I had the honor of photographing a dear friends wedding day. Over the past several years she and I had the opportunity to work together on several projects. She had taken a moment to tell a little about her experience being a bride, I just wanted to share that with you. I included some of the images of moments she had mentioned in her letter. I hope you enjoy her experience as much as I have. I will post more images and my thoughts about her beautiful day.
Letter from a Bride-
Six months of planning, thinking and dreaming of my wedding all came to life on Saturday, June 30th. The morning flew by, full of breakfast chatter with my mom, cups of coffee with my best friend and hair appointments (and LOTS of hair spray!). The next thing I knew, it was time to put on my dress. In my head, I thought I would be a trooper once I put on my dress — full of smiles and laughter. Something changed the moment I put on my gorgeous dress (that I want to wear again!) and my mom and sister-in-law helped tie my dress up. I was flooded with emotion — all happy — and the next thing I knew, tears began to pour (on my freshly completed makeup, mind you!). A few moments later, I realized I was crying and I attempted to stop — I did not want my makeup to be ruined before the ceremony! These moments came several time during pictures (sorry, Eric!).
To be honest, the rest of the day is a bit of a blur. I can vividly remember certain moments in the day, such as standing with my brother before the ceremony started, chatting and laughing, as well as my first dance with my now husband. I remember bits and pieces of the reception but it feels like it completely whizzed by. My day was absolutely magical — I married my best friend and we were able to celebrate with our closest family and friends (on the hottest day on record in Georgia, mind you!). I wouldn’t change a single thing about the day…except the temperature. I wish I could remember all of my day. But there are so many people coming up to you and you’re flooded with emotions, you don’t stand a chance trying to remember it all. That’s where Eric comes in to play…
I received an email from Eric this morning, letting me know my pictures were up and ready for me to view. I couldn’t wait to see them! I, again, thought I would be a trooper when I saw the pictures — full of smiles and laughter. I should know by now that I am not a trooper and I am, in fact, a crying mess. I saw the first picture and tears came flooding (again). Maybe I should consider buying stock in Puffs. In some magical way, Eric captured every emotion that I felt on my wedding day in these amazing pictures. There are photographs of my friends and family enjoying my day and things I didn’t get to see (like my centerpieces!).
He captured memories that I can remember vividly, the ones that are blurry and the ones I had no idea even happened — he captured our amazing day in his photographs. He captured my brother and I having an intimate conversation. He caught a moment with me and my mom that words can’t describe what that moment felt like and what it means to us. Eric captured my husband’s first view of me walking down the aisle (and I took away his breath, I might add!). Because of these amazing photographs, I can relive my beautiful wedding day over and over again. They always say that a song can bring back memories but these pictures bring back more than memories — they bring joy, love, happiness and tears (and so much more!) to this former bride.
My best advice to any current or future brides — make sure you have a photographer who can capture your memories so you can relive them every single day.
Jaime (Murray) Arnall