Anna & Quintin

There is no protocol in my years of photographing wedding stories for how to start a blog post like this one, so bear with me, as I probably won't be able to write as poetically as I should in order to do this justice.

This is the wedding story of Quintin and Anna. They were married on May 21st, 2017 at Homestead Manor in Thompson's Station, which also happened to be my own 12th wedding anniversary. Anna suffered from Cystic Fibrosis, which for those of you who don't know (I didn't to be honest), it's a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. I wrote 'suffered' in past tense, because today, Anna suffers no more. After only 6 short weeks of being a newlywed, Anna passed away on July 3rd at the age of 23.

Now it becomes difficult to know what to say next. Mostly, I'll let the photos do the talking. I think it's pretty evident what a joyful person Anna was and how loved she was by her husband and her family. It was such an incredible honor to be the one to tell this story ... to be able to create images that will be immediately and forever cherished by all those closest to Anna, as they were her last portraits taken. 

Let this serve as a reminder to all wedding photographers out there: our work is important. It's so much more than having a cool shot or a large Instagram following or lots of likes and shares. Our work is what people cling to when trying to understand life and death and all in between. We can't carry that lightly. 

I have to say a gigantic thank you to the incredible vendors I work with. First, to Richard Photo Lab for developing these images quickly, and second to RedTree Albums for rushing the production of their wedding album, and to both for donating half of the costs of these services. 

Anna's obituary can be found here.

UPDATE: I just spoke with a family friend, and it's estimated that between the medical bills and funeral costs, Anna's family is going owe about $50-$70k. Let's rally behind this family and help out. If this story has touched you in any way, I implore you to share the link to their donation page: https://www.youcaring.com/quintinandannaclements-868005