2/20/08

rache.+.dave.new.jersey

I had the pleasure of traveling to NJ to document Rachel and Dave's beautiful wedding. I met Rachel and her family while Jimmy (my hubby) was playing Baseball for the Atlantic City Surf team-Go Surfs!. Jim and Dave played ball together as well.

Eilene-Rachel's mother went to be with the Lord just a few weeks before their wedding day, she had been battling cancer for some time. Her presence was still very much alive at their wedding, It was neat to see how much support and love that the whole family has. I don't think I've ever been a part of a wedding where literaly each and every guest was obviously close with the bride and groom.

The Syvertson family means so much to me in so many ways. They helped us find a home when we moved to NJ, they took us under their wing and made sure we were always comfortable. Eilene was one of the most loving and compassionate people I have ever met. She always had us over for dinner and made us the most AMAZING Chocolate Chip Cake. I could write a whole memoir on how much I love this cake of hers! Not kidding, I would have paid her to make it and mail it to me. In fact I really wish I would have thought of that. Rache-can you make the cake as good as her? The Syvertson family really helped fill the void of me not having any friends or family around during our stay in Jersey, and for that I will forever be grateful.

To be able to witness the families strength during such a hard time was awe inspiring. Eilene and her family continued and still continues to glorify God in all of their hardships. The wedding was a happy occasion even though all were mourning the loss of Eilene. There were even some jokes made during the ceremony that I'm sure had Eilene chuckling :)

So it is my honor to share with you their special day. Thank you Syvertson family for all that you have done for Jim and me, and thank you for being such an amazing example.

This song was one that Eilene used to help her perservere through her walk with cancer.


love,
Heather
There will be many more images to come from my wonderful photographer friend Cristina Wisner! She shot all the guys stuff :)



This is Dave and Rachel seeing eachother for the first time!!




I'm in love with this image, I love the look and feel it has.





I think it was at this point in the ceremony when the pastor was joking with Al (Rache's dad) that Eilene would much rather be with Jesus than with him, but no hard feelings of course :) The single rose to the left of Al is to represent Eilene's place in that very special day.









13 comments:

Mandy@Mandy Hank Photography said...

Heather- these are beautiful- you can really see the love in this family. How wonderful for them to continue on with her mother's spirit!

Julie said...

Heather! words can't even express my feelings on the pictures from rachel and dave's wedding. i'm sitting here crying my eyes out as I listen to Eileen's song and looking at the pictures! you honestly have the most amazing talent and I thank you so much for coming to photograph the wedding for them. They are breath taking!! more than I ever could have expected!!

Sheryl said...

Heather - Those pictures took my breath away and what you wrote about my mom in the beginning was extremely sweet! I needed a good cry! You're so talented and I can't wait to see the rest of them! Thank you for capturing my sister's wedding day in such an amazing way!

Wendy said...

Heather- God has truly given you a gift. You captured the event, the personalities, the emotions, the relationships, the moments. Your talent and your heart are appreciated in the art of these photos. Breathtaking indeed....

Karen Mikols said...

Looooove the flower photo, the couples at the bright hotel and the girls laughing at the blue wall. I'm SOOOO excited you'll be making your art at my wedding with Erik in September!!!!!!

Jan Sy said...

Heather. Your pictures are amazing. We know Eileen loved you and your work and was honored that you would come photograph her daughter's wedding. Great job and you did capture their personalities in a beautiful way! God Bless all your endeavors as you continue in your very gifted profession.

Lessett Garcia said...

Heather WOW....YOU are amazing. I to Meet Rachel and her family while my boyfriend played in Atlantic City Rachel and her famliy were also so welcoming to us Eileen will truly be missed. I love these photos do you travel because hopefully I will be getting married soon and I would love to use you. Your work is outstanding. I live in Tampa, Fl please contact me and let me know about were you are located and how you go about doing weddings WOW I just can't get over how wonderful you made there special day you are a blessing here is my e-mail address. Lessett91624@aol.com

Heather said...

I am humbled by all of your kind words. Thank you for taking the time to share with me.

Heather said...

I am humbled by all of your kind words. Thank you for taking the time to share with me.

Amy Herfurth said...

Beautiful, Heather, I am sure you and Cristina had a blast together!!

shawnreeder said...

Gorgeous images Heather. You are a rock star!!

Nathaniel Thompson said...

Heather you are so good! I'm a fellow pictager and noticed one of your posts, so thought I'd check out your work. You rocked this wedding! I'm going to keep checking back to see what else you post!

Heather said...

wow thanks guys!!!