Laura + Bruce: A Country Club Wedding

 
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This love story holds a very special place in my heart.  My dear friend Bruce and I attended high school in the tiny but busting city of Seoul, South Korea.  And in this very same city--many years later--is where Laura and Bruce's love story all began.  Laura, a Delaware native, had been working as an English teacher and Bruce was just nearing the end of his military assignment in Korea.  The first two locked eyes during a night out in Itaewon--a hip and eclectic district known for it's diverse culture and crowd.  And it was Laura, not Bruce, that made the first move.  Over the years, I've gotten to know Laura quite well so my bewildered tone comes from the fact that she is the calm, level-headed, reserved one.  But I've also learned that the girl is fierce.  When she knows what she wants she will get what she wants and in that serendipitous moment, it was Bruce.  Little did she realize that this fated night would mark the beginning of their love story.

Months later, Bruce was reassigned to a base in Germany.  As Laura's teaching contract in Korea came to an end, she took the chance and followed her wanderlust + curious heart to continue what she had with Bruce in yet another foreign land.  They voyaged, they explored, and as they continued to curate memories together in a country 4,000 miles away from home, they fell in love.  What should've been continued euphoria was quickly severed by a terrifying health scare.  Laura unexpectedly contracted a severe lung infection and within a matter of days of feeling "ill" she lied lifeless on the operating table as surgeons fought to save her life.  Her family immediately flew in and together with Bruce they prayed.  What was said by doctors to have been a 50% chance of survival ended up being a miracle--Laura made it.  I told you she is fierce.

Bruce and Laura look back on this experience with mixed emotions--a test of faith that drew them closer together, a new appreciation for life and their love for one another.  Every battle they've faced, they've done so together.  It was during these moments when they realized they would never be alone again--each challenge, setback, and victory was theirs. 

Laura and Bruce, my heart overflows with love for you both.  You are the type of people who make the world better, inspire others, and believe staggering odds are simply an opportunity to shine.  Your love makes others want to support you in deep and profound ways, and I'm honored to have documented your day as husband and wife.  I am thankful to have been invited to your lives and I can't wait to see what the future holds for both of you.

Here is more of Laura's personal account of the terrifying scare in Germany: Laura's Blog

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 Loved so much that she was wearing these comfortable Tom's. I've seen more and more brides choose comfort over looks.

Loved so much that she was wearing these comfortable Tom's. I've seen more and more brides choose comfort over looks.

 The details at this venue was to die for.

The details at this venue was to die for.

 Such a beautiful group of ladies.

Such a beautiful group of ladies.

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 This girl knows how to shop. Laura purchased her dress used + recycled. As soon as she took it in for alterations, it became her own. So beautiful, unique, and elegant. I couldn't take my eyes off of this one!

This girl knows how to shop. Laura purchased her dress used + recycled. As soon as she took it in for alterations, it became her own. So beautiful, unique, and elegant. I couldn't take my eyes off of this one!

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 The dress was so perfect for this venue.

The dress was so perfect for this venue.

 Getting a tiny gal into a big dress like this is never quick and easy! But loved seeing how much fun these girls were having doing it.

Getting a tiny gal into a big dress like this is never quick and easy! But loved seeing how much fun these girls were having doing it.

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 These moments between mom and daughter are always so precious.

These moments between mom and daughter are always so precious.

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 Details of the boutinnier

Details of the boutinnier

 Her stud-ly other half. Took him a while to take this serious photo because he's just not a very serious guy but exactly what I love him for.

Her stud-ly other half. Took him a while to take this serious photo because he's just not a very serious guy but exactly what I love him for.

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 In classic Bruce-style, he gifted his groomsmen with these fancy cigars.

In classic Bruce-style, he gifted his groomsmen with these fancy cigars.

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 There that personality is. This is Bruce.

There that personality is. This is Bruce.

 Loved Laura's color palette choices!

Loved Laura's color palette choices!

 Everything tied perfectly together.

Everything tied perfectly together.

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 I told her to be serious but she couldn't hold her excitement for much longer.

I told her to be serious but she couldn't hold her excitement for much longer.

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 Laura and her father wanted a first look session. I happily obliged!

Laura and her father wanted a first look session. I happily obliged!

 I was in tears by this point!

I was in tears by this point!

 Positioning myself and getting ready for the big moment!

Positioning myself and getting ready for the big moment!

 My stud-ly second shooter. Sometimes it's hard to concentrate when he's working with me.

My stud-ly second shooter. Sometimes it's hard to concentrate when he's working with me.

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 Bruce's parents felt all the emotions. Also, doesn't her traditional Korean gown look AMAZING?

Bruce's parents felt all the emotions. Also, doesn't her traditional Korean gown look AMAZING?

 It's possible to have so much crying and laughing at once.

It's possible to have so much crying and laughing at once.

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 I always love capturing the guests emotions too.

I always love capturing the guests emotions too.

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 No turning back now! :)

No turning back now! :)

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 My favorite photo by far.

My favorite photo by far.

 More behind-the-scenes shot of me directing the group.

More behind-the-scenes shot of me directing the group.

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 One of the guests insisted on taking a photo of us. I really didn't fight too hard at all. OKAY :)

One of the guests insisted on taking a photo of us. I really didn't fight too hard at all. OKAY :)

 Laura thought of every little details.

Laura thought of every little details.

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 What a beautiful first dance.

What a beautiful first dance.

 The speeches were amazing. So many laughs and tears all at once!

The speeches were amazing. So many laughs and tears all at once!

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 Another one of my favorite parts during the wedding is the cake cutting! It's always nice to see how vicious or kind they are to one another.

Another one of my favorite parts during the wedding is the cake cutting! It's always nice to see how vicious or kind they are to one another.

 Such a fake out! First they're sweet. And then they are sour!

Such a fake out! First they're sweet. And then they are sour!

 This moment was amazing. Laura's younger sister Alex took over the stage to dedicate a song to the newly wedded couple. You guys...her voice melts on you like butter.

This moment was amazing. Laura's younger sister Alex took over the stage to dedicate a song to the newly wedded couple. You guys...her voice melts on you like butter.

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 Alex had us ALL in tears. And I mean ALL of us.

Alex had us ALL in tears. And I mean ALL of us.

 And the partying commenced!

And the partying commenced!

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 Reception dancing photos are the best to capture. Everyone just lets loose!

Reception dancing photos are the best to capture. Everyone just lets loose!

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 To have and to hold forever and ever.

To have and to hold forever and ever.