Catie and Tom are some of the sweetest people I've had the pleasure of working with, and I'm endlessly grateful that our paths crossed during the Blackwall Barn and Lodge wedding giveaway. I signed on with Blackwall's giveaway early on, and was eager to see all the entries. Of course they were all amazing, but I was inspired by Catie and Tom's story, and even cast my vote for them! I was so excited to learn that they had won - by over 2,000 votes!
Catie and Tom met while working for the same company several years ago, and became close friends. It wasn't until Catie quit and had a going away party that she revealed to Tom that she had a crush on him. Good news - it was mutual!
In the three years they dated, they visited over 30 US states together, so it was only fitting that Tom popped the question while traveling. On the rooftop of a restaurant in New York City, among lit candles and close friends, he got down on one knee. Catie admittedly asked too many questions, almost ruining the surprise.
The entire wedding day I was holding back tears, seeing these two beautiful souls commit their love to each other. I was touched by the toasts at their reception, particularly Catie's dad's toast.
He talked about the darkest day of his life - hearing that Catie had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a progressive genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. Her prognosis at that time was not good. He prayed and prayed that she would live long enough that they could get to know her and see her personality. And their prayers were answered.
Catie and Tom's wedding wasn't just a celebration of their marriage - it was a celebration of life.
I continue to be blown away at their generosity and kindness, and I feel so lucky to have been the one to capture it all. Check out Catie & Tom's wedding video below, and be sure to watch in HD!
Their amazing team of vendors:
🎥: Abidoodle Productions Videography
📸: Hamilton Photography
🏛: Blackwall Barn and Lodge
📋: 1423 Events
💐: Little House of Flowers
👗: Gamberdella Bride
🍴: Blackwall Barn and Lodge
🍰: Whipped Cakes
💆🏻♀️: Image Creators Salon and Spa
🎧: C & J Entertainment