When I picked up my camera for that first wedding in 2011, my 19-year-old self cared more about the pretty little details for the party than about the actual event happening in the church. I sort of knew what to look for, having obsessed over wedding blogs for months prior, but it wasn’t an authentic way to capture things. I chose to tell the story the way Pinterest told me I should.
God wouldn’t let me settle for that, though. I knew there was something deeper happening on a wedding day, so I started looking for it. It was then that I saw connection, grace, sacrifice, joy; I found the Sacrament of Marriage being lived out before my eyes. In my couples, in their guests, in the weight the Church puts on this Vocation - my heart was drawn to the authentic beauty of a wedding.
I started asking my couples how they knew they wanted to get married, what they did to stay connected, what advice they'd give me & other single people. I was learning about love but, really, we were becoming friends - and that made all the difference when I showed up to photograph their wedding.