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Niki & Chris: 9.22.12
The Inn at Erlowest

Chris first approached me at a concert at our college.  He surprised me by putting his arms around me without saying a word and swayed to the music.  We had never really spoken before but I knew who he was… the boy with the beautiful blue eyes.  How do I best describe this man I love so much?  He is my best friend, the love of my life, and the place I feel most at home. He is so many wonderful things; funny, fair, rational, caring, and is more patient than anyone I know.  With him, I am a better me. 

-Niki

Nicole asked me the other day about my memories of our relationship in its beginnings. As is true with most women, she could recall in vivid detail several occasions that have since slipped my mind. I, on the other hand, recounted a few insignificant memories of our days in college. One thing I was able to tell her, however, was that I knew I would marry her from the moment I met her. At the time, I knew nothing about her other than that she was absolutely beautiful. I have come to find out her beauty is outmatched by her kindness, her loyalty, and the love in her heart...unless she's in a bikini, then her beauty wins. She makes me a better person every day, and I could not imagine my life without her.

-Chris

ON FAMILY

 

I am completely and utterly blessed to have my large and traditionally flawed family.  I can’t express enough how much I love my parents (all of them).  They are each overly generous with love and support and I’m forever grateful to have been brought up in such an environment.  My mom is so kind and thoughtful. She is completely selfless when it comes to her kids. She taught me to love.  My dad is one of my best friends.  I can talk to him for hours and hours and I can always count on him to put a smile on my face. He taught me how to laugh.  Bob, my second father, is an amazing person.  Without him I know I wouldn’t be where I am today. He taught me dedication and hard work.  Michelle has introduced me to generosity without expectation. Through my sister I have experienced a bond and a friendship incomparable to any other. My brother and younger sister remind me constantly of how priceless innocence is. Last but certainly not least, I owe any strength that I may have to my grandparents for they have shown me, through example, how to live through it all, the good and the bad, and appreciate every day.

-Niki

I am absolutely grateful to my family for the lessons and experiences that have shaped who I am. I have learned the values of loyalty, dedication, and honesty. I have learned that it is good to work hard AND play hard. I have learned how to boat, how to fly, and how to drive. And I have learned how to love. I have also learned that a family is not defined by blood. I look forward to making our own family and only hope I can offer the love and guidance I have experienced.

-Chris

  • Allison
    December 12, 2012
    Beautiful! Love all the black and whites….And of course my favorite church!

  • Eren Savasli
    December 11, 2012
    Congrats Chris and Niki! The photos came out awesome. Tracey, excellent job!

  • Chris Graef
    December 10, 2012
    Thank you to everyone for the comments…and thank you Tracey for all the amazing memories! You are truly the best!!!

  • Mike Cramer
    December 10, 2012
    Great pictures!

  • JoAnn Cramer
    December 09, 2012
    tracey, sorry for the misspell! Can’t stop looking at these photos and waiting for the whole batch.
    Niki and Chris – love both of you, and so glad these photos captured how special you both are and how gorgeous you were on your wedding day. So much fun…can’t believe it!

  • Nicholas Fahrenkopf
    December 09, 2012
    Awesome photos- congrats again you two!

  • Diane Dewey
    December 08, 2012
    A beautiful couple, a wonderful wedding and amazing pictures! Thanks for letting us be part of such a special day.

  • Mandi Hochberg
    December 08, 2012
    Niki and Chris, your pictures came out absolutely gorgeous. It’s so nice to be able to look back at such an amazing day and know that it was all captured so beautifully. Niki looked spectacular like we all knew she would and Chris looks like a perfect compliment.
    Tracey, you did an awesome job I’ve never seen any one so willing to do whatever it takes to get things perfect! The photos speak for themselves, you captured all the beauty fun and laughs of the day and night!! I can’t wait for round two in May for my one of my best friends, Jenns wedding!

  • Kerry Cramer
    December 08, 2012
    What great pictures, and what a wonderful day! Love and happiness to the both of you. Kerry

  • Bud Hochberg
    December 08, 2012
    I Love the photos!!!…..especially pictures where I’m not crying lol. Tracey, you did a great job capturing the feelings we all had that day, thank you

  • Niki
    December 08, 2012
    Wow Tracey these are amazing!! Thank you for capturing all of the important moments for us. You have such a wonderful eye for true emotion. Thank you all who have commented for your kind words! XOXO

  • Pakl
    December 08, 2012
    LOVE THIS! LOVE YOU! pics look fantastic

  • Bob and Jeanne Pietrzak
    December 08, 2012
    Fabulous pictures and text. Great job. Love Uncle Bob andAunt Jeanne

  • Jenn Wiech
    December 08, 2012
    These pictures are absolutely stunning!! They capture so many beautiful moment!! Gorgeous :)

  • Jenna wood
    December 08, 2012
    You were the most beautiful bride. Great pictures of a perfect day

  • Ruth Cross
    December 07, 2012
    Amazing pictures ! They really capture the special moments. Congrats to the newlywed couple…

  • Mimi and Pop
    December 07, 2012
    Niki and Chris…..Pop and I are beaming with pride, reliving this beautiful day. You are both so very special to us and we couldn’t be happier for you. Tracey’s photography truly captured some precious moments and we can’t wait to see all the photos whenever they are available. We miss and love you both so much. What a wonderful life you have ahead of you. Enjoy the ride….it just gets better and better. (looks like your Father and Grandfather were in a “Need a tissue” contest).

  • Brittany Slagen
    December 07, 2012
    WOW!!! Love all of these photos :o) They are all absolutely beautiful! It was so nice to relive all of those beautiful moments from the wedding. What an awesome husband and wife, what an awesome wedding and what a beautiful future the two of you have! Love you both.

  • Cheryl Graef
    December 07, 2012
    Tears were flowing!! Beautiful couple, beautiful wedding. Well done.

  • mary Lou Fahrenkopf
    December 07, 2012
    I am so pleased to be part of this love and family. These pictures,share with allof us,what a beautiful couple,we have in our family. the love we all share .the tears I have are all happy ones. love gram fahrenkopf

  • Cathryn Cramer
    December 07, 2012
    Absolutely Beautiful! Tracey, these pictures are wonderful! Chris & Niki’s wedding was amazing and you certainly captured that!

  • Dan Cramer
    December 07, 2012
    Awesome Pictures! Such a fun Wedding!

  • Meghan B
    December 07, 2012
    Wow! These are gorgeous, I felt like I was right there celebrating such an awesome couple again!

  • JoAnn Cramer
    December 07, 2012
    These are not just pictures of a wedding, these are moments, and tenderness, and grace, and jubilation, and love and celebration…all perfectly captured. Tracy, truly elegant and wonderful. Thank you.

  • Alissa Graef
    December 07, 2012
    AMAZING! I knew these pictures would be absolutely gorgeous because you couldn’t have a more beautiful couple. I love you both so much!

  • Sara Jane
    December 07, 2012
    I CAN’T HANDLE THIS. Stunning stunning stunnin. I LOVE the dip picture and for that matter, every single one. AMAZING pictures, AMAZING day, BEST couple.

  • Kim Bolt
    December 07, 2012
    OMG, You captured all the emotions of that day. Your pictures are a beautiful piece of art. They made me cry. Tracey your talent is amazing. Can’t wait to see more.

  • Michelle Hochberg
    December 07, 2012
    Just a absolute magical day, with a beautiful princess! This was a picture perfect day that was captured exactly that way. Thank you Tracey, for giving us moments we will cherish for a lifetime.

  • Kerry Hayes
    December 07, 2012
    Niki and Chris- These pictures are amazing, you both look so happy!! Couldn’t be more excited for the two of you! Love you both!!

  • Caitrin Facini
    December 07, 2012
    These are so beautiful! Such great moments were captured, in just these few shots you can really see how wonderful and fun the whole wedding was! Gorgeous.

  • Michelle
    December 07, 2012
    What a beautiful wedding this was. Congrats Niki and Chris! Absolutely L-O-V-E your photos!

  • Meredith Yund
    December 07, 2012
    Wow! each photo got better and better! Beautiful work Tracey. Congratulations Niki & Chris!