Shandy + Jeff’s wedding day was beautiful and full of unexpected turns. The day in many ways symbolized the journey of life; and I think every friend and family member present smiled as they witnessed this couple weather their first storm as a married couple with such grace and trust.
Shandy + Jeff’s story begins in the Summer of 2012 when Shandy worked as a travel nurse. One morning, Shandy came into work and learned the ICU was overstaffed and that she would be floated to the Progressive Care Unit (PCU) for her shift. When she walked in, she couldn’t help but notice the tall and handsome PCU nurse awaiting for his assignment. That summer, when Shandy met someone the likelihood of seeing them again as a travel nurse was slim to none, so after they were given their assignments and the two went their separate ways she assumed she would probably never see that handsome stranger again. Unbeknownst to Shandy, she shared mutual friends with that handsome PCU nurse and five months later were formally introduced at a party. Jeff and Shandy developed a friendship over the following months, but as Jeff says, “It wasn’t until the Memorial Day camping trip when I spotted Shandy gutting a fish that I finally admitted to myself that she was the one for me.”
This summer is Seattle has been unusually sunny. So when I heard about Shandy + Jeff’s outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour, I didn’t think twice. The morning of the wedding day, I pulled back my curtains surprised to see the sky full of dark grey clouds. When I arrived at the ceremony location, the clouds had opened up and a heavy rainfall fell….and never stopped. So this outdoor wedding needed to go to Plan B or C and through the morning – I was so impressed by Shandy’s calm and excited demeanor! The only thing on her mind…was that the day had arrived where she got to marry her best friend. Shandy + Jeff’s positive and laid back perspective was contagious! So the guests and party adapted… moving things indoors, and photo spot for their first look, bridal party, family, etc was limited to a 12 foot by 3 foot space for most of the day, but we made it work and sometimes your best work shines when you are most limited and creativity truly steps into play.
Shandy + Jeff… your wedding day was a highlight of my summer! Thank you so much for inviting me to celebrate with you and for trusting me to capture such a beautiful story. I loved witnessing your genuine hearts. The way the two of you handled that storm on your wedding day, was such a beautiful illustration of how I know you will weather storms throughout your marriage, with grace, patience, and a positive outlook. Congrats!!