Preparing vows can be such a beautiful thing. Thinking of special moments that only the both share and injecting little humour into them. Was so lucky to be able to help preserve these lovely moments for this couple.
hello m o n d a y! Last weekend two friends of me organized a get to gether with a bunch of friends of us “because they did not celebrate new years eve with us” I did not think much at the time, because they were on a holiday. When everyone arrived they wanted to toast but it was everything but a regular toast. It was a lovetoast because they are getting married 💕 I could not be happier for them and can’t wait to cry when they say ‘yes’ to eachother!.
The first one of my friends that are getting married, who’s next? I’m so excited🤩
At my age, especially as a Wedding Photographer, the question all too often comes up..."When are you going to settle down?". Usually followed by the ever impertinent "Don't you want to have kids?", or the "It must be so hard to do what you do (and then they lower their voice a little like it's a secret)...& *still* be unmarried! I couldn't do it!"
I won't even try to lie, it is in fact hella hard with each passing year, as Birthdays fly by (along with ignorant statements about a "Biological Clock" that somehow God Himself apparently isn't aware of😉🙈😂), and I capture breathtaking, true life, fairy tales of my precious Brides to their beloved Grooms.
Watching the intense care & devotion they have for the one God designed with them in mind, so much so that they literally put her needs and wants, her heart, before their own, doesn't break mine loves!
It reminds me the wait will be WORTH it! And, in the mean time, I get to share my gift, that HE GAVE, with amazing couples HE chooses to cross my path with. .
I get first hand, front row, viewing to real life love stories, and yes, all too often I'm shedding tears behind the lens. Hiding and blinking salty wet things out of my eyes during First Looks and First Dances. Shooting whilst praying and hoping someday the one meant for me will be futilely holding back tears more handsome and beautiful than those my Grooms always shed for their Brides...because he'll be looking at me, twirling me...and finally it won't be a dream I have to wake up from. .
So please 1) don't pity the "Single Wedding Photographer"! I truly am BLESSED to be constantly surrounded with reaffirming unconditional devotion from the loves and lives God places before me! And 2)...Well...because it's not up to me...keep the "clock" comments hushed!🙏🏻
I am simply walking out my calling, some very hard days at a time sure, until God says "It is time!". Annnnnd then the struggle really will be REAL...because I'm elitely discerning with my couple's weddings sooo that'll be fun😂😂😂 .
I believe "Do unto others" also means "Always love & serve, with all that you have, those who have what you long for most while waiting, & you'll be blessed!