Matt + Lauren were married in Mesa, Arizona at St. Tim’s Catholic Church and celebrated their wedding reception with friends and family at Las Sendas, also in Mesa, Arizona. As I was walking in the desert with the two of them before their reception, I was asking Lauren + Matt some questions about the kinds of things they enjoy doing together. Lauren responded, telling me that they thought of themselves as a pretty ordinary couple. I was struck by this statement, because I don’t believe that any couple I photograph is ordinary. One of my favorite parts of my job is learning about the beauty and uniqueness of each and every couple I photograph. This was especially true at this wedding because I had the opportunity to learn about Lauren + Matt through the people that surrounded and supported them as they said “yes” in sacrament. They raved about this couple’s creativity; Lauren a lover of literature and the harp, and Matt using his gift of words in poetry to bless those around him. Lauren, from a family of close siblings, all present to support, poke fun at and praise their sister and new brother. Matt, from a beautiful and large Italian family – many members I enjoyed talking to and reminded me of my own. There were so many beautiful words spoken over this couple on their special day. Bundt cake was shared, special wine was opened, advice was given, laughter was heard and joy was found. There was nothing “ordinary” about these two or their day and I was honored to be there.