August 18, 2020

Mr. and Mrs. Nowicki | Intimate Downtown Wedding | St. Anthony of Padua | Grand Rapids, Michigan

FILED IN: Wedding

WE MADE IT! Zac and Anna, you made it!

I’ve known Anna’s family for a few years now and have been fortunate enough to photograph them as a family as well as her sister Liz’s Christmas proposal. Unfortunately, I was already booked for Liz’s wedding day, but I watched from afar with love. Fast forward to Anna and Zac’s wedding and I could not have been more excited that A) they wanted ME! and B) I was available!

Zac and Anna have been planning their wedding through so many major life changes. They were living in different states, going through college and career transitions, supporting siblings through their own weddings, and navigating all the changes happening in the world now. They’ve changed their wedding plans, eloped in Vegas, and changed their wedding plans again {out of necessity} a week before the big day. Through it all one thing held true, even when nothing else could be relied upon or controlled. Their love and commitment to each other, to God, and to their loved ones.

The one good thing I see coming out of the 2020 wedding season is when I arrive on a wedding day to an intimate gathering of people, I KNOW how important they are to the couple. There aren’t any 4th cousins twice removed or nephews of their aunts best friend. Every person plays a significant role in the bride and grooms lives. Every. Single. Person. Can you think of a better way to celebrate the start of your lives together? I’m not sure I can, unless you count picking all of those people up, including me OBVIOUSLY, and loading us onto a plane to do this in Bali. Other than that, I’ve got nothing better to suggest.

Zac and Anna,

I consider myself lucky to have walked through the significance of this day with you. You are such amazing and kind people and anyone who knows you is better for it. I wish nothing but happy days and success for you in Washington DC and I hope that I’ll have the privilege of watching your family grow when the time is right. It’s been an amazing adventure with you and I’m so grateful for it!

xo Shauna
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