Meghan and Nick's ceremony at St. Martin de Tours Church in St. Martinsville, Louisiana, stunned me. The church itself is incredible, and seeing Meghan and Nick together during the ceremony and throughout the day was beyond heartwarming. They beam. They glow. Sometimes literally, just like in the picture above! For the reception, we made our way across the street to Maison de Tours for dinner, dancing, and cake.
Sometimes when people find out I'm a wedding photographer, they'll make a remark similar to "Oh, I bet that gets old--weddings are all the same." And you know what? They are all the same. Two people (who are in love) planned an event to bring (their favorite) people together (for one day) to celebrate their (passionate) love and the joining of their lives (forever). In that way, yep. Weddings are pretty much all the same. But that sameness is exactly what makes every. wedding. so. different. Every love looks and acts differently. Each couple chooses to celebrate in their own way. No group of guests expresses themselves like another.
A wedding day is one of the most emotional, high-energy, and thought-out days of a bride or groom's life. Living in the midst of that energy and potential never gets old. Searching for the similarities and differences among people, couples, weddings, events, etc etc etc (the list is endless for me), keeps it new. I am always navigating, forever seeking that piece of a moment that will last forever and show: this is us.
When you're looking through my very favorite wedding images from last year, I hope you see the similarities and the vast differences among these couples. I hope you feel their anxious energy, laugh and cry with them, allow their joy to propel you, and imagine yourself in their shoes.
There are so many emotions I'd like to express to the couples who have let me into their lives to experience their intimate moments. The best way I know how is to simply say "thank you," and let the photographs below show you.
Megan and Mike's Naches wedding at American Homestead was just a dream. Megan grew up in Yakima, Washington, while Mike hails from Alabama. (He and I worked at The Crimson White, The University of Alabama's student-run newspaper, together back in college—roll tide!) Guests from Washington, Alabama, and elsewhere celebrated together in Mike's second home-away-from-home. What a night!