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Christina & Jeremy: July 24, 2010

The bride and groom's first dance

The bride and groom's first dance

I met Christina back when I first moved to Northampton at the beginning of the millennium, when none of us were sure wether the data driven infrastructure of civilization would survive the man-made odometer of time rolling around to zeros. Now here we are headed for the end of the Mayan calendar and once again faced with the possibility that something weird will happen to us all.

Coincidentally, Christina worked with our friend Maya and my then girlfriend Megan Shackelford (who would say there are no coincidences) at the now defunct Fire & Water Cafe in Northampton. The establishment was cash-only and ran on old-fashioned registers so we all felt we had a sfae haven from Y2K. There was enough beer and vegan cookies to keep us alive for a few weeks, and it was kind of underground in case there was a nuclear threat.

As the years went by we all scattered to the winds. I ran into Christina last year at another friend's wedding and soon after she called me to see if I could photograph hers. I was delighted, of course, because Christina is beautiful and she hangs out with cool people, so that makes my job easy. I did not know Jeremy very well at that point, but as I got to experience his vibe on their wedding day I quickly concluded that she had made a great choice. Jeremy expressed his gratitude for the job I was doing several times during the day, and I appreciate that.

The wedding took place at the Poetry Ridge Bed & Breakfast in Greenfield, MA. It was a beautiful setting and the decorations and rituals were all thoughtful and heartfelt.

Christina & Jeremy, thanks for letting me share your special day and for being wonderful to work with. Weddings like yours remind me how lucky I am to do this for a living.

Christina in her wedding dress with bridal bouquet

Christina in her wedding dress with bridal bouquet

The bride and groom being toasted

The bride and groom being toasted