Burlington Backyard Wedding | Sara + Matt

Shooting this Burlington backyard wedding was something very personal. I consider all of my couples to be friends, and they are - there's no doubt about that. But these two are truly dear friends. I've known Sara + Matt for a beautiful 8 years.

The funniest part was that Matt and I almost dated. I say almost because there was never a chance that we would. 😀 We were best friends and were incredibly close, but we considered each other to be brother and sister. Sara tried to set us up a couple of times and through that, she got to know Matt well. I remember the night us and about 20 of our friends went out to Teddy Bear Cove to swim in the bioluminescence and have a good time. Sara came over to me while I was getting ready to brave the cool water and asked if I was ever going to be interested in Matt - she was so kind, she didn't want to step on my toes. I told her to get her butt over there and flirt. We all had such a good time. It's one of my most treasured memories. By the end of the night, Matt and Sara were curled up next to the fire, snuggled up. I think even then I knew that it was the start of some kind of forever.

Matt

Me

Not only are Sara and Matt two of my most treasured friends, but they also launched my photo career. And I do not mean that lightly. I had wanted to become a couples photographer for many years, but I never thought that I could do it. Not in the way that I wanted to do it, anyway. I know that candid/documentary style is incredibly popular now, but when I got into photography back in 2016, it was NOT the vibe. It was just getting started and I didn't think that anyone would want photos of in-the-moment memories. I'm a 90's baby, so I grew up with pose on pose on poses. But, I took a risk and asked them to model for me. What I'm about to show you are photos that are...uh...not my best. 😀

Now, don't hold these against me! Everyone starts somewhere!! 😀 But, looking past all the terrible editing and the fact that I had no idea how to work the settings...there's something there. And Sara and Matt saw it. After I took these photos, I was mortified and never wanted to photograph anyone again, but they wouldn't let me give up on it. Matt said, "You captured us." One of these photos was his Facebook profile picture for YEARS, even after I took much better photos of them. I always say that they launched my photo career because it was the first time that I actually saw my photos for what they were, documenting who a couple was, what their love felt like. In a way, it was the best way it could have happened.

The day started in the beautiful afternoon with friends showing up one after the other. In place of gifts, Sara and Matt asked for people to bring flowers. The place was covered in vases that were bursting with beautiful flowers. It smelled incredible! Then add in that Matt's friends were chef's and everyone had brought a fresh home made dish, oh my goodness, my nose was in heaven! My best friend in the entire world came up from California with her husband and son and most of my time was snuggling up with her and taking pictures of out matching belly bumps together. 🙂 My husband looked ridiculously handsome as always and we all had the absolute best time being all under one roof for the first time in many, many moons.

The rest of the afternoon was filled with laughter, tears, hilarious + heartwarming speeches, and arguably the best gluten free cake I've ever had in my life from Pure Bliss. I made sure to get photos of the photos of Sara's dad. He passed away when she was just 13, but I don't doubt for one second that he wasn't there, basking in the joy of his only daughter celebrating the union between her and the love of her life.

We closed our time together with portraits in one of the most magical spots in their beautiful neighborhood. It was beyond glorious.

Sara, Matt, I love you long time. It is an honor to get to love you and to have been witness to your love story unfolding over so many years. Here's to many, many more.

Xoxo, Your Ren