This weekend I had the honor of covering one of the most beautiful weddings I have been to to date. I mean, all weddings are beautiful…but this one was just beyond. More because the bride & groom were so head over heels in love with one another that you could just see it and being around them just made you happy to be alive because that love was so contagious. They could not take their eyes (or hands!) off one another. Monica & Ryan were married at New Life Alliance Church in Cornell, WI where their Pastor Jim led a very heartfelt and emotional service. The church itself is gorgeous, log cabin style and was perfect for the photos that Monica was insistent on having. Upon initially speaking with her, Monica said she had to have pictures with the church in the background. Sometimes this can be a scary thing to hear as a photographer, especially when you’ve never seen the church before..but when I pulled into the driveway of the church, I knew that it was going to be perfect. And it was.
It’s amazing to watch a wedding where all the family members are so loving and in complete and full support of the bride and groom. But not only that, completely invested in one another as a family. Ryan had all of his brothers stand up for him, and Monica had her sister as MOH and Ryan’s sister as attendant along with one of her close friends, and all the girls were so helpful and supportive the entire day.
After I looked at all the photos from this wedding, I couldn’t believe all the emotional moments I captured. Of course, I knew there were a lot…but as a photographer and this being my passion in life, when I photograph I tend to go into automatic pilot mode and I just capture images just as second nature. Sometimes I get surprised by the images I’ve created, and this wedding was no exception. This family though, they made it easy for me to do my job. Before the ceremony, Monica’s mom led a beautiful prayer that had me choking back tears as I witnessed it. It truly was a defining moment of this day.
The love coming from this woman, for her children…was something amazing to bear witness to. It’s why I love what I do. Watching mothers on their daughter’s wedding days is such an emotional journey.
A little exciting sneak peek before the vows! They didn’t actually see one another, they just held hands like this and chatted sweet words to one another.
The same goes for Fathers of the Bride.
And parents of the groom…and heck…even the GROOM! Look at them!
You may kiss the (beautiful) bride!
Cutting the cake. Isn’t that cake stunning??
The first dance as man & wife.
I told myself I wouldn’t say it, but I have to! Doesn’t dad look like Kevin Costner?