A Photographer’s Top 5 Wedding Moments ~ Guest Post
Huge thanks today to Casie from Rebel Belle Photography for guest posting! I am not anywhere exciting, just trying to finish up some things (read: the new Niche White site has to be ready by Monday or I will lose my mind) and couldn’t dedicate any time to a good blog post. Casie is so kind to help me out; please go check out her site and catch up with her on her blog or Twitter!
Happy Friday Everyone!! I promise you that every day this week has felt as if it should’ve been a Friday for me – should’ve, would’ve, could’ve – if I had magical powers. I think that that might be my requested “Super Hero Power” if I could indeed have one; the magical power to make EVERY day a FRIday. I’d also request to have super hero photographic eyes, but I don’t want to get greedy in the super hero skills department. Unless it’s buy one get one free day…
Nic was so fantastic to ask lil’ ol’ me to guest blog for her today – and I couldn’t be more thrilled! So, I’ve got the Billy Joel tunes rockin’ and I’m ready to roll….
I recently met with a bride who, straight off the bat, before she was even comfortably sitting told me, “I am so nervous!” You see, this was her very first vendor meeting! I can totally relate to those nerves. There’s always a bit of natural-nerves when meeting someone for the first time. Are you going to click? Are they going to get your style? Your vision? Are they going to understand why you’ve put The Electric Slide on the “do not play” list?
We, of course, wound up clicking famously. We had quite a bit in common, and she’s one of the best friends of a former bride of mine. I loved her, she loved me right back – and perfect photographer/bride BFF-ness was born. I think I may have even heard angels singing. True. Story.
We chatted a lot about the details of her wedding day, my experience, and somehow wound our way into the awesome conversation of some of my favorite Wedding Day Moments.
Photographers are known for capturing moments – that is what we do, and most of us, live and breathe for as many moments as we can document. There is simply nothing better. So…I’ve put together a little “Top Five” if you will (sorry…I’m not as nifty as Mr. David Letterman and his TOP TEN list) of my very favorite Wedding Day Moments…DRUM ROLL PUH-LEASE!!
5. Till’ Death Do Us Part…
Number Five on My List of Favorite Wedding Moments? Goes to those words we’ve all been waiting to utter from the first moment we knew what weddings were all about (and yes – proven fact, gentlemen? We women have known what weddings are ALL about since birth.)
There is something so intense about this moment, so genuine, so real – because these are the words you’ve been longing to hear. And, yes, other words have been whispered, and the rings will be there in just a second or two…but those words?! Those words are incredibly powerful. In sickness & in health. For better. For Worse. For richer. For poorer. From this day forward!
I mean – is there ANYTHING more phenomenal than those words? Or in knowing that you’ve found this ONE person who is taking you – not only as you have been, and not only as you will be – but for who you are right now, in this moment?!
For those who write their own vows? Ugh, forget it. I darn near lose it every time. (Yes. I am admitting to perhaps tearing up a time or two behind the camera) …someday when I get married? I’m hoping that Mr.Married-to-Casie-Dude will promise to always kill bugs for me (because I am certifiably hysterical at the sight of bugs), always pick up after the dog (I…ahm…don’t pick up dog poop), and to always take out the trash (“mans job”…am I right?)…Hey! This girl can dream!
4. Family Moments
I was at a wedding a couple of years ago. It was an outdoor lakeside reception, a little chillier than most Floridian evenings…but you couldn’t really feel that with all the love on the dance floor. There was this one particular moment where I stood back and took it all in. These two families were now one. They were all laughing, and dancing, and truly living life. Nothing could’ve been better than that moment.
So from having your mom clasp your necklace just right to moments of laughter with your girls – best friends and sisters – to watching your groom dance with his momma and shake hands with your daddy. Is there anything better?
I promise you – very likely, it will never matter if your flowers were the perfect shade of tangerine (yes. Apparently “tangerine” is a color) but these moments, with your family and closest friends? Those are the moments to live for.
3. The First Look
I am a big fan of The First Look – in which the bride and groom see each other BEFORE the ceremony. I know, I know…it’s so rebellious! And there are those who LOVE the idea, and those who can’t believe it exists. There are a lot of “pros” to The First Look, but my favorite is the reason to as why I love it so much.
I mean, I completely 100% could not adore The First Look more without my heart potentially exploding. Quite simply? You will NEVER get a moment where it is JUST the two of you before your ceremony. It’s a quiet moment, and an intensely-uniquely-emotional moment. Those emotions are so incredible that while editing my last First Look for Scott & Dani’s St. Augustine wedding? *I* was tearing up a full 24 hours later. (okay, so…maybe I’m a bit of a sap – that’s the 2nd time I’ve admitted to crying…neither here nor there, my friends.) It’s hard for me NOT to fall in love with my Brides & Grooms.
2. The Walk Down The Aisle
Now THIS might be a shocker, since I just proclaimed The First Look (done BEFORE the ceremony and EXCLUSIVELY with only the bride/groom present) as one of my favorite wedding day moments. But HERE is one that will always TOP all the others (except for my #1 Favorite Moment) AND it will STILL be emotional and fantastical whether you see your groom before the ceremony or wait until THIS moment right here….
The music begins. Your guests stand and face you, smiles beaming from their faces. You and your father, arm in arm, begin the walk down the aisle. THIS is the moment, right?! You can’t stop smiling, and maybe there’s even a tear in your eyes. Your daddy squeezes your arm in support, because he knows it too – THIS is the moment! Maybe he’s a little scared to give his baby girl away – but he knows – the man at the end of this aisle, that you both move towards – is the only man he could ever give you away to.
Okay. I have tears in my eyes writing that and I’ve never ever been married. (Sap! I know! *sigh*) And while I capture these moments – you know which one is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE?!
The one of your groom. His infectious smile. The playful nudge from his best man. His expressive eyes that say it all – THIS is the moment. See, he’s been waiting for this moment too! I always love capturing an image of the GROOM as you are walking towards him.
I know, I know…how very 27 Dresses of Me…but its true! That moment is darn near perfect!
So what could be EVEN better than THAT moment? Well it’s my FAVORITE moment EVER at ANY wedding I have ever had the honor to photograph…and THAT is the moment where your officiant announces YOU and YOUR Groom as the BRAND NEW “Mr. & Mrs.”
There’s applause, and hugs. High-fives and tears of ultimate happiness. Ohhhh and you two will be smiling your faces off, hand in hand, rings all glitzy and glam, your bouquet held proudly in the air! You two did it!! You did the “unthinkable” – you FOUND each other! You FELL.IN.LOVE! And you crazy kids proclaimed it to the world from the mountain tops of wedded bliss.
THAT’s my favorite moment. Right there. Freeze-Frame it. It’s golden. It’s perfect. A brand new beginning. The NEW Mr. & Mrs.
Congratulations, you adorable little love bugs!! Here’s to a lifetime of happiness, and my hope that your Dude-To-Be will be the killer of all insects as well! ♥