I’ve long debated what to write about this wedding on our blog.  On the one hand, we realize that this is the age when – it seems – nobody reads anything anymore longer than 140 characters (wait, it’s 280 now??).

But something needs to be said about Roxy and Shelley before images are displayed.  And I hope I can do them justice.

This is a couple that has not followed the social paradigms of “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage…”  It’s almost reversed with them.  First comes baby, then comes love, then comes marriage.  And i absolutely love them for this.  This is their story.  Their relationship built together while becoming parents for the first time.  And then a second time.

Yes, central to the story of these two are their two beautiful children, with personality bursting out of them unlike much I’ve ever experienced.  Jude and Shepherd make the world brighter — just look down a few images and you’ll see what I mean.

While we do regard all of our couples with the highest esteem, we felt it necessary to dive into some of what we believe makes these two extraordinary.After their kids were born, Roxy and Shelley started a not-for-profit soccer league for kids on the Autism spectrum, complete with therapists on hand, coaches, and tons of community support.  It’s done so well that the league is expanding, giving more children the chance to play soccer in a safe place, and to build relationships.

You can (and should) donate to this league here.

Their wedding day started with their son’s soccer game, fitting for these guys, I suppose:)

And in a world bombarding us with bad news, here are two people filling it with some light.  This is Roxy and Shelley, and the beautiful day they married each other in Raleigh.

(oh, and a HUGE shout out to our dear friend and ally Julia Wade for stepping in and 2nd shooting this one with me – beyond grateful forever.)

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October 19, 2017
This is everything I could have ever imagined. It was truly a dream come true to have you document the celebration of our family. We are so grateful for your talent, authenticity, and friendship. Upon viewing these, our friends stated "I felt like I was there. I felt all that love." -- You are true photojournalists, and it's one of the many things we love about you, and why we wouldn't have anyone else as our photographer. Shelley said he wants all of the images poster size. (I'm not sure we can make that happen with 1300 sq ft).We, and our children, will treasure these forever! PS: Jude thought the photos of Daddy with cake on his head were HILARIOUS. THANK YOU!