Bryan's brother Andrew is one of my best friends and I've know their family for years. They are in fact, my family.
Some of you know that I moved to South Africa right before my freshman year of high school and lived there for 4 years. What you may not know is that I would come back to St. Louis to spend my summers. For some incredibly strange reason, Bryan's family took me in as one of their own for 3 months out of the year. It's scary to think about the tab I ran up between meals, long hot showers, and family vacations. Taking in a strange American African boy during his teen years says a lot about the love, openness, and character of this family.
This trip was as much a reunion with extended family as it was a destination wedding for me. It's been a long time since I've gotten to be in one place with some of my favorite people in the world, so naturally I had to bring my beautiful wife Lacy along for the trip.
Most of my memories of Bryan are from when he was 8 - 12 years old. Even though we've been separated by time and distance over the years he's always been a little brother to me. This is why I couldn't wait to meet Toni, his beautiful bride. I have to say that they are a perfect match for each other. Bryan and Toni are both admittedly a little strange, which is my cup of tea because even though Lacy and I hide it well, we are in the same boat.
The wedding was at a beautiful country club in Arizona called Blackstone. This is an absolutely gorgeous venue and I loved being able to shoot there. It was such a blessing to be able to reconnect with my family and make new connections with Toni's wonderful family. I couldn't be happier for you guys and thank you so much for inviting me to Arizona to take a few photos.