Everyone likes praise. Nothing brightens our day more than knowing we’ve made someone really happy with our work. And having them share that with the world… well that’s even better! With that in mind, when I read what Mary Dinneen (Mother of photographer/bride Alissa Dinneen) wrote to me after viewing her daughter’s wedding film (June 9th), I… I… well, just read on and see what I mean:

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Dear Thomas,
In the hotel room the morning of Alissa’s wedding I wondered why you were taking pictures. SURPRISE NUMBER ONE…you weren’t. You WERE film-ing.
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From 5th grade when Alissa carried my bags till she was 24 and the main photographer for Photography by Mary & Alissa Dinneen, we planned her wedding day. The dreams were perfect. SURPRISE NUMBER TWO…reality isn’t. You WERE film-ing.
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The final months before The Day brought relentless winter storms and challenges. John and Alissa’s wedding was a blur, a silent movie in my mind. I watched as the slides flickered. SURPRISE NUMBER THREE…The camera of my mind was out of focus. You WERE film-ing.
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My only memory of you is in that hotel room. I saw another man at the reception. He must have been with you. Time passed. Life marched on. I forgot you were ever at the wedding. SURPRISE NUMBER FOUR…the morning Alissa sent me your Video Highlight of their wedding. You WERE film-ing.
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Like the force of the violent storm and rain that struck last night, emotions pelted through me as I watched the dreams that were a blur unfold. I am so overwhelmed by the force of what you created in that highlight. SURPRISE NUMBER SIX…Vantage Point Films captured the heart and soul of the wedding and the future’s promise for our families. You WERE film-ing.
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I am lost for words to express the magnitude of the effect the video has had on me. I spent twenty five years doing wedding photography for others, treating each one like my own. It is so different being on the other side of the lens and Alissa being the bride. SURPRISE NUMBER SEVEN… LUCKY SEVEN. You WERE film-ing.
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With deep gratitude and respect I thank you, for the visual of JOY that unfolded dreams and plans of a lifetime for Alissa’s wedding day. “Images the Heart Remembers” (my tagline) to cherish the rest of our lives.
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Appreciate-ing,
Mary Dinneen, Mother of the Bride
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I never imagined dedicating an entire blog post to one testimonial/thank you, but after reading that, I’m sure you get it. Thanks Mary… you made our year!

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