Sarah & Andrew’s wedding was beautiful in all the right ways but there was one part, one unique moment, during their wedding that really stood out to me, more than any wedding I’ve ever photographed.
When you scroll through the photographs below, one that sum up their excitement is Andrew & Sarah walking down the aisle after their outdoor ceremony at the John James Audubon Center. Look at the excitement on their faces! Following that photo are two quiet photos. You might scroll past if you didn’t know what this simple time meant to them.
Sarah & Andrew walked straight from their ceremony to a quiet porch, secluded away from the rest of the wedding festivities. The porch (in the photo above) has a nice view of an open green field. This was the moment they’d been waiting for. They’d told me dozens of times during our conversations over the months prior that this is what they were looking forward to. They sat together on that porch for 20 minutes snuggling, kissing, holding hands, eating, drinking, breathing each other in and thinking about what this moment will mean to them in years to come. This is the moment they’ll remember and I love that they took time just for each other to soak each other up.
It’s hard to put into words what our emotions mean. The part of the brain that processes meaning, logic, and words is different than the part of the brain that processes emotions. That’s what I think the power of photography is. It gives us a visual representation to return to. It puts a “face to the name” of what we were feeling and help us describe what a moment means to us. Are these photos loud, epic and over the top? Maybe. Are they award winning? To Sarah & Andrew, I’d say yes.
In an industry that’s constantly pushing “inspiration” and projects to add do for your wedding day, it can be easy to get distracted from the purpose of your wedding day. I wish more couples took time just for themselves on the wedding day to reflect on the journey they’ve had until this moment and the journey that’s yet to come.
Sarah & Andrew – Thank you for allowing me to be with you through such an intimate and meaningful moment and granting me the trust to attempt do it photographic justice.