There is something amazing about photographing intimate weddings. Weddings tend to have strict timelines, tons of moving parts, and not much downtime for the bride a groom. Intimate weddings are something entirely different; nothing is rushed and every moment savored. Having gotten married only last year, it’s still fresh in my mind. While I had a blast on our wedding day, looking back, I would have loved more time to just enjoy marrying a great guy (Jason :-)). Katie & Jason (with the help of Brynn of Save the Date Events) planned just that; a day to enjoy. You could just see how they were completely in the moment and truly relished what was happening. It was a joy to be a part of and experience.
Gina and I generally split up while the bride and groom get ready separately. I enjoy hanging out with the groom (and groomsmen) as they get ready. There’s a wonderful nervousness that oozes from almost every groom as he gets ready for their wedding day. Jason was no exception. He was nervous, talked more than I’ve heard him talk… ever. He shared with me his many trials of growing out a little bit of stubble over the past few months. Eventually, he deduced that six days of growth was the perfect amount of facial hair for his wedding. He also lost thirty pounds between the engagement shoot last year and the wedding this year – remarkable! When a bride and groom choose to have a first look, there’s about a five minute window where it’s just me and the groom hanging out, waiting for Gina and the bride to come. It’s a special moment… for me to observe… a man waiting, with tremendous anticipation, to see his bride. The relief and comfort he experiences after the first look is tangible. It is as if, until that moment, he missing part of himself – and when he see’s her during the first look (or the ceremony) he becomes whole… and breathes again.
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