Julia is one of the most bubbly, energetic, smiley (and not to mention HILARIOUS) individuals I’ve ever met. When I sat down with her a few days before the wedding, I was surprised to see her tearing up as we talked about the wedding day and what she was looking forward to.
“It’s just a really emotional time right now” she told me.
And it was. In a few days, Mike would be back from overseas where he’d been for the past few months with the military. In a few days, all of the hard months of planning would come together for a beautiful event. In a few days, Julia would marry her best friend and the love of her life.
On a warm spring day in early May, Julia and Mike were married at the Carnegie Institution of Science. Julia made on of the most beautiful brides I’d ever seen – I’m not certain if if was the stunning Monique Lhuillier lace dress with the open back, or the fresh lavender bouquet that was grown by Amaryllis just for Julia, or the thoughtfulness I saw from her on the wedding day, especially when she surprised her mother with an amazing opera rendition of Ava Maria, the same song that was sang on her mother and father’s wedding day. Whatever it was, she looked absolutely gorgeous. And while there were a few tears of happiness of the wedding day, it was mostly huge smiles and laughter, reminding me of the usual Julia who can light up a room with a quick quip or an outrageous story.
I’ve seen a lot of different types of love throughout the years – unconditional, passionate, romantic, patient, and soulmate love. Julia and Mike are lucky to have it all and I feel lucky to have met this amazing couple whose love spans an ocean and time.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this a beautiful event, including the wonderful National Portrait Gallery who was kind enough to let us come in to take wedding portraits in their beautiful space!