I have been thinking a lot about family lately.
Sadly my extended family lost both an Aunt and a cousin within one week of each other due to cancer. While attending the funeral for the first I sat in the pew starring at the enlarged photo of my Aunt mesmerized by her smile and her eyes seemingly looking right at me. Out in the lobby of the church was a table full of photos of her grand kids, siblings, and friends enjoying her and life. It was amazing how those photos brought smiles to faces, how they helped to dry tears and gave all of us something to grab onto in such a time of loss. About 3 years ago I was fortunate enough to finally realize the true meaning in why I am a photographer. Telling stories of people so generations of new people can see for themselves the story of family members that came before them is a resolve I take into each wedding I shoot. It is not about making images of people looking perfect, or of things, but more about images of who people are in their true form. Being able to see my Aunt in photos showing her true form brought me some comfort thus strengthening my resolve even more. So in thinking about what to blog today I felt it appropriate to blog a wedding I shot last year that was very dear to me.
The chance to document family does not come along to often and when it does it is always meaningful. So when my cousin Gretchen asked me to be the photographer for her wedding to Fred I was happy for the opportunity. Being able to photograph moments involving my family makes me feel like I am doing a little something to help and maybe just maybe one of my photos will bring some comfort to someone in a time of loss one day.
This wedding was so great. New families are formed at every wedding, but some are formed faster than normal as in the case of Gretchen, Fred and Tate. It was so awesome to witness this family becoming official that day. Gretchen and her son Tate have been waiting for just the right person to come along and Fred was perfect. It was wonderful to watch all of them that day, especially how happy Fred makes Gretchen. I cannot remember a time seeing her so happy. Their day was surrounded by such love and friendship that happiness spread like wildfire.
Ceremony- Church of the Resurrection Downtown
Reception- Rivermarket Event Place
I started the day out photographing Fred at the hotel as he got ready. He decided to do so by himself which I found great. Just some time by himself before the ceremony. Here he is laying out his tie and custom cufflinks Gretchen got for him as a gift that had the definition of Forever on them.
I love this image. It has special meaning to me as I made a very similar image during my other cousin Erika’s wedding. At Erika’s wedding I made a photograph of Gretchen carrying her sisters dress as she made her way across this very staricase before her ceremony. This is the house they grew up in so it was important to me to look and wait for a moment that was similar. I got my chance when Gretchen was giving Tate a piggy back across the same landing.
This was my favorite moment of the day to witness. Gretchen and her son Tate was such a big part of the story that day so I made sure to pay attention to their relationship. Gretchen was in the chair getting her hair and makeup done when Tate came downstairs dressed up in his suit. Gretchen upon her first look at him lost it.
Having fun in the boothBOOTH.
Thanks for letting me be a part of your day Gretchen Fred and Tate!