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Hotel Orrington wedding: Melissa & Alan

What do you get when you attend the Vertebrate Paleontology department's holiday party at Columbia University in Manhattan?  

Love!

The two met when Melissa was invited to the soiree by a mutual friend when Alan was getting his PhD 6 years ago.  Once the two met and locked eyes, they spent the remaining hours sitting on a radiator avoiding intense discussions.  They spoke about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, working in museums (Melissa works at an art museum) and watching people take shots from an ice luge shaped like a dinosaur (which tragically the tail melted so it looked as if people were doing shots off the dinosaur's butt).

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Spertus Museum Bat Mitzvah: Jillian Snow

I have been to a slew of Bar/Bat Mitzvah's over the past several decades.  In fact, so many that I still can't shake the chanting and Torah portions from my head after my own twenty-six years ago. 

Before I show the images from the recent Bat Mitzvah of Jillian Snow I shot in January, I do want to take a walk down memory lane and share with you some thoughts and pictures from my own Bar Mitzvah.  Yes, twenty-six years ago.  

While I don't recall much from the year-long studying, the actual ceremony, nor the reception, looking back at the pictures stowed in my closet do bring back vivid memories filled with emotions from my early teen-age years.

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Lauren & Michael’s Wedding

Lauren & Mike.  Sigh.  Two absolutely adorable people.  Ya kind of want to get mad at them for being so darn cute.

And to add to the charm they possess?  The two met 11 years ago in high school before the millennium, and shared their first kiss on New Years, 2000.  One.  Two.  Three.  Awe!  I do like that.  I am a sucker for these stories. 

Bride and groom in Naperville

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