In 2010, I graduated from The College of William and Mary and at the same time, Caitlin, one of my best friends, moved to Paris to continue her undergraduate degree. While the goodbye was bittersweet, Caitlin went on to earn a degree in fashion, get a great job with an internationally renowned designer, and met and fell in love with her now husband, a pilot.
In 2014, I got a text telling me she was engaged, planning on moving back to the states, and soon thereafter I was invited to see her and Julien exchange vows in Lynchburg, Virginia.
"We had just touched down from France a week earlier, and so it was a really special moment to spend with friends and family we hadn't seen in a while," remembers Caitlin.
Caitlin's family, including her grandmother, "Mimi," and great grandfather, "Gramps," were able to be at the ceremony, which took place in the church that Gramps and Caitlin's great grandmother attended their whole lives. Caitlin has her great grandmother's engagement ring. "Gramps passed away a couple months later, so I was so happy to be able to have him there for that special day."
Of course, I couldn't go without my camera and I got the unbelievable opportunity to capture such a beautiful day! Lynchburg's vibrant fall colors were the perfect backdrop to their new, exciting, and bright future!
"The morning leading up was stressful and I was full of nerves - I really wished our parents could have been there."
"The ceremony was short and sweet, and I couldn't hold the tears back. It was incredibly emotional to be in that setting, after such a whirlwind cross-continent move, and it all kind of hit me as I was saying my vows that I was actually, in that moment, marrying the man of my dreams," says Caitlin.
"I can say it was definitely one of the best and most memorable days of my life," Caitlin recalls. "We celebrated our marriage again with...all our friends and family in Texas on July 25th of the next year, and the day was such a special tribute to the bond we had made on October 25th."
The wonderful people who made this wedding possible: