“Consider what a long way you’ve come today.”
I came across that quote the other day and it stopped me in my tracks. Quite literally. I just sat there and stared at the screen. How far I’ve come? What? I often track my progress by things I HAVEN’T checked off my (dream) list. Not the other way around. So I sat there and I simmered. I forced myself to slow down and really ask myself, how far have I come? How did this all begin?
If you had asked me what I wanted to do when I was a kid, I probably wouldn’t have said wedding photography. In fact, when I started college, I was convinced that I would be working primarily in web/print design. At the time, photography was a creative outlet for me. I loved getting out in the beautiful sunshine to explore with camera in hand. Photography allowed me to capture things. Places. People. Moments. My mountains.
I loved sitting in coffee shops hearing couples tell their stories. We would often times talk about family, adventures, their pets, favorite types of ice cream… anything that held meaning to them. Sometimes the stories weren’t always pretty or outrageously romantic. But it was real and real love is beautiful.
There was one time that we sat over a cup of coffee and talked for an hour about weddings, family, adventure, and love. It wasn’t the typical “he/she makes me happy” kind of conversation. Instead, she talked about raw love. She said, “He wasn’t trying to be a super hero. He was constant, steady, and supportive.” Yes, I was fighting back tears.
I fell in love with knowing that someone was going to care for me even when I had a yoga pants and slouchy t-shirt kind of day. I fell in love with knowing that someone was going to be my biggest encourager… daring me to dream bigger. I fell in love with warm snuggles by the fire under handmade quilts. I fell in love with the notion of “say yes and figure it out along the way.”
And that was the love that I wanted to capture. That little twinkle in your eye. The way he brushes your hair away from your face on a breezy day. The way he makes you laugh. Because weddings are about beautiful marriages; not just a pretty party.
Personally, I believe that marrying your best friend is one of the most amazing, precious, and life changing moments. You’ve found the love of your life and it’s exciting and thrilling. A wedding is the celebration of two people who are madly in love joining hands to vow their lives to each other. It’s a vow of knowing that life is no longer about me, it’s about we.
So while you obsess about the details, know that people are there for you. To support you. To encourage you. To love you both.
My goal is to capture all of those beautiful moments that happen. There’s so many things on your wedding day that you’ll forget. And while you think you’ll remember them forever, most of the memories will begin to fade before the honeymoon ends. While I love gorgeous details, my passion is people. I’m there to photograph you, your husband, gentle tears, laughs, and smiles. I’m there for your mother buttoning your dress with misty eyes. I’m there for the quick hug from your grandmother. I’m there for family portraits and watching generations gather. Oh how they are proud of you. I’m there when your new husband gently leads his mom in a dance with tears streaming down their faces. The way you glare at each other in pure awe. The way he gently holds you. I’m there. During this time, I’m quiet. I’m a gentle leader. I’m a nurturer.
I’m truly excited for you both and I would love to hear your love story.