And now presenting…

26 09 2007

Dr. and Mrs. Richard Kobetz…
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What an honor we had last weekend photographing the wedding of Mary and Dr. Kobetz. Mary is the mother and mother-in-law of two of my favorite people, so I’ve had the pleasure of knowing her for several years. She is a beautiful, gracious and sweet woman. I’ve heard wonderful things about Dr. Kobetz for quite some time now it was great to finally meet him. 

They had their ceremony and reception at the beautiful and historic Whitehall Manor in Loudon County, Virginia.  The staff was amazing, they were inconspicuous as they moved around the room, yet stayed ahead of the guests needs.  The food….oh my gosh….I had a couple spoonfuls of their crab soup….the BEST I have tasted, and I’ve tasted some good crab soup in my day!  And once we packed up the car, I did enjoy a delicious strawberry shortcake!  Thank you! 😉

An outdoor wedding had been planned, the grounds at Whitehall are amazing.  But because of rain, plan B went into motion and it was just as beautiful.

Here is Mary being escorted down the aisle by her sons, Steven and Cliff…
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The ceremony was very meaningful and as Dave, the owner of Whitehall said, right on the mark. Soon after it began, Dr. Kobetz reached over to Mary, kissed her hand, hugged her…it was heartwarmingly beautiful…and then they continued with the ceremony….
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During the ceremony, doves were to be released.   Judge Michael Valentine performed the ceremony, he explained to the guests, “Doves mate for life and are a symbol of love. Tradition holds that if doves are seen on your wedding day, happiness is assured.” Dave Rhein of Cornucopia Farm offered a great solution so that the 30 doves could still been seen on their wedding day.  Tracy, my fantastic 2nd photographer, was a trooper and went outside in the rain to get several photographs of the doves, here’s one of them…
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Olivera Music Entertainment provided the entertainment for the evening.  Their sound was magnificant, they were professional and great to hear throughout the evening.

Here’s the happy couple shortly after their vows…
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I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Mary’s children and their families through the years and it was fantastic to see them all under one roof…with Dr. Kobetz’s daughters and family…they are beautiful people and so much fun.

Here’s a shot of Mary with the bride and grooms daughters having fun…
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A fun moment while taking formal portraits…
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Master Piper William MacPhail, a fantastic musician, performed during the ceremony and again toward the end of the reception…
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Off they go, ready to begin this new chapter in their life…
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Mary and Dick, thank you so much for your trust you placed in me and Tracy to capture your day in photos. It was a terrific honor to document your awesome occasion. Love you.

A couple more things…

There were so many wonderful musicians that we had the pleasure of listening to, I wish I knew all of your names to thank you personally.  

To the wonderful security staff…..you are awesome! We really enjoyed working with you all, thanks for being on top of everything! Hope to work with you again. 😉

And Cliff, Happy Birthday to you! 😉

To Mike, thank you, thank you for your continued service to our country. I appreciate the freedoms that my family and I enjoy because of you and our service people… 🙂
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