Christine and Daniel. Their day was like something from a dream. Visually it was simply spectacular - from the winter decor and the beautiful snow that began falling during their ceremony, to the gorgeous florals by Summit Street Blooms, to their take on a unity candle ceremony - with a nod to Christmas Eve candlelight services, to Christine and Daniel and their bridal party and the way everything came together. But the visual beauty of their day is not where it ends.
Christine and Daniel's day had an almost poetic quality to it. The way their story has been woven together since before they knew one another, the words they shared with us about each another and how those were echoed so strongly by the words her sister and his brother spoke over them during the reception, even the smallest of details such as Daniel's ring - significant and meaningful in so many ways.
Daniel chose a ring that was inlaid with wood, something he always knew he wanted. You'll hear his brother share an analogy that fits so well with even that small decision. The wood in his ring is Koa wood, which is native to Samoa, where Daniel's dad is from. The surrounding metal is called Damascus steel, named after Damascus in Syria, which is where Christine's father was born. It wasn't until after they had purchased the ring when they were picking up their marriage certificate, and were asked where their fathers were born, that they realized the connection to both locations and Daniel's ring. To Daniel, having his ring crafted from these two materials symbolized the blessing and guidance of both of their fathers on and for their marriage. What a beautiful story woven into such a small detail of their wedding day.
Truthfully, it's hard to do justice to a story like Christine and Daniel's. Our attempts to share every detail and piece of their story seem to come up short in what is a bigger and more beautiful narrative than we can explain through our photos and video. When we celebrate with a couple on their wedding day, it's a celebration of so much more than those few hours. It's sharing the joy with them of all that has led up to that day, and hoping with them in all that they will get to experience and share together each and every day after that. We're so grateful these two invited us into their wedding day, trusted our process and the time it took to tell their story right, and we are beyond thrilled to share their day and their story with you now.
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Fishermen's Inn
Hair/Makeup: Frank Gironda
Paper Goods: Saints & Charley
Place Cards and Calligraphy: Callie Geeslin of Calliegraphy
Florist: Summit Street Blooms
DJ: Music By Design
Officiant: Gabe Mulitauopele & Rob Bugh
Cake: The Cakery in Wheaton
Photography and Videography: Grain and Compass