MR. AND MRS. MURPHY (FORKSVILLE, PA)

Sunday, September 19, 2010


When I was little one of my neighborhood friends told me that when it rained it meant that an angel was taking a shower in heaven. I thought that was pretty ridiculous. But ever since then on a rare occasion I'll think about the weather and what goes on up there when God decides which kind of day to give us here on earth. Because it always seems to be rainy on Mondays and never snow on Christmas, you know? I still don't know if there's a method to the madness, but one thing I know for sure is that God blessed a certain Saturday in Forksville, PA with unusually beautiful weather. I've never had such a distinct sense that He was smiling down on everything that was about to take place.

If you've been following my blog for a while you are no stranger to Ian and Larissa. My first post featuring them was David and Sarah Altrogge's wedding in 2008. Then a little over a year later I blogged photos of the two of them at Ian's home in Indiana, PA. You can read about their story in more detail in those posts or on the Pray for Ian blog. But to recap, Ian was in a very serious car accident in 2006 and wasn't expected to recover. In fact, I vividly remember praying with my family for comfort for his family as he was expected to pass away that evening. But, God had other plans. Ian and Larissa were close to engagement before his accident and after years of slow recovery Ian was finally able to propose to the love of his life, Larissa.

I feel like we use the word love a lot. "I love this movie!" or " I loove pizza!" But, let we tell you, witnessing this wedding and the true, complete, selfless love that Ian and Larissa have for each other has completely redefined my definition of the word "love". It's not your typical love. In fact, according to many in the world it would seem absurd for these two to marry. But they married because Ian and Larissa's definition for love is that of Christ's love for his people not the kind of watered down love we see in the movies. It's a once in a lifetime thing to attend an event like this one and certainly one of the greatest honors of my life to be invited to photograph it. Ian and Larissa, you have my deepest love and respect. I know God is going to impact so many people through you.



Hold it...it's three photos in and can't you already tell what an incredible style Larissa has? Just wait. It gets even better.


Larissa ordered the bridesmaids dresses from Etsy and collected vintage umbrellas for each of them from yard sales and other places. I can't put into words how lovely they looked so hopefully my photos will do a little of that for me.


Larissa also carried on her bouquet photos of deceased relatives who couldn't be at the wedding.



Holy cow, I'm in love with these bridesmaids photos. Are these girls just adorable??


The gorgeous location sure didn't hurt either!




After photographing the girls I met up with Ian and the boys. Ian was soo excited. It was the sweetest thing to watch.


I loved their boutonnieres, belt buckles, and other little details like this pocket watch.





The ceremony was the most emotional ceremony I've ever been too. The guests were each given a pack of tissues and I'm convinced there wasn't a dry eye the entire duration of the ceremony.


This is one of my favorite shots from the day. David Altrogge is Ian's best friend and has faithfully been by his side since the car accident.


Here's a photo I took from David's wedding in 2008. (Side note: Aren't you grateful I don't edit that way anymore? Haha.)






Ian and Larissa both wrote their own vows and during Ian's the entire congregation broke down. It was such an emotional moment.





But Ian has a wonderful sense of humor and he found a way to lighten the mood by leaning in multiple times to try and kiss Larissa before the "kiss" was announced!





The lovely David and Sarah :) I always try to sneak in a photo of my past clients.







So so sweet.







Larissa hand wrote notes to each of the guests at the reception. She even wrote one to me! I think my heart turned into melted butter when I realized that. Larissa is seriously one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I know.



Okay, get ready for a BUNCH of reception photos. But, you'll understand why I posted so many once you scroll down. Larissa's vision for this wedding was just perfect. It was probably the most creative, charming, and beautifully decorated reception I've ever seen.








I also couldn't resist the typewriter guestbook :)


Also, stellar idea! Larissa set up a little refreshment station next to the porta potties.




At the end of the night, the guests lit dozens of sky lanterns set them free into the clear night sky. I've honestly never seen something so beautiful. The guests were speechless and teary eyed watching them gracefully lift into the sky. I kept it together until...




...moments later they began setting off fireworks! I lost it. It was honestly THE most beautiful celebration to conclude one of the most incredible displays of love the world has ever seen between two people.


Ian and Larissa, I have no more words. Just thanks upon thanks for inviting me to document your beautiful wedding day. I will never forget that day. I love you guys.

57 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Lydia, these are so gorgeous!! I'm sitting here crying at work. You're right about this wedding being amazing for so many reasons. These are beautiful!
Sarah A.

Kelley Murphy said...

beautiful. I've been looking forward to this wedding for ages, and they don't even know who I am! =) Fabulous job capturing the day, Lydia.
~Kelley

megan said...

Beautiful pictures, sweet testimony. you captured it so well.

beth a. said...

oh my goodness lydia! these are beautiful!!!
you're good at making people cry at their desks :)

Leah said...

Love it all! Beautiful story & beautiful photos. Do you know what etsy seller she got the dresses from? Those are adorable!

Laura said...

Oh my - I can't stop the tears. What an unbelievable love between these two, and the day - the details. Spectacular. Simply wonderful. I'm new to your blog, found you through Kristen Leigh and Jamie Delaine, but I will so be back. I'm a 20's photographer in Minnesota, so it's refreshing to see such amazing talent from one of my peers. Nice to 'meet' you, Lydia!

-Laura

Anonymous said...

You're good at making people cry in their art studios too, dear. So lovely, so much to thank God for. I am so happy for them and pray God's blessings in the years ahead. Maureen

Cassie said...

My goodness Lyd...you never cease to amaze me. I think I started crying just at the title of the post because I realized who it was! David and Sarah's wedding is one of my favorite posts of yours and I revisit it often. I loved that one for many reasons, especially for this lovely couple. Once I knew it was them it was game over. Tears began streaming down my face in my Intro to Tech class. What a beautiful picture of Christ their love is for us. Thank you for blessing my day by sharing their love with me! :)

(p.s. have you seen more spectacular attention to details??)

Love, love...Cassie (your most 'faithfulest' fan)

Chaucee said...

These pictures are so amazing! You do such great work. I love all the colors and patterns in this wedding.

Caitlin Hardgrove said...

Hey Lydia!! I've been meaning to tell you how impressed I am of your work...but after seeing these photos I couldn't let another day go by without letting you know! You are soooo very talented and I am so happy you've discovered this awesome artistic ability that you're so good at :) I hope all is well and I look forward to seeing what else you've got up your sleeve!

P.S. Was it me that said the little angel shower comment?? HAHA

I'm Kristen said...

perfect perfect perfect. seriously, amazing Lyd :D

Alex said...

Beautiful photos, I love your style and how you captured the day. Lovely!

Anonymous said...

I have been been following ian and larissa and their story since day one. and, lydia, you did an amazing job capturing their beautiful wedding. i just cried seeing these wonderful photos of them and their love for each other! i have looked at your work for a while now and i love everything you do :D

larissa- i respect you so much. you are such a beautiful example to me of true love. congratulations!

love, a friend from fairfax

Rachel Bridgwood said...

I'm at the bus stop and I'm crying haha .. so beautiful. Wow

Pray for Ian said...

lydia!!! you made everyone cry! i love hearing where people were when they started crying- ha!

you did such an awesome job capturing our wedding - i want to go back and i can't wait to see the rest!!!!

lov
laris

Anonymous said...

so good lydia!!
erin w.

Kristen said...

These are beautiful...your pictures tell the story well. It's beyond beautiful. And lovely tones too. :)

Kristen said...

These are wonderful...your pictures tell the story well. It's beyond beautiful. And lovely tones too. :)

Oliver Peng said...

This was beautiful. The wedding and the story.

Craig Burnett said...

Sitting alone in a hotel room in Vegas, missing my wife, and read about this story on Reddit. I'm now crying my eyes out with tears of joy, love and respect for two people I've never met, and likely never will. And it's because their spirit is alive and emanating from your brilliant photos. As Ian and Lydia's love is a gift from God, so is your ability to communicate it so eloquently, so masterfully.

chris said...

amazing, amazing, amazing love. i can tell they received true LOVE first.

thank you for this :)

Craig Burnett said...

Obviously, I meant Ian and Larissa's love...forgive the typo. :)

Anonymous said...

If you haven't already - you might consider submitting this to offbeatbride.com - awesome website and I know many people would appreciate these beautiful photographs of such an awesome wedding!

Linda from NC said...

I finally got in after a very long day of work at 10 pm and sat at the kitchen table to eat a bowl of cereal, with my laptop beside me. That is where you made me cry. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm from the same place as Craig (reddit) and I agree with his sentiment. Absolutely amazing photography and wonderful story.

"psv"

MommyCha said...

I found this link on Reddit and didn't expect such a beautiful and powerful story. You truly captured this amazing story with love, it made me cry and show my husband and toddler the beauty of this moment. Thank you for sharing this with us and I wish all the best to the lovely couple! <3

Lydia said...

I've followed Ian and Larissa's story from the time of his accident and am so overjoyed at their marriage! I love how you captured not only the amazing wedding, but the essence of them!

Anonymous said...

I happened across a post linking this blog on Reddit, but I must say I'm deeply touched and inspired by these pictures.
May you both lead long and beautiful lives together.

Anonymous said...

Just passiing by via link from Reddit. Ian and Larissa's story is touching by itself. The beautiful photos of such a wonderful wedding top the story off. All the happiness in the world to them both!

~Mark

Mascara or Motoroil said...

My boyfriend sowed me this link and we sat there holding hands and looking through the pictures together. We both agreed that this is the most BEAUTIFUL, sweet, and fun-looking wedding we've ever seen. I told him that I will probably steal some of these amazing ideas for our wedding someday. Truly, these two are such an incredible example of what love is and why people should get married. Thank you so much for sharing this with the world. :)

Mike Hartnett said...

beatiful lyds, i love youz!

melinda said...

Lydia, I've been following your budding business for a while and ever since the engagement photos, I've been looking forward to experiencing their wedding through your eyes. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I was linked to these pictures by a friend. I don't know anyone in them, but I agree with the person who posted before me. These photographs are beautiful and I wish the best for the happy couple.

brooke @ claremont road said...

Their story and their obvious love for each other brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful photos, beautiful people!

Julia Mary said...

Lyd... these are stunning. You did a wonderful job of capturing the love that happened that day. They were so blessed to have you as their photographer!

Anastasia said...

Thank you for sharing the story of this beautiful couple along with your amazing images.

Thier love made my day.

Anonymous said...

What fine,gentle and good people. May God bless and care for you all.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful. I am from India, but you still touched me from so far away, like a gust of scented breeze...

thomas said...

Story of love
Glory of love.....

Anonymous said...

I am thankful that I found this this morning... It's not often that a group of photos can move someone to tears and it is incredible that it was brought to me at a time of struggle to realize that life is precious. You only find a love like the one that you have beautifully displayed here, once in lifetime.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful wedding, beautiful photos and a beautiful story of God's love!
Also would you share what Etsy store the dresses came from?

Anonymous said...

I don't even know this couple..I'm from Wisconsin, and just came across this website from a bridal shop. This couple brought me to tears looking through the pictures! You can see the LOVE they have for each other. Congratulations on your wedding day and hope you have MANY years to come!

Kelley said...

one of the most beautiful stories I heard in a while. I had to choke back tears as I read this, and I don't know these folks either! your pictures are spectacular and probably make me think about weddings too much :) thanks for the inspiration and keep on shootin!

ruffedgedesign said...

This is an amazingly beautiful wedding and story. You did a great job telling it, both with your words and your photos. Thank you so much for sharing Ian and Larissa's special day with the world.

I my friend, a high school English teacher, a link to your post. Here's her response:

"OMG. I am sitting here CRYING at work now after looking at this!! Sniffling...trying quickly to pull it together. But thank you for forwarding this along. BEAUTIFUL doesn't begin to describe this story and the wedding.

"My students are beginning work on Digital Stories--they use imovie to illustrate a memoir piece. It's my favorite assignment of the entire year as the results are always so incredible. I am going to share this blog with them today next block as yet another example of how powerful it is to mix 'story' with 'images'."

Mindy said...

Beautiful! All of it!

marcusneto said...

So awesome. The wedding was beautiful but the story is even more so. And your pictures are wonderful. Thanks for sharing this.

June said...

This is so beautiful.. Had tears in my eyes.. You take great pictures!

lisa said...

I stumbled on your pictures. I have no idea who you are but these are the most beautiful pictures, this is the most beautiful wedding! I want my wedding to be just like this! I wish i knew people like all of you. God bless.

Allyson Janell said...

Amazing story, amazing photos Lydia! =)

Anna Campbell said...

Absolutely amazing, you captured their wedding so beautifully.

Emily said...

Your best post ever, brought me to tears. so amazing, thanks for capturing true love.

The Qi Pieces said...

Along with everyone else, I had tears of JOY! You have captured the meaning of true love. This was a beautiful wedding. Thanks for sharing.

Alyssa said...

Blown away by God and His faithfulness. You did a beautiful job documenting an incredible wedding!

Allison Dowell said...

I cried while reading this. What a beautiful gift from the Lord.

Haven said...

Awesome photography.
havenlife@rocketmail.com

PaisleyJade said...

Moved beyond words. Your photos are beautiful and captured such a stunning and moving day. Just had to blog about it too!

canvas print said...

the photos are so beautiful. the whole day looked great. i like the style of the pictures to.