Who does a bride spend most of her wedding day with? Her groom? Her bridesmaids? Her mother? As important as all of these people are, the answer is “No.” A bride spends nearly every moment of her wedding day with her photographer!
That’s why we find it so important to have a genuine relationship with our brides. We sit in on some of the most intimate moments of their wedding day.
When opening the handwritten letter from her groom.
When her mother is helping her into the dress she’ll become a “Mrs.” in.
When she and her groom share a prayer in their first touch, or when they finally see each other for a first look.
We are there to not only capture each of these moments, but to experience them with the bride and groom.
For many of our brides, we first meet when sitting down for a wedding consultation. After that, we work closely with them during their Engagement Session, Bridal Session, Budoir Session and when creating their wedding timeline. It’s pretty common that we consider them a personal friend by the time their wedding comes around.
We are often times the ones calming them before they walk down the aisle. We remind them to take a deep breath and remember why they’re doing this: because they are about to marry their best friend! We’ve been the friend they rely on and to pray with them before walking down the aisle.
Leah, our studio marketer, blogger, camera room assistant, etc., was at the Campbell-Smith wedding this past May, not working, but as a guest. Maeghan and Leah quickly became good friends after laughing their way through Maeghan’s Bridal Session. It was easy to see how much they adore each other when they finally saw each other!
We make it a point to not only befriend our brides, but to include them in our prayer lives. We pray for our brides with each step of their wedding preparation and after their weddings as well. We pray their marriages are happy, successful and that they grow closer to God together. We pray they enjoy each moment of their wedding. We pray for them with each anniversary that passes, and continue to keep them in our prayers through the years.
We love them each dearly and are so thankful for the relationships we have with them! We value the quality of our brides so much. They love the Lord as much as we do! It always makes the hair on our arms stand up when we get to photograph such sentimental, religious features of their weddings.
Courtney and James chose to braid a cord with three strands in their ceremony. The Bible verse Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” One strand to represent Courtney, one to represent James and the third to represent God were all braided together to create a cord that is not easily broken.
Zach and Melissa chose to wash each other’s feet just as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples in John 13. This was done to show the love and respect they have for each other. John 13:14 says, “I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. So you also should wash one another’s feet.”
We are so thankful for the couples God brings us. They are good people who love the Lord. We continue to pray for them and for the brides and grooms God will bring us for the years to come!