Happy Anniversary Christopher + Claudia!

I am a portrait photographer. I do not shoot weddings. 

Well. I didn't. Until this one time when I did.

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So, like I said, I do not specialize in weddings. Because of that, I don't often get the opportunity to shoot engagement portraits. Wedding photographers usually include the engagement session in their packages. That makes the odds of someone looking for ONLY engagement photos Very Slim. 

That being said, Claudia called me last year requesting an engagement session. I joyfully accepted and we commenced making plans for her big day (ha).

I should have suspected something, but I am at times (often?) rather dense. 

She told me they wanted to go downtown, starting at the courthouse where they were signing some papers.

Signing some papers, eh? 

Signing their marriage certificate was merely the beginning-of-the-end of Christopher and Claudia's bellisima Love Story. 

Signing their marriage certificate was merely the beginning-of-the-end of Christopher and Claudia's bellisima Love Story. 

Yep.There it was. I was shooting my first wedding.  Never say never.

Married!

Married!

As they viewed their marriage certificate for the first time, I caught Claudia glimpse over at her new husband. Look at that smile!

As they viewed their marriage certificate for the first time, I caught Claudia glimpse over at her new husband. Look at that smile!

Their Story. 

Claudia is from Chihuahua, Mexico. Christopher is Leon, France. Stop right there - that is too cute. In my head I picture a puppy and a lion with hearts floating over their heads. Aww.

Friends, fiances and married in Milwaukee! Look at that joy! Felicidades!

Friends, fiances and married in Milwaukee! Look at that joy! Felicidades!

Fate brought these two together in Belgium where they were working for the same international company. They met, they fell in love. Then, they were both relocated... across the ocean... to Milwaukee! Oh, the odds! It's a real life fairytale! 

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So, legally they were married in Milwaukee one year ago.

They planned a religious ceremony, surrounded by a global gathering of friends and family, in France. In the French Alps, to be precise. In autumn. (swoon!) 

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Seriously, theirs is a story written for a fairytale. Love finds its way, no matter where you are born. It finds you and carries you along to meet your Happily Ever After.

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Happy Anniversary, Christopher and Claudia! Felicidades siempre y jamas.

UPDATED 03.01.2016 -- Read it here.


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