Wanna know a secret?? I hate weddings. Aack! I know I’m not supposed to say things like that, let alone announce it publicly on the internet. But it’s true. A wedding is a beastly, bipolar monster hopped up on Pintrest with unrealistic expectations. And as a photographer, it’s a hellofalotta work.
What I know about weddings is that despite all your planning and best intentions someone important will be running late, the flower girl will suddenly go shy, the groomsmen will look for any opportunity to get out of their suits, and someone will inevitably have too much to drink. Flowers will wilt, cakes will melt, and there will be a wardrobe malfunction. If you have cable television you’ve probably heard the term “Bridezilla”. I’m sure all you reality TV junkies out there are picking up what I’m putting down, yaknowwhatI’msayin?
What I’m trying to say is, weddings aren’t all roses. BUT inside every one of those hectic wedding day moments is joy, wonder and beauty. One of the most important things you can do as a bride is hire a photographer with a trained heart and eye who knows how to look for it. A really good photographer can turn any mishap into a beautiful pin on Pintrest and design an album as gorgeous as a fashion magazine spread.
You should know, I take joy very seriously. Years of experience photographing weddings and families has trained me to find the beauty inside whatever story I am documenting – including your wedding day.
Every year I shoot a handful of weddings for brides and grooms that get it. They don’t stress out about schedules and timelines. They take comfort in knowing that the ceremony starts when they’re ready and not a moment before. And most importantly, they know that at the end of the night, no matter what else happens during their wedding day, they’ll be husband and wife. And that’s all that matters.
Last summer I had the pleasure of photographing Jae & Zar’s wedding at the Columbia Winery. It was a beautifully hot August day. I can’t say the wedding went off without a hitch, but I can say it was a heartfelt ceremony followed by a vivacious reception. Surrounded by friends and family, Jae and Zar professed and promised love. They were married.
Check out the video for even more photos of Jae and Zar’s wedding day…