Do you photograph weddings? This question comes up again and again ... from others but also myself. Until recently it wasn't something I was interested in or something I thought fit my personal creative leanings towards quiet, intimate moments. But then my friend Rose McClarney, award-winning poet, asked if I would photograph her wedding, and my answer changed. I've known Rose for more than a decade, and in those years we've watched each other grow and flourish into the women we are today. Rose was not only familiar with my work but had appeared before my lens in the past for a portrait session. She wanted my eye, my perspective on her wedding day. How could I say no?
And so on a hot, sun-drenched June day, I joined Rose at her childhood home as she wed her longtime love and fellow poet Justin Gardiner. And now I understand what a privilege and honor it is to be tasked with commemorating such a significant day. There is an incredible intimacy to the role, as you must be everywhere and with everyone. You must be looking for the right light and setting but also magical, fleeting moments of the human heart ... amidst the bustling activity of a day filled with anticipation and promise, hundreds of details, and an itinerary that pauses for no one. There is magic, and it is the photographer's task to capture it like butterflies in a net.
Here I share just a few of my favorite moments from that beautiful day. I extend my sincerest congratulations and gratitude to Rose and Justin.
NOTE: Handmade gown made by Ship to Shore.