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Katie & Steve, where do I even begin!?  This couple came into my life in such a unexpected way.  Back in 2010, I decided to offer a wedding giveaway for a deserving couple in 2011.  I received so many amazing entries from all over the country and Katie’s was the last I received.  I don’t recall how Katie found me, but her and Steve’s story immediately touched my heart. Steve had courageously battled cancer at such a young age and Katie supported and loved him every step of the way! Their story has a happy ending as Steve is now in remission.  The finalists were chosen by a select group of my industry peers before the winner was chosen through a poll on my blog.  Katie and Steve ended up winning the giveaway with over 2,000 votes!!  The outpouring of love and support from their friends and family was amazing!

So, it was no surprise that my lovely assistant, Garrett, and I were welcomed to this wedding with a touch of all the love!  Katie and Steve and their families were beyond welcoming and so appreciative and thankful.  This experience was an amazing way to wrap up the 2011 season.  This season spanned half the year in New York, half in Minneapolis, dozens of states in between, a new continent (Africa), adventures in teaching/driving stick with Whitney, windshield wipers breaking in the middle of the night during a downpour, braving the I-95, eating ice cream in Mystic, and tons of other adventures and misadventures.  Most importantly, I was welcomed into the lives of some very special clients.  Katie and Steve definitely fit the bill and experiencing and documenting their wedding day was truly an honor.

K&S were married at All Souls on the Upper East Side before heading to ReBar in DUMBO to eat, drink and celebrate!  The dance was unbelievable.  Long after we had finished shooting, I literally had to tear Garrett away! :)

A special thanks to Garrett for coming all the way from the land of 10,000 lakes to NYC to shoot this wedding with me.  And, a big, big thanks to Stacie of Stacie Shea Events who did an amazing job coordinating the whole affair!  Ms. Stacie also has roots in the great state of Minnesota- what a small world! :)

Katie’s mother handmade all the gorgeous bouquets and bouts.  They were just stunning!!

Irina - What a beautiful wedding! Love the dress and the venue is full of charm. The city lights add this special touch of magic! Great job, Laura!

Kristen Drufke - Are. You. Kidding. Me! Gorgeous! What a cute story and adorable couple. I LOVE the black and white photos of the couple:) And Sarah’s dress, WOW! Great job Laura, these photos are amazing!

Kristen Drufke - Ops, sorry, I meant that Katie’s dress was amazing.

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