“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” -Eudora Welty
People often ask me if I get nervous on wedding days – “That’s got to be so much pressure!”- they say. To be honest, the thing I get most nervous about is pinning the boutonnières – a task that photographers often get charged with out of necessity. To date, I have pierced my fingers, bent pins beyond use, and once even broke a flower off completely (luckily, there was an extra. But y’all, don’t say I didn’t warn you…)
Sure, it’s a lot of pressure, but until the first person mentioned it, the thought had never crossed my mind. You see, I am sentimental in nature. To me, photographing a wedding is far from a pressure filled 12 hour day. Rather, it is the gift of remembrance. The chance to capture often the most monumental and joyous moment in two people’s lives, so as years pass and memories fade, he or she can literally look on the images I captured and utter something along the lines of, “I’ll never forget the moment I saw you at the end of the aisle”.
I’m approaching 30 and have felt quite sentimental towards time lately. It seems to me that the old adage, “days go slow, and years go fast,” is actually quite true. Through photography, I am able to give people the ability to hold in their hands the moments that run away with time. What a gift. To all those who gave me that gift last year, thank you.
Embedded within this post are moments of joy, moments of anticipation, and moments of relief. There are accidental misspoken vows, quiet prayers before vows, euphoria after vows. There are silly moments, serious moments, and sweet (literally!) moments. Moments of commitment, awe, and growth. Choosing these images was quite the challenge. There are so many. Sooo many. But the collection below is a wonderful sample of the joy I witnessed over the past year. Every single one of these images makes me smile. I hope you not only see, but feel the moment in each one of these.
Here’s what I saw in 2019: