I live for smoochie photos. Throughout the course of the day, I tend to heckle my bride and groom. I actually heckle everyone, so teasing is just part of what I do. Do not hire me as your photographer if you do not want to play on your wedding day. For this particular father-daughter duo there was a special kiss for the father of the bride.
On that note, some of my favorite shots to get during a wedding day are kissie shots between family members. I understand how that can sound weird, but bear with me. I love pecks on the cheeks. There are very few moments in life where professional photos are a part of the day and I figure if you can’t laugh and show affection on a wedding day, when the heck can you? I also realize that this is not especially a traditional thing that comes natural in most family dynamics, hence a little heckling and encouragement from the photographer. I may get hesitancy and eyerolls, but there are always smiles and moments of joy. There’s nothing better than getting a thank you note from an appreciative bride and groom for a day filled with moments they can treasure and put on their mantle.
You may now kiss the bride. These are the words and the most anticipated moment of the day. The kiss is what seals the contract. It’s what makes the vows real and final. I love kissing. I love kissing and being kissed, and I love being a part of someone’s special day where the highlight is that magic kiss.
This bride and groom tied the knot on a winter day where the bitter cold is not reflected in the photo and hidden from the lens. Nevertheless, they were game for playing in the field and sneaking away for a few private “bride & groom” moments during sunset. Sunset was happening a little faster than I had anticipated and although I had a specific shot I wanted to get closer to the barn, we were losing the light and were not going to get there fast enough. With not a moment to lose, I stopped them dead in their tracks and said, “We’re doing it here.” Not a moment too soon, with seconds left in the sunset the smooch was on. Yes, you may now kiss the bride!
The one thing I love about elopements is that they tend to not be tied to the typical wedding season but happen all year long. For me, wedding season is all the time! Almost any day is a good day to say “I love you” to the one you want to be with, not just a Saturday in June. The couple that these rings belong to I believe got married on a Tuesday in September, just the two of them. It was beautiful.
This blond beauty was nothing but pleasant as she battled the wind and the chilly Colorado fall in order to cross the bridge to meet her groom and say “I do.” However, she completely surprised me as she shed her pink spikey shoes in order to be able to hike down to the waterfall for their photos and to play as the last bits of sunset disappeared. Not one complaint came from this barefoot bride, and as we were finishing up and could take the cold and the wind no longer, her groom swept her up for one last moment of just the two of them by the lake. This private moment between them is one of my favorites.