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A Textbook Wedding

You could say that Dan and Bethany took their studies at the John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family very seriously and quite literally -graduating with their Mr. and Mrs. degrees. 😉   So darn cute, too, was that the one “must have” wedding shot I had to get of them was in front of the Institute’s sign.  There’s something about this couple, that is so sincere about diving deep into the authentic mystery and beauty of marriage, that leaves you inspired and hopeful.  I’m sure Blessed JPII is sending them plenty of graces and warm smiles.   
Their wedding was very sweet and simple, a real community event, with lots of joyful family and friends from near and far pitching in to pull the wedding together, then happily dancing the night away.  The bride wore her mother’s wedding dress from the late 70’s, (I always think that’s just so neat to be able to wear your mother’s dress!), with a few alterations to make it her own.  I can only imagine what that must be like to see your daughter wearing your wedding dress, so intense and tender at the same time.  
Here are some of my favorite image highlights from their day.  Enjoy!


  • Zoe - August 7, 2011 - 11:52 am

    Lovely as always, Renata!

  • Julia - August 7, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    yay! clap, clap – beautiful! Congrats to the happy couple!

  • Christina Gergits - August 8, 2011 - 10:57 am

    Renata – you are so good! I do know know the couple but, as always, you’ve caputured their spirit and personalities so much I feel like I do!

  • Bethany (the bride) - August 8, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    Renata – these are AMAZING!! I laughed, I teared up, I smiled looking at them! They make the day come alive all over again. Wow. Just wow. Thank you so much!

  • Renata - August 8, 2011 - 1:26 pm

    I’m so glad you all love them – especially you, Bethany! That is exactly my goal -to bring back the joyful thoughts, feelings, images… of the day you started your sacramental marriage. It’s so deeply satisfying for me to hear your reaction, since I hope these images, and your album, will always be a beautiful reminder of the graces poured out on you that day and everyday of your married lives! Much happiness to you both!

  • Tom - August 8, 2011 - 6:13 pm

    Every one of these pictures is amazing and tells part of the wedding story! Incedible…well done, Renata!

  • Jacinthe - August 10, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    Amazing work, Renata. Just amazing. Your pictures are always great, but these ones – WOW! I love that you can tell, just by looking at a few of them, how totally in love they are. The close-up of the groom kissing his bride’s hand really touched me… it’s beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us!! Congratulations to Daniel and Bethany, and may God bless them abundantly!

  • Renata - August 10, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    Thank you so much, Jacinthe, for your comments! They mean a lot! I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  • Daniel (The Groom) - August 11, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    Renata, my heart can’t thank you enough, but I will try anyways: Thank you for beautifully capturing the most important day of my life and not only capturing it, but also letting it unfold through your pictures. I really enjoyed the candid shot by the Shrine and the picture of our vows among many other splendid pictures. Also, the picture of us kneeling before the Eucharist for the first time is priceless. He is our source for love and somehow you mysteriously captured that grace in our lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  • Renata - August 11, 2011 - 1:18 pm

    Dan, you’re making me cry! Thank you so much for sharing your heart and for trusting me to tell the story of your wedding day. I’m so deeply honored and grateful for the opportunity!

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