the bride wore blue

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My friend Annie does not wear shocking pink nail polish often. Only, it seems, when she lets her mom pick the color for her wedding day.

A day picked a week or so before, when the groom casually called to say they would be in Chapel Hill, North Carolina the following weekend and had decided to be married. Like the bride’s elegant upswept hair, the couple’s circle swirled into town to celebrate these two we hold dear.

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I’ve known the couple since they first started dating in college seven years ago, when they used their shared prowess in typography, content curation, and editorial direction to shepherd the most interesting campus publications to glory and legibility.

It was a perfect occasion for all of those skills, from the bold ‘A’ for both their first names on the wedding programs to the thoughtful compression of the service itself, officiated by the groom’s poised sister Caroline.

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And while Andrew waited in the sitting room,

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Annie’s mother attached the pearl clasp upstairs,

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the best friend since grade school zipped up the dress,

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and we followed the path of candles outside.

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Andrew strode in with his parents under the soft, hanging lights;

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Annie navigated the steps with her parents.

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And throughout the service where the two read the vows they had written (Andrew’s full of energetic, scientific metaphor, Annie’s an honest and straightforward promise) and the family read literary pieces that did inspire (Andrew’s father also read a sonnet he had written long ago), all of us couldn’t stop smiling.

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Caroline gracefully took us through the service, pronouncing Annie and Andrew married.

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The couple kissed, and Andrew’s brother Xander played us into the living room (in the foreground, his parents look on).

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I assembled family for pictures, as you do,

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pulling all the guests in for the big, crazy shot.

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We toasted to the couple,

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and ate delicious things (the bride’s mother makes quite a sausage roll bread!) Pictured at left.

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then we ate more delicious things at favorite local restaurant Crook’s Corner,

all of which led to toasts around the whole table, each of us standing to say how we knew the two would support each other, as they always have.

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They bring out the silly in each other (more evidence from Andrew’s 2009 talent show birthday party),

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and they love each other something fierce.

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Congratulations, you two. Thanks for letting me photograph your day. It felt, like everything you do, magic to be part of.

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If you’d like to support the couple, both work in education and care deeply about issues of literacy. Andrew is currently running the Read, Write, Rock project that you can learn more about on the RWR site.

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