Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Heritage Hunt Golf and Country Club Wedding: Ruth + Al

He loves to cook and he loves the water.  She's not a good cook and she doesn't like the water.  And they met through an online dating site that neither were completely serious about using.  Al's 3-month free subscription was almost over when he saw Ruth's photo and thought she was cute.  Ruth saw Al's "wink" but wasn't sure if she wanted to wink back.  With her hand on the mouse she debated her decision, but that decision was made for her by a co-worker who came up from behind and pushed Ruth's finger down on the mouse button, because she thought Al was cute.  

After a few messages back and forth, they had their first date at Starbucks.  Outside.  In the middle of a hot and humid Virginia summer.  At the only table without an umbrella.  Every time Ruth glanced away, Al took the opportunity to wipe the sweat from his brow, hoping she wouldn't notice.  But she noticed everything.  And her initial impression was that he was cheap and sweaty.  Coffee at noon and he didn't even ask if she was hungry!

She left their first date thinking they had a great conversation but still felt a discord.  Thankfully, her cousin convinced her to to go on another date with Al.  Their second date was at a restaurant.  Indoors.  With air conditioning.  And the conversation was full, and their appetites were satiated.  

He loves to cook and she loves to clean.  They both love to go camping, travel, watch movies and play Wii and Xbox.  Together, they have found their harmony in each other's lives.  


I started with Ruth and the girls as they got ready at her and Al's beautiful new home...





While I was with Ruth, Noah was capturing the guys as they hung out at Marsh Mansion.




I say it every time...I love first looks.  Ruth and Al were both nervous as they waited to see each other.  Leading up to their wedding day, they had even talked about who might cry.  Ruth was certain it would be Al.  But Ruth's eyes welled up with tears of joy as she watched her husband-to-be take in the sight of her.



Ruth, you are so beautiful...












This oak tree?  Uh-mazing!  I was so excited when they told me they rented golf carts so we could head out onto the course for sunset photos!



There are times when I get emotional during weddings - the vows when the bride and groom become teary-eyed; loving speeches during receptions... - but the emotion is usually a sweet happiness marked with a smile.  This is the first time I actually cried.  Ruth lost her father a few years ago to cancer, and her brother walked her down the aisle and stood in during the traditional father/daughter dance at the reception.  And as the song played and tears spilled from her eyes, I could see how much Ruth missed her dad, and how she wished he could have been there to watch his little girl get married.



Ruth and Al, I'm so happy that you have found each other, that you have pledged to take care of each other, and that you make each other laugh and smile.  Thank you for the honor and joy of allowing me to capture your wedding day, and for the happiness that comes from calling you friends!



2nd Photographer: Noah Hayes
On-site coordinator: Susan Naugle
Venue:  Heritage Hunt Golf and Country Club / Marsh Manor
Hair/Makeup: Kate Ricasa
Flowers: Brad Toombs with Vintage Florals
DJ: Anthony Puentes of Kingdom Muzik Pin It

101 comments:

  1. I am so happy for the both of you, Al and Ruth! I think my cousin made a good pick!

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  2. Guapísimos los dos!!! Son una hermosa pareja de esposos!!!!! Que el amor y el respeto siempre esté presente!!! Los quiero!! Su prima mexicana!!

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  3. loveeeee it! Amazing! So happy for the both of you! Cant wait to see the rest of the pics! Great job, Laurie!

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  4. Laurie,

    Awsome job! Really cute couple!

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  5. awesome, beautiful pictures! Best wishes to the newlyweds... great job Laurie!

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  6. The best thing in life is knowing that your child is very happy. Thank you so much Laurie for making this moments last forever!.

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  7. so, so beautiful! the shot of her dancing with her brother is absolute perfection. LOVE.

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  8. Wow! Was I dreaming this? No, because my wife pinched me pretty damn hard! Great photos for a great moment in life!

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  9. Beautiful pictures... and of course, beautiful BRIDE :D I love you BOTH! <3

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  10. A-plus Photography! Great Job!

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  11. These pictures are breathtaking & truely capture the moments from Ruth & Al's special day. Great job Laurie! I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures

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  12. Beautiful pictures, I think my favorite mmmmmmmm is hard to tell they all very nice. But I think with the tree is one of my favorites. Nice work. Maria Riofrio

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  13. These are pretty pictures Tita Ruth ,Love you both

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  14. These pictures are BEAUTIFUL Tita Lot!! Love You Guys!! :D

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  15. Ang ganda ganda ng anak ko. Kasing ganda ng Nanay nya.

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  16. Wonderful pictures.

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  17. Great pictures! A lovely couple! Love you both, Ate Lot and Al! Best wishes!

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  18. AMA-ZING!!! So beautiful!!! Perfect pictures!

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  19. Wonderful picture! Beautiful couple!

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  20. Fantastic photos. I love the mix of blk & wht and colour. You can tell there was a true artist at work with the camera to capture so many perfect moments.
    I don't have a favourite as I think they are all fabulous.
    Wynne

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  21. Wonderful story told through photographs.

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  22. wonderful pictures!great job!=)
    ......sister <3 Zerleen

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  23. Aww Ruth, you look so beautiful!!! Congratulations to you and Al. I wish you all the best on your life together.

    P.S. Giggled a little when reading about the coworker who pushed the button for you. LOL

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  24. Love it! The pictures are beautiful, full of emotions...waiting for the whole album :)

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  25. so happy for you mama Lot and Al, so glad to be one of the luckiest people to witness your love story that ended in a beautiful wedding,wish you both joy, more love and babies....;-) love you! Mikee A.

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  26. Wonderful love story and great pictures. I'm happy for both of you.

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  27. Absolutely beautiful pictures and story behind the love. Congratulations and many many years of happiness!

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  28. Ruth - What a lovely couple you make. Beautiful photos. We'll miss you! - Nikki

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  29. Congratulations Ruth! Absolutely beautiful photos. - Harinder

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  30. Stunning bride . . . awesome photographer

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  31. These are beautiful photos - I love the light levels and setup. Also like the B&W photos. Ruth looks beautiful. I am very impressed with the photos; good job. Colin, Canadian Embassy

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  32. excellent presentation! great pictures! Congratulations and best wishes to the new couple.. More blessings to you. - Micu family

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  33. Gorgeous photos! They captured the day perfectly.

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  34. Congratulations Ruth! Absolutely beautiful photos!! Ruth you looks so beautiful on your wedding dress. More blessings to the new couple. A-plus for the Photography!! Great Job! Amazing pictures!! Love , Tita lorna

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  35. These are just amazing photos. I can see that you had an amazing day to work with.

    Heather Muise

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  36. Beautiful pictures! I was amazed by them, you both look perfectly happy. Congratulations once again! Your cousin Elvi

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  37. Ria said...

    Beautiful story and lovely pictures capturing a wonderful day! Best wishes, Ate Lot & Al. Cheers!

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  38. These pics really captured every touching moment. I love them! Congrats you two ;)
    Love, Misha

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  39. Congratulations Ruth and Al,you both look gorgeous.
    Wonderful story!!!!
    Love
    Gaby

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  40. remarkable, very creative, beautiful pictures, the photographer deserves plenty of recommendations....congrats Ruth & hubby

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  41. Yo lamentablemente no pude estar ahí acompañándolos, pero con estas hermosas fotos y la introdución, sentí realmente cada momento, la foto de Ruth bailando con su hermano me partió el corazón y me hizo llorar a mares...
    Es un trabajo hermoso Laurie!

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  42. Queridos Albert y Ruth

    Los he pensado mucho desde Ecuador. Se han elegido el uno al otro como Compañeros de Vida, y unidos todo es más fácil y agradable.
    Les deseo que esta nueva etapa de sus vidas esté llena de Bendiciones.
    Un abrazo enorme. Los quiero mucho.

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  43. congratulations. everything was well planned and organized. it was a perfect wedding with a perfect photographer. Occasion like wedding is really an important event that every moment should perfectly CAPTURE. JOB WELL DONE

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  44. What great pics. Well done. Congrats Ruth!!!! Al is a lucky guy!

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  45. WOOOWW! Mama Lot these are really amazing beautiful pictures!! :D congratulations on having a wonderful wedding! I really wish i was there Iloveyou MAMA Lot and Uncle Al! :** hope to see you soon :D

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  46. So lovely photos!!!!!!

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  47. A WONDERFULL wedding, good job!.

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  48. An amazing wedding happened, congratullations for the two of you; beautiful...

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  49. Estefania said:

    Hermosas fotos primo!!!! Felicitaciones

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  50. Carlos said:

    Felicitaciones Al y Ruth, que tengan una vida llena de felicidad

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  51. The pics r great I love ur work

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  52. Familia mexicana. IiiiiiiiiiiiijjaaaNovember 2, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    Mi sobrino adorado, y Ruth tu tío VIctor Sonia, Gaby y mi precioso MAU. Les enviamos muchas felicidades y lo mejor para siempre. Les pensamos Mucho y saben que en Mexico tienes su casa, besos. Los amamos mucho.

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  53. Laurie, our pictures are amazing! You are the BEST PHOTOGRAPHER in the world!! Thank you so much for everything!!! Thanks to all for your comments, please keep them coming :)

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  54. beautiful wedding and awesome pictures! Congratulations, Ruth and Al!
    from the Duncan family

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  55. This is really magical! Great Photographer! Congrats to the newly weds! Best Wishes! :)

    Kath Sotelo

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  56. I love the photos!! So sad I missed the wedding but glad to see pictures from it. Congrats again! - Kimberly

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  57. Al you're a stud!
    -Walter

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  58. Awesome, beautiful pictures! Best wishes to both or you. The best wedding ever!!! perfect! perfect!

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  59. Ruthie and Al you both look great together and so much in love. May God bless you ! Laurie Perfect Pictures!

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  60. These photos are simply GORGEOUS. The photographer really captured some amazing moments... wish I could have been there too! Best wishes to Mama Lot and Uncle Al! Love you guys <3 :]

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  61. Best wedding!Best pictures!beautiful couples! Perfect!!!

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  62. beautiful wedding!! nice picture!! best wishes!!

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  63. lovely pictures lot,,best wishes to both of you...

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  64. Congratulations and Best Wishes to both of you!!!
    Stay sweet and loving one another thru the rest of your lives.... GOD bless your union.

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  65. beautiful bride ,handsomegroom....wonderful photos!

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  66. best wishes to both of you!!!

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  67. awesome pictures!!!!!best wishes!!!!

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  68. This is the moment that every girls dream of.stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!great couples.

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  69. Laurie great job in showcasing the Hunt and taking good care of Ruth & Al. Looking forward to seeing your work next weekend for Beej & Ben!

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  70. Truly captured your happiness... I'm a fan... :)

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  71. Theresa ...

    Love the pictures... Great memories captured... I love her work.

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  72. Absolutely stunning.

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  73. GORGEOUS pictures..............GORGEOUS bride, and Al looks TOTALLY in love. Congrats to you both, Best wishes for a long, happy life together.

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  74. Perfectly captured photos for a perfect wedding...
    Cheers to the newly wed...

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  75. Congratualation to you both!!!...Had a great time at the wedding!

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  76. Stunning!! You guys look phenomenal! Gorgeous pictures, couple, everything. Congrats!

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  77. This was a lovely wedding, and well photographed! Everything was framed nicely, and it was a georgous day. So happy for you Ruth!

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  78. mama lot you're so pretty like me!i love you! very nice pictures!!!

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  79. Felicidades.!!! Que hermosas fotos.!!!! Muchisima suerte y mis mejores deseos.!!!!

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  80. Beautiful pictures of the lovely day! Congrats to Ruth and Al!

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  81. Wonderful memories were made on this day and all of them were captured in these beautiful photos... Awesome job!

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  82. cha glifonea-jabonilloNovember 3, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Congrats ruthie dear! you had a nice wedding! and this page is great! :-) your pic with brother is very touching... hope to see more of your wedding pics. God bless!

    love,
    cha

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  83. MUY LINDAS FOTOS WISHITA QUERIDA. BESOS Y BENDICIONES + FELICIDADES A LOS NOVIOS

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  84. Congrats Al and Ruth, had a great time at the wedding.

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  85. Fr: Myr and Dick Herrell,
    Great Job Laurie! Your photography makes Ruth & Al happy.

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  86. I love your wedding pictures, Auntie.

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  87. Hermosa boda, espectaculares fotos y una pareja preciosa, congratulations!

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  88. Mi nieto adorado: todas las fotos están verdaderamente hermosas, espectaculares!. Les deseo a ti y a Ruth toda la felicidad del mundo y recuerden siempre que el respeto y el amor son lo principal para un matrimonio, tu abuelo que te adora y te respeta
    Jorge.

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  89. Laurie,
    My few words can't even explain the gratitude I have for what you have given us. Your pictures have captured the feelings and emotions we all felt that day. With them, we have been able to share them with our family member who were unable to attend. It has made them feel as if they were there with us that day. Thank you so much!

    Al (the groom!)

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  90. Beautiful pictures! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Carbo!
    Love,
    Brent and Tara

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  91. Beautiful ceremony! Happy for you both! That was an epic best man speech!!

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  92. great pictures, congratulations

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  93. Adorados nietos: encontraron la fotógrafa perfecta, ya que ha captado la felicidad que irradian todos, mis bendiciones por siempre,
    Raquel.

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  94. Awesome pictures! So happy for you two!

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  95. Hermosas fotos!, excelente trabajo fotográfico!, felicitaciones a los novios!

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  96. A lovely wedding Al and Ruth!!!

    CONGRATULATONS!!!!!!!!

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  97. Good job!!!! Excelent photos; the best wedding

    ever...!!!!!!!!!!!

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  98. Awesome job incredible pictures

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