Embrace All The Emotions
I remember when I walked down the aisle with my Dad, I felt like I wanted to cling onto his arm forever, but at the same time, I wanted to run towards my Groom.
How can such different emotions coincide? I have no idea, I'm not a psychologist.
What I do know is throughout the course of a wedding day, a bride will feel almost every emotion known to man, sometimes all at the same time. If you're anything like me, showing certain emotions in front of people can feel uncomfortable. But your wedding isn't the place to hold back. Let's be clear, I'm not talking about becoming a bridezilla. I'm talking about leaning into the true, human emotions that are going to sometimes sneak up on you throughout the day. Tears welling up? Let 'em spill. Feel like celebrating after that first kiss? Throw your arms up! Have a sudden urge to hug your grandma? Go hug her tight. Soak it all up. Those are the moments a photographer loves to capture.
I think that's part of what makes wedding photos so special. As you look at an image weeks/months/years after your wedding, it sparks whatever you felt in that moment.
That's why some of my favorite photos from my own wedding are the simple ones - the one of my best friend putting on my makeup, the one where my parents are sweetly holding hands during our ceremony, the one where my father-in-law chokes up while announcing us husband and wife, the one where my grandparents are dancing the night away, the one where Micah reached out to hold my hand, the one where everyone's dying laughing at the best man's speech, the one where I have googly eye glasses bouncing off my head at the reception, and of course, the one where at the beginning of our nature trail aisle my arm is clinging to my dad's as we look at each other and smile.