Monday, July 30, 2007

Anna & Steven | Philadelphia | July 28, 2007

Clouds build at dusk outside the church, following the Friday night rehearsal.

Thunderheads darken the evening sky viewed from the backyard of Anna & Steve's house the scene of a post rehearsal feast. Not too long after this a summer storm blew through.

A card at Anna and Steve's home.

A bridal couple snow globe adorns a shelf at their home, a framed copy of the wedding invitation is behind the globe.

Steve puts the finishing touches on the car decorations, before the ceremony.

Frank, the best man, and Steve organize the rings before the ceremony.

Karen, Anna's sister-in-law, helps Anna put on the finishing touches of make-up.

Steve makes his grand entrance into the church.

Anna is escorted down the aisle by her younger brother Michael (Karen's husband).

The newly married couple coming down the aisle.

The cake's so Anna!

The four remaining Schneider children, including (clockwise, from upper left): My Mom, Uncle Paul (and my godfather), Aunt Cass, and Aunt Louise.

Steve dances with his mother Ruth during the Mother/Son dance.

"Save a horse...ride a cowboy..."

Aunt Louise is in the front, being pushed by Aunt Barbara, during a conga line dance.

I think that all the weddings I photograph are special .... though I must confess that this past weekend's wedding in the Philadelphia suburbs was extra special.

You see my favorite first cousin Anna was married to Steven on Saturday at The Church of the Redeemer in Springfield, PA.

Anna and I have been close since we were kids and our family made the annual pilgrimmage to the East Coast from the midwest to visit the relatives in Philly.

Anna is a choir teacher and music is her life. Her Maid of Honor's daughter directed the choir, which was made up of former students. The traditional organ was played, as well as a trumpet duo.

At the reception, music was also played a big role in the celebration. The couple were announced at the reception to the Sponge Bob Square Pants Theme Song -- Steve's a big fan of the animated character. The word is, he's got one of the most extensive collection of SBSP memorabilia -- it may even rival his Coca-cola memorabilia (he's a Coke delivery person, so he's had a while to amass the collection). Also, the DJ was forbidden by the terms of the contract from playing The Chicken Dance. Aside from that, the music was fun, raucous and festive--just like the couple and their families!

Anna and Steve met over a year ago and there was an instant bond. I could certainly understand that after meeting him for the first time this week. He and his family made me feel right at home and he seemed to be the perfect match for Anna's personality.

Congratulations Anna and Steve! Have an amazing honeymoon!

Your cuz!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Images on Nicki's HappySnap

I downloaded images from Nicki's little Canon (of course!) point and shoot camera.

The first image was made in June, during Mom's visit -- the second made just the other night.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Square Shots

coming back from Albertsons...a daily occurence

Kate meets her neighbor Eva, a veritable twin...

a reluctant eater, near the end of the day...wheels just about ready to come off....

Kate's own little Mary Kay ride...

Nicki, trying hard to break Kate of the's not going well...

Nicki's creation for Kate...assembled, sanded and painted...priceless ;-)!

my favorite time of year because the flowers are in always reminds me of buying the house which was four years ago next month.

the girls, back from a morning power walk...

Some personal photos shot with a very retro Hasselblad

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Ruby Red Slippers & A New Word for Today: "Yak!"

Yesterday Kate dug in her bedroom closet and found the Ruby Red Slippers that Nicki bought for her about a year ago.

As you can tell from the second photo, she's still 8-12 months from really being able to fit into them, but that didn't stop Kate from wanting to wear them as she waltzed around the studio.

The third photo shows a shaggy Kate doing her "Cousin Itt" imitation (The Addams Family) in the back of the car after she and Nicki got back from a playdate at Terry's. After her dinner and bath, and during bedtime reading she learned the word Yak and we couldn't stop her from saying it (along with giggles and smile) as we plopped her into bed.

We half expect that we'll hear her saying it as she wakes up in the middle of the night for one of her "parties" (two nights ago she woke up and we heard the word "car" being chanted a lot).

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Janik & Alfred | 7/7/07

After much anticipation, Janik and Alfred were married on probably the most popular wedding date ever this past Saturday at the Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano.

The weather was absolutely perfect (which will totally annoy my friends in Arizona who have been sweltering) and the couple, their friends and family members were in great spirits.

Congratulations to you both and have a great Hawaii honeymoon!