The hit series This Is Us hit the television world by storm when it premiered last fall and fans were captivated as they watched their new favorite TV family go through trials and tribulations, with a bit of a twist. For all 18 episodes of Season 1, fans returned week after week leading to the show’s renewal for not one, but two, more seasons, ensuring the show would be on the air until at least 2019.
During the long wait in between seasons, fans have been going crazy over what Season 2 will bring when it returns in September, but one fan spent the hiatus months paying homage to the fan-favorite couple on the show, Jack and Rebecca Pearson, played brilliantly by Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore, respectively.
As Entertainment Weekly reports, one super fan photographer did an entire wedding photo shoot with exact details that resembled the way the wedding went down on the show.
Karen Rainier’s shoot was filled with This Is Us references that only the most die-hard super fan would understand. The real-life couple in the shoot, Peter and Emily, agreed to model for the photos and actually resemble the couple from the show.
In a blog post regarding the photoshoot, Rainier commented, “I am a bit of a TV junkie and I have been obsessed with the show This Is Us since the first episode premiered. Sometimes it is good to stretch your creative wings, and I had been trying to come up with a completely unique wedding inspiration shoot that hadn’t been done yet. It seems like a lot of the wedding blogs have been publishing the same styles over and over again, so instead of drawing inspiration from colors or popular wedding trends, I decided to look outside my industry for inspiration. When I saw the episode of This Is Us where Jack & Rebecca get married, it hit me right then and there that I had to do it.”
Wowww you guys! I've been fielding media requests for the past 12 hours off and on- what the what??! I'm in total shock that this little idea of mine somehow exploded like this. The ironic part about all of this is that I had submitted this to a wedding blog for publication. I waited for 3 weeks just to hear back that they weren't interested. But, for once instead of getting discouraged and letting the rejection drag me down, I kept my head up and stayed confident in my work, and refocused on what is important: I don't work for badges from blogs or recognition. I work for my amazing clients and to fuel my own creativity. So I decided to stop submitting it to wedding blogs and instead just publish it on my own website. I loved the photos, was proud of my work and wanted to share them so I did. In this industry it is so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing. Easy to let a big name blog rejection get you down. But throughout my career so far, if I've learned anything, it's that it's ok to do your own thing your own way. ????????????Thank you all for all the likes, shares, love and support and huge thanks to the amazing vendors and models for helping me make this come to life! And thank you @mandymooremm for sharing the photo on your story! I'm still fangirling about it, you are amazing. One more thing: BIG shoutout to my husband. He is a real life Jack Pearson- just an amazing husband and father and always there to support me and love me through challenges and triumphs (so just like Jack except he's not going to die anytime soon ????????) ????????????#thisisus #mandymoore #miloventimiglia #ohwowyes #huffpostido
The couple’s wedding vows from the show were on display in the shoot. And according to the Entertainment Weekly article, Peter and Emily had a vacant apartment (since they were in the middle of a move) that they were able to use to recreate the now iconic anniversary scene from the show’s 14th episode. Everything fell into place for the young photographer as her dream photo shoot took shape quite nicely.
The main couple on the show has a love story that captivated viewers from around the globe. When speaking to the Huffington Post about the couple’s relationship, Rainier said, “[It’s] what real love looks like. There are highs and lows, there are struggles and triumphs. But they are a team through it all… They aren’t perfect but they do their best and that is all any of us can strive for.”
You can check out all the photos from the shoot on Karen’s website.
Even though the show’s first season finale did not receive the warm response that’s typical of most This Is Us episodes, fans are still eagerly awaiting the show’s return on NBC in the fall. Very little is known about what Season 2 will have in store, but hopefully, the long-awaited mystery of how Jack Pearson met his untimely death will finally be revealed. And when it does, tears from around the world will no doubt be shed.
Catch up on all the Season 1 action on NBC’s website this summer, before the second season kicks off in the fall.
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