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Kevin & Felomena

It is a great joy to photograph the weddings of couples that are obviously in love.  It was my pleasure to photograph Kevin and Felomena's wedding April 22, 2006 at St. Philomena Catholic Church with a reception at Shilshole Bay Beach Club.  Here is there story in Kevin's words.  Photography by Cory Parris.



One of my closest friends, Jason, had been dating this girl named Maybelle for about 6 years.  She was a nice girl, and pretty, but seemed to be very shy and quiet.  Over the years she was dating my friend, I got to meet each of her 4 sisters and I realized that Maybelle was definitely the quietest one. 


Her youngest sister, Felomena, always seemed to have this boyfriend lingering around, but she was the prettiest of the sisters by far.  She loved to laugh and a crowded room always seemed to center around her.  There were a number of times where family gatherings would begin at my friend's house, but things would be dead until Felomena arrived.  Even though I had met her a few times over the six years, I didn't really know her and had not talked to her much at all.


Finally, at one Halloween celebration at my friend's house, I met Felomena's adorable little 5 year old daughter, and had a great time hanging out with her.  I kept glancing at Felomena across the room, and I could not believe how beautiful she was, and I was told that she had finally rid herself of that annoying boyfriend.  After a great night of occasionally chatting with Felomena, and playing with her daughter, I told her sister I wanted to meet her. 


I convinced my friend, that I couldn't get this girl out of my head so he convinced his girlfriend that I should go out with her sister.  They gave Felomena my e-mail address, and from there she made the first move.  We e-mailed back and forth and made plans to meet on December 3rd at my friend's birthday party.  There was one problem, I was expected to get back from a business trip that night and would get to the party late.  I convinced another friend to keep her at the party until I got there.  This plan failed miserably. 


I planned to change from my business clothes into casual clothes at the airport, but forgot my casual outfit at my hotel.  After a long day of work, I had to drive back to the hotel, change, and race to the airport, where I missed my flight.  I caught the next flight home, but was 2 hours later than I had thought I would be.  I turned a 30 minute drive into 12 minutes only to arrive at the party and find I had missed her by 2 minutes.


She took pity on me and called me later willing to meet me later the next day.  We talked for a few hours on that first date and didn't completely hit it off, but we were interested enough in each other to go out the next day. 


The next day, I fell in love, and six months later asked the love of my life to marry me.  The proposal consisted of me dropping to one knee as we were on our way out to a movie.  It was perfectly mundane, but at the same time was so special.  On April 22nd the following year, we surrounded ourselves with all of our loved ones and exchanged vows in a church we had both attended while we were growing up.  Felomena got her reception by the ocean, and the day was truly spectacular.  It was one of the best days of my life.  We had so much fun and everyone we cared about was there.


We dealt with a place called Marine View Florist in Des Moines, that we have recommended to 3-4 other wedding parties and they have all gone with her and loved her prices and her work.  She was perfect as far as florists go.  We also had a pretty good photographer that we recommend to everyone...  I think you have his contact information (Cory Parris, of course).



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