The day started off pretty tame with a family photo with their animals. We all hopped in the car and Steve and I were super grateful that they were willing to drive to the city. The car ride its self was a blast… Pam and Matt are two of the funnest people we know.
Once in the city we headed into Starbucks so Pam could change into her wedding dress. Everyone was staring as she walked in holding it, and then walked out wearing it. Walking 20+ blocks through the city was no different. I think they got more “congratulations” from strangers than on they’re wedding day back in May! They also got a lot of “honey, your dress is dragging, its going to get ruined!” – we had to laugh about those.
We kept walking… we had a plan, and that plan involved Bethesda fountain. Once we were finally there, they took a hard look at the fountain and all the green water and lily pads. I made sure to say to them “you don’t have to if you don’t want do,” but this was Pam and Matt, and they were determined. There was a huge crowd and they all watched and cheered once they realized what they were doing! A CNN producer even walked up to us and gave us her card and said that she got the whole thing on camera and to watch for it!
We took a cab back to the car and headed back to NJ. We were racing the sunset, hoping to hit it at the right time. Once in Asbury Park I quickly ran into the water… jeans, sneakers, everything to get the shot before I missed that short window. I was waist deep and they were getting soaked. Soon enough I heard a huge wave behind me and held my camera in the air. About a minute later I was standing in the sand holding my dead phone in my hand! I forgot that it was in my pocket the whole time!
We got a few more shots on the beach and then headed out to grab some dinner. None of us had eaten anything all day and it was 8:00!Then, once again, showing how awesome they are, they took us to Verizon to get my phone situation squared away… being disconnected for 5 hours that night felt like forever!
That entire day was so much fun, and all the walking, the sand in my sneakers, and the death of my phone were worth it. I am so proud of the pictures we got and I’m so happy that Pamand Matt love them as well.
updated September 1st: Here is the video. Thanks so much Julie O’Neill!