MR. AND MRS. GOETZ (FINKSBURG, MARYLAND)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Every once in a while I receive an email that stops me in my tracks. So much so that no matter what time, what date (well, as long as I'm not booked), what location - I'm there, baby. A word to all potential clients, personality and individuality go a long way. Visual aids don't hurt either. Sweet miss McKenzie did both. 


McKenzie emailed me exactly one month before her wedding. Clearly last minute, her email was titled "a desperate plea". By her third sentence in she was telling me about her farm and the sheep, ducks, alpacas, chickens, and honeybees that live there. She also attached a photo of her wedding invitation (below) that she illustrated herself. Take me now, sailor! I needed to shoot this wedding.



Did I mention the farm animals dressed pretty for the wedding too?




And thus began a most sincerely beautiful wedding day













Be sure to check out McKenzie's illustrations. She makes some beautiful work! I'm jealous of her skills.




















I stole this print when I left. (Not really but I wanted to)














Confession: I really don't mind editing down the amount of photos for a blog post but I have ZERO self control when it comes to cat pictures. I apologize guys. I'm in love with McKenzie's cats. Do you SEE the bow-tie on this kitty! Oh my gosh.





The ceremony was held just down the path from McKenzie & Jamie's house. It loved how everything took place on the farm but it felt like three entirely different locations. And wow, the ceremony site was a dream.










This is about where I lost my breath. Could you have asked for a more beautiful day? I think not.



















 























I told McKenzie and Jamie to give me their best "Alpaca Face". It's not every day you can say that. I took advantage of it.









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The highlight of the day for me was when McKenzie said "Let's get some pictures with the animals!" I thought "Cool!" imagining some dorky kneel-by-the-fence-and-smile! kind of shot. Before I knew it McKenzie had changed out of her wedding gown into a beautiful summer dress and was holding a trough. The below picture reminds me of something from the Dorothea Lange era. It's my favorite shot of the day.










How to end a post like this? With a sheep cake of course!



McKenzie & Jamie - I'm so glad you guys emailed me. I feel honored to have gotten a glimpse of your beautiful life. Let's be friends. :)

26 comments:

I'm Kristen said...

wow.

lydia. so good. i love it.

Hannah said...

this is something beautiful, lyd. :)

Becca said...

beautiful.

Cassie @ WittyTitleHere.com said...

Lydia, these are gorgeous! You couldn't have captured the beauty of that day ANY better. Thank you for asking McKenzie and Jamie to make their best alpaca faces. :)

It was great meeting you!

Rachel Clarke said...

OOOOKAY. This wedding is RIDICULOUSLY personal and unique. I love openness about likes and dislikes. I mean the sheep cake?! Clearly they love their animals!!

These pictures made my heart ache with the beauty and my mind could hear the laughter or stillness. You did a lovely, beautiful job. :) What an amazing wedding.

Kristen said...

in.cred.i.ble.

your photography. your editing. her wedding. beautiful!

Caitlin said...

I want to be this wedding when I grow up.

carissa said...

Lydia! these are breathtaking.

Maureen Hartnett said...

Any wedding that includes broken arms, fluffy sheep and joyful brides, is okay by me. Love your sweet photos of the sweetest of weddings.

jo said...

these are lovely images from what was obviously a fascinating event!

Maria said...

What an incredibly beautiful bride. That dress is made for her!

beth said...

just beautiful

Kate said...

What Caitlin up there said! I'm just at a loss for words over all of this. It's so inspiring!

emily -- a adenver home companion said...

so so so so gorgeous.

Elisabeth said...

Stunning!

And where, oh where did she get her dress?

Naomi Goggin said...

This wedding is absolutely gorgeous, and I really love your photography - i am your newest fan. x

Lena said...

this is by no doubt the most beautiful and most honest wedding photography I've ever seen!

Bettye Rainwater said...

oh my god. i can't even. i can't.

if i wasn't at the office right now, there'd be tears streaming down my face. i adore these pictures of people i don't even know. i feel i *want* to know them. looking at your pictures, i feel i *do.*

thank you for shooting and sharing.

bettye

Vivian Chong said...

This is so lovely! Hope the marriage lasts a life time~

debodaconmaron said...

AMAZING wedding and photos. This is when I dream on becoming a better amateur photographer ;-)
Congratulations from Spain!

bridgetface said...

oh my goodness. every single one of these photographs is perfect! how amazing! <3

Sue said...

Absolutely amazing pictures. Love shines out of each and every one.

So perfect a wedding.

Sue xx

Kirsten said...

This is incredible.
I would have loved to have been at that wedding.

So care free, relaxed, fun!

Great photos!

-Kirsten
mylifetintedpink.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

these photos...
this wedding...
wow, wow, wow, just wow...
all shades of amazing...
truly!

Rici said...

That is such a wonderful wedding!! I´m overwhelmed with all the beauty and real smiles you caught there! AMAzing!

croppinmama said...

Ditto on all of the above & am in awe of the varied exposures, color, B&WS you did and it all goes together magnificently-trés
belle!!!