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I went back to my hometown a few weeks ago to St. Joe’s Church for this wedding.  I remember as a college student parking in their lot and waiting for the public transit bus to take me over to Cincinnati for my classes.  In the mornings I would ride the bus with this lady who had dark maroon hair.  Back in 1987, maroon hair was a very, very new thing.  I was mesmerized by it.  I would sit behind her and just stare at it.  That was until the older lady with the long flowing white hair and heavy make up started riding the bus.  She wore a lot of perfume and every morning would apply her lip stick…really bright red lip stick.  I would sit across from her because sitting behind her would smother me (because of all the perfume).  I loved watching her concentration and ability to apply it perfectly every time while dodging pot holes.  I wonder what ever happened to her.

What does this have to do with Lauren and Ben’s wedding?  Absolutely nothing except going there took me back to 1987 and those cold wintery days waiting for the bus.

I loved everything about this day…the flowers, the shoes, the awesome barn and outdoor shed we were able to use as backgrounds…and the weather that just barely cooperated with us.  I especially loved the dancing and all the energetic guest giving it everything they had when Johnny Cash’s “Jackson” started playing through the speakers.  It’s important to have a good DJ at your wedding.

Best of all…by original 2nd shooter joined me…STEPH KELLER!!!!!  Steph now has her own business, but back in the day we shot together.  I have never had a photojournalist who has compared to her since.  It was exactly 10 years ago that Saturday that we shot our first wedding together and this was the perfect way to celebrate.

…and now….Lauren and Ben….here you go!!!