I love shooting Pinterest brides. This particular bride had a simple idea and brought her stickers. It took a few seconds to make sure they were in the right location and direction, but ultimately turned out pretty fun. A bride with cute shoes is a girl after my own heart.
I love this photo because I love this bride. Meeting up in old town Arvada before their nuptials, this non-traditional couple pranced and danced by the train tracks with the bride-to-be donning a deep purple wedding dress. The photo session was cut short due to a summer rain storm, but no amount of wonky weather was going to stop this couple. With part of the ceremony honoring her Hmong heritage, the couple came to the reception in full uniform with colorful bells and wraps. Rumor has it that she just gave birth last month and that they have a new addition and reason to smile.
There’s just something about the “almost kiss.” That moment of hesitation, expectation, and desire.
Every couple I ever shot has a story. I love back stories. At some point during my time with them I always try and squeeze out a tale or two of a juicy detail about their relationship, engagement, or history. This particular couple was my Harley couple that rode in from six states away to elope in the Rocky Mountains. They were all about the leather & lace…and they were fun. I won’t get into their personal details because it’s not for me to tell, but I love this photo because it reminds me of their story and makes me smile every time I see it.
It’s always fun to shoot weddings and be a part of someone’s special day. It’s an honor and a privilege, and as a wedding photographer I hope to never forget that, no matter how many weddings I’m a part of. Especially at elopements. So often the prevailing attitude among some photographers is that somehow elopements are not as important because there’s not as many in attendance or they aren’t spending as much. I believe just the opposite. Someone who has made the decision to only have a select few or even no one else at all in attendance highly values this moment and is very careful regarding who is a part of their day and their memories. I do not take this lightly. I love weddings — I love everything about them. I love the vows, the nerves, the bling, the rings, the simplicity of capturing smiles and the uniting of two hearts before our Maker.
In this particular photo, the day did not go as planned. This poor bride and groom showed up to the hair appointment only to have the salon closed for the day, the restaurant lose their dinner reservation, and to top things off it hailed during their ceremony forcing them to cancel their outdoor ceremony plans. And yet, I watched as this couple took every disappointment in stride and focus on the one thing that was important–getting hitched. This photo captures this wonderfully calm and collected bride taking a moment to breathe, smile, and prepare the last bits of beauty before saying her “I do’s.”