I am back after a long blogging vacation. So far 2013 has only consisted of getting the flu so I haven’t had a lot of energy lately. I am feeling much better though and I’m excited to blog about Stephanie and Al’s sweet winter wedding. There is something about December weddings that are truly so special. Lots of fresh snow and twinkling lights but one of the things I loved most about this wedding was the gospel choir for their ceremony. Seriously, how neat is that? Stephanie and Al walked up the aisle as husband and wife while the choir sang “Oh Happy Day”. One of the coolest wedding moments last year, for sure. They held their beautiful reception at the American Club. It had been a few years since I last shot there so I was happy to be back. It was nice to see two of my past couples at this wedding(Emily & Justin and Ann Marie & Rob). So great to catch up their lives as husband and wife.
Congratulations Stephanie and Al! Thank you for being so dang awesome to work with! :)
My “slow season” is in full swing and I don’t mind it one bit. I’m happy for the break but I know that very soon I’ll be dying to get back to work. This is the time where I look back at my last wedding season and sort of reflect. I think about my work, my improvements, things I need to improve on, all the happy moments I got to capture at the weddings, etc. One thing that has stood out to me that I’ve recently been pondering is: couples on their wedding day should take a few minutes to breathe in and relish the moment…alone. Yes, even without me.
I shot a wedding last year where a couple did just that. Immediately after walking down the aisle, they sneaked away into a room for a couple minutes, just the two of them. No receiving line, no bridal party, no photographer. They wanted to be ALONE for just a moment. Only they know of the sweet words exchanged, the possible tears and kisses.
I’ve shot over a hundred weddings and this had to be the first wedding I noticed something so sweet like that. It made me think that all couples should take a few minutes, go hide somewhere from all the craziness, and just be. I guarantee that it will be one of the best moments to happen during the whole day(and I can say this from experience). Jonathan and I got to have a few moments to ourselves during our wedding. It is probably the most vivid memory I have from that day and definitely one of the happiest.
I highly recommend to all engaged couples yet to wed to take a few minutes on your wedding day to just be alone. A good time is immediately after the ceremony when your adrenaline and emotions are high. The day will go by in a flash so taking the time to really soak in all the emotions with your new spouse will for sure be a cherished memory from your wedding.