Sigh. My love for my brides and grooms is obvious and apparent. I am downright gushy.
I was sitting with another creative (and friend) over coffee the other day and I was laughing about how ridiculously I love photographing weddings, and how over the top I am about it. In this industry, it’s really a love or hate thing. Generally, you’ll find photographers that either think it’s the best thing ever or they avoid it like the plague. I happen to be the former. Now, to be fair, I will say that a wedding is usually going to have about 60-80 hours of work involved for me. It’s not an EASY job, but it’s one I really do love. Part of the time that I invest is wanting to know who you are as a bride. There are so many things that can happen on your wedding day. It’s such a high pressure situation. I honestly want to know who you are as a person because when it comes down to it, I (or a photographer on my team) is going to be the one standing closest to you that needs to have your back and sometimes be your voice in that moment.
Back to the coffee…as we were talking, I realized that I love photography for one main reason. I love telling stories. If I can do anything with my photography, I hope I can tell you a story. About who your family is right this second. About all the possibilities you have in life. About how beautiful you are. About the person you are going to marry. Or even about your wedding day. I think the reason I love weddings so much is that it seems with portrait photography, I need to find and create a story. I have to find that emotion and bring it out. Portrait photography tells a moment, a beautiful moment, maybe even a very emotional moment. But on a wedding day, wow. A wedding day tells a 1,000 moments. It’s a day filled with emotion, friends, family and everyone is looking to have those moments. All you have to do is record the story that is right in front of you. It’s absolutely incredible.
Although I would be considered a ‘lifestyle photographer’, I lean much into the photojournalistic side of life. I will pose you and go crazy over light with the best of them, but the image I will go back to over and over again is the one taken from the corner of the room that no one even knew I took. That’s the one I’ll treasure, because it tells a story. Wedding days are so full of that. Sigh.
This wedding was extra special because the bride was actually from California. Most of you know I recently (or I’m adjusting slowly) moved to the West Palm Beach, Florida area from southern California. It just happened that this bride was an old, old friend that connected with me. We actually hadn’t talked in years, life just took us in different directions. She just happened to be getting married on my (new) side of the country. Her fiancé was born and raised on the west coast of Florida and she was flying back and forth a lot. How perfect is that ?
They decided they were going to do a ceremony in Florida and then a reception a year later in Los Angeles and asked me to photograph the wedding. As they were having a smaller wedding, they decided on the beautiful Baughman Center, which is on the University of Florida campus in central Florida. Lovely wedding venue and the area is so very different than the very tropical West Palm Beach / Miami kind of south Florida thing I’ve experienced in this state so far. The reception was held in a historic bed and breakfast in the same area. It was lovely, small and intimate and such a privilege to be a part of.
The other absolute highlight of this wedding is that my beautiful bride also happened to be a vegan blogger. I have a ton of food allergies so I eat a ton of vegan food simply because it works so well for me. She. Had. A. Vegan. Wedding. Cake. Just stop it. My team was literally laughing (out loud) at me as I ran past to shove (yes, shove) more cake into my mouth as I continued with what I was doing. The bed and breakfast actually sent some left over cake with me, this is how obviously and non-smooth I was about my love of this vegan goodness.
Amanda and Otto, it was a privilege being a part of the most important day of your life.
Everyone else. Enjoy.
Ceremony Venue: Baughman Center
Reception Venue: Magnolia Bed and Breakfast
Dress: Vera Wang