After our wedding, of course I was dying to see the photos. Obviously. But what surprised me the most was which photos I was dying to see. I was most excited about our family photos – the easiest photos of the day for a wedding photographer to capture – the wedding cake, if you will. I was excited for myself and for my family to have these photos since it as not often at all that we all dressed up and were captured together in the same space. My excitement for these images were a close competitor with the infatuation we had with our ceremony photos. The documentary of wild emotions that Jeremy and I felt alongside our parents, grandparents, and siblings through the course of half an hour, were more beautiful and precious than I could ever describe. Photographs of my sister bawling during our vows, the proud look on my Dads face, and the pure joy on my Mothers sent me back to the moment in which it all happened. That’s when it shifted for me, this hierarchy of wedding photography importance. I knew what I was after now.
If I can be obvious for a second, I’ll tell you how much I truly love photographing weddings. But I don’t love them for the plain fact that everyone is dressed up and pretty and there’s good music and cake (though I do love the cake). I love photographing weddings because this is a poignant day in the lives of every single person there. It’s an important shift in time where you arrived differently than you left. This photography is documentation of a day where everyone you love most in the world came together to celebrate your love and the day you become husband and wife. It’s a big deal. It’s important.