly beautiful, or because the details were all hand-made by the bride (but, of course, they were), but because of the type of people that were involved in creating this day.

When Bea first wrote to me, I thought to myself, “Have we met before?” … “if not we definitely should!” Her generous spirit and easy-going nature made me feel completely at ease. Beyond that, Bea’s conviction to help others as a human rights lawyer, as well as just a human, was so clear it jumped right off the page for me. Her description of the kind of person Dave, her fiancé, is furthered my belief that I wanted to get to know these two better. This is why I chose them as the winners of my 2014 #projectweddinggiveaway!

We met just the day before their wedding in the Catskill mountains of New York at Onteora, a wedding venue that is so well appointed, I could have just wandered for hours looking at their beautiful collection of art from around the world! I usually like to do an engagement session well before a wedding to get to know the couple and to give them some beautiful photos to document that time in their lives. In this case though, we didn’t have the chance to meet before, since they live on the east coast, and I am all the way over in the pacific northwest. I was right about Bea and Dave’s easy-going nature, I felt like I knew them from way back, and that made it super relaxing and fun! Plus, I love to travel for weddings, and am so inspired by new sites, that I felt right at home.

I am still smiling thinking about how calm Bea was working with her maid of honor and Dave’s mom to create all of the centerpieces and bouquets the day before and how Dave and his guys worked so hard to organize all of the last minute details. The efforts of everyone involved were indicative of that generous and giving spirit that Bea and Dave work to foster in their work and lives. Documenting weddings of people like Bea and Dave are hands-down my favorite. There’s a feeling that I can’t describe that just radiates from a couple like this. Thank you, Bea and Dave, for doing what you do and inviting me to be a part of it!

catskills wedding photographer

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Kathryn