Yesterday I had the sincere pleasure of photographing surprise family photos that turned into a surprise vow renewal! Here's how it went down.. Joe had the idea of surprising Tami on their 35th wedding anniversary with renewing their vows. The kids were in on the idea and had a few surprises of their own.. including telling both their parents just hours before I arrived to their cottage on Lake Geneva to take family photos as an anniversary gift!
It was such a joy to be there to capture such raw moments filled with infinite love. There aren't enough words to express how incredibly awesome it was to be a part of this day! At one point I even said to Tami, "so is this what cloud 9 is like?" You could not wipe that smile off her face. See some of my favorites (which were incredibly hard to narrow down) below.
Gordy wanted in on the fun!
After some family shots in the yard we were ready for the boat!
There were so many things that made this shoot so special, but one is that this home has been in the family for 5 generations (and counting)! Not only were Tami & Joe married right in this backyard, but so were Jordan & Katelyn as well as Ashley & Kurt. Naturally, we had to take a few photos in the spots where they first said "i do"!
Aren't they just the cutest? 35 years!!
Once we were just about wrapped up with family photos, their pastor (who came up from their church in Barrington) walked down the backyard. Joe whispered into Tami's ear that they were going to renew their vows.. Surprise!
Once she could wrap her head around it all, her "bridesmaids" got in order and helped her get ready to walk down the aisle!
After readings by Ashley & Kurt and Jordan & Katelyn, Aubrey and Oliver sang a song.