I have a really special favorite photo share for you today from Laura & Zack who were married last May in Cooperstown, NY…..
Laura writes: “Growing up, we always had a large picture of my grandfather on our bookshelves. He was smoking a cigar and had on a big smile that showed how happy, jovial and passionate of a man he was. He knew how to have a good time and enjoyed life to the fullest. I never knew him because he passed away about 6 months after I was born, but this picture was the closest I ever came to really knowing him – because I passed by it every day.
When planning the wedding, we decided to have a tribute table to him where we set up the cigar bar – it would be a surprise to my father. We used this picture and made a sign that said “please take one in honor of Luigi”. My dad was beyond touched. Then a few weeks later we got our proofs back from Amanda – and we had our own version of this photo – but this time with my dad as the subject. He was “holding court” on the bocce field and giving a huge belly laugh. It’s my favorite of the whole album because it summarizes my father – and I think in effect, the feelings of the day – perfectly. He is a hugely lovable, passionate and fun-loving man and no day is going to bring that out of him more than one when he is surrounded by friends and family. I also can’t help but feel that this photo may be one for the “generations”, just like the one of my grandfather was. Our kids, their kids and even THEIR kids will always know their “Papa Louie”, as long as this photo is around.”
Zack writes: “This photo has struck me for two reasons. First of all, it is easy on the eyes. I love the view that is captured and the lines of the shot – the tree, the path, the lake. The picture is upstate NY – the part of the country where Laura and I met and created a lot of great memories – at its best. Second, the picture captures a great moment for Laura and me. Our wedding ceremony had wrapped up without a hitch (with all credit in the planning and execution going to Laura) and our guests were enjoying a cocktail hour before the reception. Walking to the edge of the lake to take a couple pictures on the water, this was the first moment alone Laura and I had together and, for me, was the first time I was able to soak in the moment. I was now married to my long-time best friend with our friends and family thoroughly enjoying themselves behind us. Doesn’t get much better.”
Thank you SO much Laura & Zack!! xo