Hello friends! It's weird to write a blog without a bunch of photos but today I had the desire to write about some history about why I love to photograph weddings. It's about to get really real, so sit tight and enjoy! I'd love to hear feedback as well.
Yesterday a good friend and I were chatting and she said to me,
"You photograph weddings, you should be photographing single people. You know -- since you're single."
In my head I was like, "ouch. Should I take that in a harsh way or just laugh it off?" Well, I just laughed it off and was like yeah, yeah, yeah. But then I got to thinking about it, like really thinking about it.
"Why do I spend hours upon hours photographing two people becoming one?"
Ever since I was a little girl, I've dreamt about my big day when I will be the lucky girl to wear a beautiful white dress and marry the love of my life. I mean that's what a wedding is, right? Getting engaged, picking out your bridal party, wedding dress, venue, photographer -- it's all planned from the moment you can imagine it (especially with Pinterest -- can I get an amen?!)
But what if you've been single all 22 years of your life? What if you have friends surrounding you who are in a relationship, recently married, or even expecting a child? // It's hard. It's hard to keep covering yourself in the truth. The truth that God has a plan for you! It's all in His timing. You just have to be patient and fall in love with Him and He will unravel your love story //
"Gods plans will always be greater and more beautiful than all your disappointments."
So back to the question, "Why Weddings?"
Photographing weddings are a way for me to know and see the love stories that God has unraveled for people in this world. Capturing the love gives me hope & faith that one day God will put a guy in my path that I can plan my wedding with. When the groom sees the bride walking down the isle, it's so beautiful because some cry & some just smile ear to ear.
From the moment a bride inquires my services, they become part of my business family. We send emails back and forth talking about their big day. When we meet up for their engagement session it is a time for me to really get to know them and see how they love. And the time between their engagement session and their wedding, I continue to touch base with them and check up on the wedding planning. It really is a lot of fun.
Yes, being a sucker for sweet love stories means I probably shed a tear or two at weddings I photograph but that doesn't mean I am an emotional wreck on the inside. It's just my way of relating and showing how much those days mean to me. After last season, I discovered my new favorite part of a wedding (I probably have a lot more but here is a newer one.). So after a long day of getting ready, saying "I do." and partying really hard with all your friends and family, you and your groom do the final exit. That is the moment I love. It is the beginning of your new story. You're new adventure together. It is hope for a future of a family. Capturing that moment of the bride & groom running to the get a away car and exchanging sweet hugs & kisses to your new families, it is great love.
With this, I hope to reach out to other single creatives. Wedding photographers or not. This is still a message that relates to everyone. We photograph weddings for a reason and this is mine.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7