September 1, 2017
I was sitting at a table at La Colombe, one of my favorite cafe’s in Philadelphia, sipping my tea, flipping through one of my latest wedding album proofs, when a cute elder woman next to me, looked over my shoulder and huffed “OH! I don’t know how you deal with weddings, too much chaos. Just way too much Chaos.” I smiled at her and laughed to myself. I swear, if I had a quarter for every time someone asked me why I liked photographing weddings, I’d be a very rich woman.
So here’s the deal. Your wedding is much more than just your ‘big day.’ It’s much more than the beautiful flowers, decadent cake and your stunning dress. It’s much more than timelines, song cues and coordinated dances. It’s much more than champagne flutes, wedding favors and an open bar. Don’t get me wrong, I love a gorgeous dress and a kickass dance just as much as the next girl. I admire and appreciate all the details you have spent months, maybe even years planning; but they way I see it is your wedding day is just one page in your ever-growing love story and I am here to capture your entire story.
I want to highlight the essence of who you are as a couple. I want your wedding day photos to showcase the beauty, the love and the intimacy you feel for one another, not just today, but every day. I want your wedding photos to capture every moment you have spent falling in love with each other, every struggle you have overcome together, every compromise you have made for one another, every goofy dance, funny face and loving look. Your love story doesn’t begin, neither does it end the day you say I do. Your story deserves to be told.
When I meet a couple looking for a wedding photographer, the first thing I want to know is who you are. I want all the details. I want to hang up the phone or walk out of our meeting feeling like I just had a lunch date with a long lost friend. Once I know who you are as individuals, who you are as a couple and what makes you work so well as a duo, I can capture your wedding day in a a whole new way. We now can create photos that are much deeper, much more meaningful and much more cherished. That’s what it is all about it isn’t? Celebrating the love and the life you have together. Adding even one more beautiful layer on top of the incredible commitment you have to one another.
So, you may see the chaos of a wedding, but I see a special moment in a life time of love. I see two people coming together to make their bond even stronger. When I watch the bride walk down the aisle, I see much more than a bride on her wedding day; I see the day they met. The days they spent binge watch Netflix. The day they said “I love you” for the first time. The days they were there for each other during times of struggle. The day they found their favorite brunch place. The day they realized they will do anything to make this work. The day he/she proposed. The day after the wedding. The day they find out their pregnant with their first kid… I see it all, I see the entire story coming together. I see all the promises and potential a wedding day makes and I love being able to photograph it all and document it for years to come.
Your wedding photos is a glimpse into your forever story and that my friend, is why I love photographing weddings.