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With family all around, we stood on the lawn between Heinz Chapel and the Cathedral of Learning and took some casual portraits. Uri and his mom. Sharissa and her grandma. The flower girl curtseying in her frilly dress and ballerina slippers. Once finished, we headed out to the street to get transportration to a different location for photos. I loaded my gear into the trunk, got into my car, and waited for the bridal party to take off down the street in the limo… and then I saw Sharissa waving to me in my rear-view mirror and knew something was awry.

Things don’t always go as planned. Wedding rings get dropped mid-ceremony. Limos break down. Cakes get placed so high the bride can barely reach. Things don’t always go as planned, but never once did Sharissa and Uri let these things get to them on their wedding day. In fact, they were incredibly at ease the entire day, and they both smiled their way through it.

Sharissa spent countless hours working on wedding planning and details, finding the right princess dress, and dreaming about her wedding day. (I know this from Instagram). Everything was planned, and the day arrived with beautiful weather. Sure, things don’t always go as planned, and she and Uri understand that life is going to throw them curveballs – even on their wedding day.

If they can face this unpredictable life with a cool calm and smiles on their wedding day – they’re blessed. They’ll have each other through anything – that’s something to place your bets on.
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After a little ring-drop.
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She came in with her parents and out with a husband.
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I asked the guys to give me their “most badass” look… 🙂
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The girls were all adorable.
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One happy-married couple!
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I really love this edit and they way they’re framed by the trees.
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I usually like to shoot through something if looking for a different, more unique angle.
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Heck yes, dresses!
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Sharissa’s wedding shoes were white and sparkly.
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*whomp whomp* breakdown. Might as well joke about it!
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First dance at Summerset at Frick Park.
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Some funny toasts, by her bridesmaid who swore initially that she and Sharissa would not be friends, because she wasn’t a fan of Sharissa’s pants in middle school. Well – look how things turned out!
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Mother/Son dance.
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Working on the cake-cut.
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At the end of the evening, Sharissa and Uri released a floating lantern. We stood and watched it float all the way to 10,000 feet. It was lovely! Congrats!
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