She was nervous. I’ve seen quite a few brides on their wedding day so I could tell immediately. She was anxious about all the people being there, she was taking deep breaths and trying to get some food down…. but Erica couldn’t wait to marry Andrew, that I knew for sure. When she would talk about him suddenly her shoulders would relax, her eyes would smile, and a calm would seem to pass over her face. It was like nerves was the ailment and Andrew was the cure.
The day was filled with simple, authentic, overwhelming love. Erica and Andrew were surrounded by people who love them, who respect them, who were so honored to be a part of their day. It was obvious by the people there that Andrew and Erica have something very special that is worth marveling at.
And by the end of the night all nerves were gone and Erica looked blissfully happy as she hopped in her car filled with glow sticks and headed off with her husband and the love of her life.
This wedding was particularly special for me also because it’s the first wedding I’ve photographed with my dad. Any artistic ability I have I got from my mom and dad, my dad has a great eye and it was just nice to have him there and to share with him what I do and what I love. I think he was a little surprised at how much work it is, he repeatedly said “I have a new respect for what you do” which is a wonderful compliment because I’ve always had a great respect for him and how hard he works. He snapped a photo of me while I was analyzing the light at the ceremony site… I look très serious. And I snapped one of him too, of course.