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Katherine & Sami

July 7, 2010

A few weekends after I shot Sami & Katherine’s wedding in Long Island, Bobby and I visited them in DC.

We were out having a few drinks a few blocks from their apartment. DC’s Capital Pride festival was winding down around us. I kicked around some streamers on the sidewalk and got to scratch the ultimate people-watching itch as half-naked and half-drunk people passed us by.

“So, how’s married life? Are you loving it? Is it really all that different?” I asked Katherine.

She explained how a few days earlier, she’d opened the refrigerator to find a container of hummus spilled everywhere. It was late at night and she had work in the morning; a goopy hummus explosion was the last thing she needed.

But even though they were both exhausted, even though no one really wants to clean up goopy hummus late at night, they worked together and had it cleaned up in just a few minutes.

So when I asked Katherine how married life was treating her,  she said it’s like knowing if you stumble upon a mess and it’s late and you’re tired, you just roll up your sleeves and exchange an understanding glance at your partner and get to work.


Here are my favorite photos from Sami & Katherine’s wedding. Editing these photos was a very intense affair since I’m so close to these two. I’ve never had to shoot through so many tears at a wedding and I’ve never shed so many while editing. It’s a good thing, though – I just really love these two kids and am so grateful I was there to be a part of their wedding day. It was one of the most incredible weddings I’ve ever gone to.

During the ceremony, it felt like these two people were the only people in the church, yet at the same time, the love their guests had for them was overwhelming. They were almost like celebrities – near the end of the ceremony, after being pronounced husband and wife, Katherine and Sami threw up their hands victoriously and all of their friends and family cheered and clapped.

There was so much love surrounding them all day long. I am truly, deeply honored to have been there with my camera to document the day.

Thank you, Sami & Katherine.

Katherine & Sami are head over heels from Emily Porter on Vimeo.

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  1. Deanna says:

    Gorgeous… amazing… perfect! I can’t get enough of this couple! I hope they continue to enjoy eachother and love life!

  2. Mrs K Majeed says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! i never imagined this would turn out so amazing!!! but how could i expect less!!!!!!!!! so incredible!!!! xoxoxooxox

  3. Veronique says:

    This just makes me smile so much.

  4. Nikki Welch says:

    These are gorgeous, Emily. I love all the emotion you captured throughout the day. Great work!

  5. Hilary says:

    Wow! Her dress is awesome. Everyone looks so happy! I love that.

  6. Victoria says:

    WOW!!! I love love love the bride’s dress!!

  7. jennifer says:

    These pictures are just absolutely amazing!!!!

  8. Luis Godinez says:

    Emily, I can see why this is one of your faves. I couldn’t help but to smile as I view your images. Their happiness & joy is contagious. You did a wonderful job capturing their wedding.

  9. Love the dress! These pics had me smiling the whole time. Great job.

  10. Leah says:

    I absolutely love her dress. Seriously, I wish it were part of my purple wedding! The pictures are beautiful Emily. Their personalities really come through, and I’ve never met them.

  11. Kara says:

    You need to take up wedding documentary film making. The video clips were incredible, and the editing was perfect. A++

  12. Emily, these are wonderful photos!! His suit and her dress are chock full o’ awesome!!

  13. Amazing set! Love your portraits and how you captured their spirits. Well done :)

  14. These are fantastic. That’s one of the best post-kiss celebration shots I’ve ever seen.

  15. Kyle says:

    A. Love her dress.
    B. Love the look on his face when he sees her coming down the aisle and then their dance as they start walking down the aisle as man and wife.
    C. Love that I can feel your love for them through these photos and it makes me even more excited to shoot a close friend’s wedding in September.
    D. There is no D. You are amazing. Ok, that was D.

  16. Chris Honour says:

    Awesome, really awesome. Looks like it was a fun day for all.

  17. Cute pictures!! Love the colors!!

  18. Jared Tseng says:

    What a fun wedding! Looks like you captured it perfectly. LOVE the bride’s dress!

  19. Morten Maltesen says:

    Absolutely amazing. Sooo wish I could’ve made it out there. Gorgeous photos-gorgeous people. Good job Emily :-)

  20. Rima says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous images, I love your work Emily!

  21. Ben Godkin says:

    Those portraits have an ethereal and dreamy feel to them. Love it!

  22. naoisem says:

    most original dress i’ve seen in a long time. totally fab.

  23. Gorgeous job Emily…… it’s a beautiful story from start to finish. It’s so lovely to see the bride and groom so relaxed and loving every moment! :)

  24. toni clemens says:

    I love it. There is an entire story there, and the portraits are beautiful. Great job

  25. Stacey Ivanditti says:

    The pictures came out gorgeous!!! I couldn’t stop smiling looking through them all!

  26. Mrs K Majeed says:

    i love the video so much :)))))))))

  27. Michael Andrews Bashan says:

    Way to make me miss the hell out of you. Emily, you did a fantastic job.

  28. momo says:

    amazingly beautiful!

  29. Heather says:

    Love the pictures!!

  30. emily north says:

    Still gets me all faklempt every time!

  31. courtney says:


  32. J.mo says:

    I heart Kat. I heart Sami. I especially heart Kat and Sami together. What beauties!

  33. Ellie says:

    Faklempt is right :)

  34. Julia says:

    I love these two. Your photos and commentary almost made me cry:)

    Sad I couldn’t make it that day.

  35. Kasia says:

    Looking at these photos is like being there all over again – you guys are beauties!

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