There is something really remarkable about a wedding where all of the guests can fit at one table. Danielle and Travis got married on a Thursday at The Farmhouse restaurant in the River Market.
When there are less than 30 people listening to a couple exchange vows, it feels so intimate that it’s almost like they are making these promises to each other in the comfort and familiarity of their own living room.
Danielle and Travis share a love for calm quiet spaces like this. I also learned from my time with them, about their shared love of design, photography, and vintage things. They are a really great balance of best friend, and complimenting counterpart.
I got to see them together for a day, and then look back through all of the glances, and all of their ways with each other. When I look back through the photos, that’s often what solidifies my view of the unique connection in a couple. In Danielle and Travis, one of the words that first comes to mind is respect. Respect in the action sense. Danielle and Travis seem to have a deference and sensitivity to one another that is more mature that couples who have been married for years. They both have kindness in their eyes. They do like quiet, but all day long, they laughed big and loud with each other and their friends.
I was so happy to have my friend and gifted photographer Dave Lueck shooting with me that day. Thank you Danielle and Travis for choosing us. We were honored to be a part of your beautiful day.
The Zender kids hired me to take a family photo for their mom Patty’s birthday. I was lucky enough to get invited to stay for one of the famous weekly Sunday dinners. I want to try to figure out how to become an honorary member of this family. This is a really extraordinary family. They have collectively and individually had some big heartbreak in the last several years. I only bring it up because sharing a night with them, I was tremendously moved by the love around that table, and how a life this rich can still continue to grow in the midst of pain.
“Rejoicing is no less rich when there is a splinter of sadness…Sweet is nice enough but bittersweet is beautiful, nuanced, full of depth and complexity.”
– Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet
Here’s to you Zenders. Thank you for inviting me in.
In an ideal world, I would get to photograph each of my families at least twice a year. So much changes in the life of a family in one year, and especially when there is a new member of the family coming into the picture. Last summer, I photographed Erik, Molly, and Ellen when Molly was expecting but not even showing yet. I got to meet little baby Georgia just before Christmas for some photos around their house. It was decorated for Christmas, Molly was home on maternity leave, and it was warm and quiet and a wonderful to capture that season. Just a few weeks ago, I met them at their neighborhood park for a picnic and a few pictures of Georgia at 8 months! I love the Lunds for their whimsy, intelligence, and affection with their kids. It’s a treat every time I get to see them!