January 7, 2019
Elissa Purdy and Bobby Hatala – Congratulations guys on your DC Winter Wedding!
From your meeting on that 100F day in Blacksburg about 4ish years ago to now, your love story has been unfolding in a beautiful way! Rumor has it, Bobby had his eye on this lovely, smart, kind, intelligent, fun young lady for LONG before he worked up the nerve to ask her out. But there was rarely any time on the VT campus where you would not find the two together. A couple of must-do’s for them. They included: attending Church regularly and almost as important, watching football!
Bobby had a great proposal planned which included her family’s help and 6 months of planning… And did you see her ring? (a-maz-ing!). Everyone in the wedding party recalled how Bobby and Elissa complement each other and demonstrate loyalty and kindness in the little things. For example, how Elissa makes Bobby a sandwich or how Bobby goes shopping with Elissa. These little acts of kindness lay the foundation for a solid relationship. Then, in a heart to heart with the bride’s sister, (naturally a little bit protective of her “little” sister), Bobby vowed not to hurt Elissa. And confessed that he had plans of marrying her. Then the rest is history!
So, true to his promise, Bobby proposed over Christmas at the Marine band Christmas Concert. Of course, he had the full support of the bride’s family. We all got to witness the exchange of vows and the love that this couple shares last weekend 12/29/2019 at Saint Peters Church DC and the reception followed at the National Press Club.
There were so many special moments that I got to photograph on Elissa and Bobby’s wedding day. But one of my favorite aspects of the wedding was capturing the joy of the family who shared in a legacy of loyalty and service. Further, there were many family members with a military connection and that is something near and dear to my heart. Learning about the bride’s antique 1800’s veil and capturing some of those special details was so meaningful to me. It was amazing to capture mom’s sheer joy, dad’s pride, sister’s wedding support-cooperation, the groomsmen’s ability to laugh, and the bridesmaids who were just so lovely and fun to get to know.
The wedding day goes by so fast and it’s important to me to capture a variety of feelings and perspectives. Everyone joins in this sacred moment to uphold and elevate the love that the couple shares. Sisters gain a brother, mothers gain an additional daughter and dads gain a handy son who can bail them out if/when the car breaks down at the VET.
Elissa and Bobby (and family),
Thank you for entrusting me with your DC winter wedding. I enjoyed getting to know you and following along the culmination of your wedding story! Your love is as sacred as the church which welcomed you. Your blessings include an incredible family rallying around you and cheering you on, friends who are grateful to see your relationship bloom from day one to the present and beyond… I hope that all your dreams come true! Moving to the City, enjoying all the new restaurants and exploring fun hangouts with friends. Looking forward to staying in touch with you and cheering you both on!
P.s. Sometimes I find inspiration for blog posts based on the conversations I have with the wedding guests! To check out one such post, you can read all about it here!