A Phone Call from Iraq

I photographed Emily and Jay’s wedding Sept. 13, 2008. I first met Emily and her family while covering a story on her brother Ross when I worked for The Telegraph.  He was deploying with his Marine Corps Reserve unit to Iraq. I’ve been photographing their family for 5 years, and many of their family events have been punctuated by farewells and welcome home ceremonies for Ross.  He’s now on his second deployment to Iraq. 

Tears flow as Emily received a surprise call from her brother Ross via satellite phone as she arrived at her reception. He is a Marine serving in Iraq and wasn't able to attend the wedding.
Tears flow as Emily received a surprise call from her brother Ross via satellite phone as she arrived at her reception. He is a Marine serving in Iraq and wasn't able to attend the wedding.
Emily's maid of honor has a great reaction while helping with last minute "details."
Emily's maid of honor has a great reaction while helping with last minute "details."
Emily kept a photo in her purse of her and her grandfather, who passed away earlier in the year.
Emily kept a photo in her purse of her and her grandfather, who passed away earlier in the year.

Since Ross couldn't attend the wedding, his family made a life-size cut-out photo.  A groomsman assisted "Ross" so he could appear in this photo!
Since Ross couldn't attend the wedding, his family made a life-size cut-out photo. A groomsman assisted "Ross" so he could appear in this photo!

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