The Best Wedding Ever! / by Ed Shanahan

That is what guests gushed all evening!  The Best Wedding Ever!  Congratulations Stephanie and Frank and thank you for having me as your photographer!

What went into this event?  Great friends, a fabulous venue (Brookside Gardens in MD), excellent food and amazing bonding among two large families and their friends.  The service was officiated by the bride's sister and the groom's brother, and brought to the guests "by the power of the internet" which is how they received their one day officiant licenses.  Friends and relatives took turns giving short speeches, each punctuated with laughter, especially when one woman declared that she had always wanted to be a flower girl, and pulled out a crown of flowers and put it on her head, during her speech, leaving Stephanie, Frank and guests and and this photographer temporarily paralyzed with laughter.  The highlight of the ceremony IMHO was when the bride's dad came to the front and sang a song in her honor.  Not many dry eyes after that!  Congratulations to the newlyweds.

Stefanie and Frank