It is impossible to tell you what was my favorite part of Ross & Laurie’s wedding.
It is even more impossible to choose just a few pictures… so I decided to share all of Ross & Laurie’s favorites with you….
The setting for their special day was like a scene out of Pride & Prejudice – Ross & Laurie’s favorite movie.
The trees had just popped into their peak fall coloring, so my photog partner-in-crime, the illustrious Peter Rice and I, had a hard time not overshooting!
Ross & Laurie and their team of creatives (Ross’ mom, Laurie, and Laurie’s friends) had not spared any details. The trees were trimmed, the ribbons were hung, the winery-vines were wrapped, and the twinkle lights were twinkling. Even the horses had come out to graze in the field, and they were the perfect backdrop to the paint-dotted trees.
Laurie’s dress was straight out of P&P and when she rounded the corner to walk down the aisle and the wind picked up, it carried her dress into a gentle a-symmetrical flow just like Elizabeth Bennet’s dancing dress at the ball!
The number of times I caught my breath at the magic of this day are too many to be counted.
And that is what it is about right? Those magical moments that make you pause… the ones that capture you and invite you into the scene… to not only witness, but be a part of the story that is writing itself.
As much as my heart was sad because – as a photographer – the story from dating, to engagement, to wedding had come to a close… I was rejoicing because I knew the beautiful story of Ross & Laurie’s marriage was just beginning… and they invited me to be a witness to this new beginning…
As a photographer, it is the highest form of compliment to be invited into a pinnacle moment like a wedding.
When a couple invites you to paint a picture of their special day. it’s sacred. Not to be taken lightly. It makes you invested – not only as a photographer, but as historian, story-teller, and benchmarker.
When the couple celebrates their first anniversary, it will be your photos they look at as they share their year-old wedding cake.
When they have their first fight… she will pick up her wedding album and remind herself why she loves him. You took those pictures.
When they have children – God willing – she will show her little girl the dress she wore… and he will share with him how much he loves mommy.
When they celebrate their 50th anniversary, your pictures will be the backdrop.
You are a part of them. They are a part of you. That is a sacred trust…
There are so many moments and details of Ross and Laurie’s wedding that I want to share… so enjoy the video this weekend, and I’ll be back next week to share more!
I would also be remiss not to give my girl Marirosa a shout out… so many of the shots I was able to get at Ross & Laurie’s wedding were a direct result of her investment in and mentoring of me as a photographer and I am SO grateful!