This blog is in honor of my friend, Cathy. We met in 7th grade, early in the morning because we were goody two-shoes (or rather, I was), and we were washing the blackboard. Before long we were calling each other every day after school and talking for way too long about nothing, as girls at that age do. Well, not nothing, but, ya know! In our defense, we weren't in the same class, so we had to catch each other up frequently. Yeah, that sounds right. Anyway, I remember talking a lot about how we envisioned our futures, which turned out pretty much how neither of us planned. But lo and behold, Cathy said she was getting married. I must admit I was shocked, and it didn't really have anything to do with her. It's hard to explain, but you know how when you know someone a long time, you have this idea of them stuck in your head? Well, I obviously don't think of her as a 7th grader, but I guess I had trouble separating our younger lives from our adult ones, especially because we don't see each other often. I got over it, of course, and I was happy to attend, and more, be included.
This may have been the only time in our lives that I've seen her in a dress, and what a way to make an impression!
I wasn't the official photographer, so I could take shots at leisure. I'm glad it was relaxed because I got to partake in the hair and make-up, and her sweet nieces get theirs done too. Being friends for such a long time grants you access that others can't have, so I got to help/watch/photograph the dress going on and all that. This shot was right after the dress was on and we were headed out to the ceremony. What I love about this shot - and it's my favorite from the whole wedding, is her expression. She knows me, she trusts me, she does what I tell her. Lol! (She was always very good at taking directions photo-wise. Makes for better photographs! But I digress...) I think she looks pretty serene for someone who's about to have 90 people stare at her, and I think it shows her calmness, because she is about to marry a pretty special guy.
Cathy has always been supportive of my photography. She let me pose her, experiment, and was never shy so I could practice. This woman helped me get started, so it seems only fitting that I capture her on her day and give something back. I hope these give you joy, my friend.