In the days leading up to Molly's wedding, I continually had flashbacks to our time as children. There were sleep overs, fishing trips to Minnesota, weeks at summer camp and, of course, school dayzzz. My mind continually took me back to our pre-teen years when we had little worries and no responsibilities. At that young age, I never could have imagined how soon Molly's wedding day would be here.
Those moments when the past and present collided reminded me of just how much Molly and I have been through together, how grateful I am for her friendship--and how appreciative I am of her parents, Sue and Elton.
It's been a few years since I last saw them, and the weekend in Seattle was my first real interaction with them as an adult. Having in-depth, grown-up conversations with them made me realize just how much they've been apart of my life, and how much I appreciate everything they've done for me--and for Molly. They did an excellent job raising their children, and it's a joy to see them now as grandparents.
I had the opportunity to photograph everyone in Molly's family at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. The highlight, of course, was Anna, Molly's favorite (and only) niece. Little Anna is just over a year old and brings so much joy to this family. She lights up a room with her smile and its easy to see that she's the apple of her Grandpa's eye.
Celebrating this amazing milestone in Molly's life gave me a chance to reflect upon where we've all been in life, where we are now and where we hope to go. Over the years, Sue and Elton have watched Molly and I grow and mature. Now it's my turn to see all the ways Molly will floursh in love and all the ways Sue and Elton will blossom as grandparents. I'm loving every moment!