I didn’t expect it. I have been a guest at a handful of weddings, maid of honor at one, and a bridesmaid in a few as well. Oh, and I’ve been the bride before too! I always cry during the vows, that moment when two become one in front of God, family, and friends. At Ginny and Woody’s wedding, I didn’t expect to cry. I had never met either of them, had no connection with anyone present, except for my friend Amber who asked me to second shoot for her.
I made it through the preparation just fine, all of the girls bouncing around with smiles and energy, champagne being passed out, makeup applications, hair dos, and even a tiny baby boy being awed over and loved on. I didn’t cry.
We made it to the house the wedding was being held at, Ginny quickly slipped her dress on, so quickly that we asked her to take it back off so Amber could get a few shots of it! She slipped it back on… still, I hadn’t cried.
A few moments with Woody and the guys for a few shots- definitely didn’t cry then, just laughed!
I watched behind the lens as the wedding party approached the ceremony site, two at a time, arm in arm. I watched Ginny being lead so sweetly by her father, and as a father reluctantly gave his baby girl away… still no tears.
I was doing good, no embarrassing sobbing or running makeup (think, “The Crow”) when it happened. It was time for the father/daughter dance. As most of you know, I don’t have a relationship with my father, so I’m always quite envious of a father adoring his daughter. It’s a struggle in my heart, and I am constantly reminding myself that my Father is God and I frequently close my eyes and envision His embrace. I weep behind the lens and hope no one sees…. And in that moment I am reminded again why I love this art of photography and why I’m grateful for the opportunity to witness such sweet exchanges of emotion.
That's a little story about my experience, but I'll let the photos tell the full story....
But first....Ginny and Woody, thank you for being open to Amber bringing me along. You both made me feel like I was a part of your day and I appreciate that more than you know! I hope you both had an amazing honeymoon and are blissfully enjoying each moment together now.
This wedding was last month and my friend Amber asked me to second shoot her first wedding with her. Of course, I was beyond excited and honored that she would ask me! It was a GREAT learning experience and really helped prepare me for the wedding Isaac and I are shooting next April. Thanks Amber for choosing me, and for trusting me to assist you with a milestone in both of our photography journeys, I appreciate it more than you know!