In light of taking the train down to Jersey for my last wedding of the year, I found it appropriate to write about an experience that really helped shape my mindset of why I shoot weddings.
I was driving back home to Stowe from Grand Isle over the summer after shooting Melanie and Ryan's wedding. When I drive alone, especially in the evening, I like to try and self reflect - I don't do a very good job of it at any other time. I started thinking to myself, "why am I a photographer?" And, not only a photographer, but a wedding photographer.
I came to realize that there are a lot of wonderful things I get to experience as a wedding photog - a loving father giving away his daughter, a couple overcoming a fear of public speaking to profess their incredible love for one another, or even a bride putting away her stresses of planning the perfect day, only to realize what really matters. With all that, I found that I shoot weddings because love is real. Love is so real. Forget what anyone says about the nonexistence of soulmates, the stupidity of marriage, and the looming eventual divorce or struggle. Forget the hypocrites and the pessimists. Let yourself live in a fairytale. Love is real and I want to show that to the world.
Melanie and Ryan were two very special people. I knew that when I showed up to their rehearsal BBQ and they had family who traveled far and wide. On their wedding day, we were hit with a fast moving storm that brought high winds, torrential rain, and hail. Despite the weather, neither Melanie nor Ryan let it change the way they felt that day.
I have heard a lot of vowels in this industry and I typically don't relate to them, however, Melanie and Ryan moved me unlike any couple had ever done. They were heart-felt, original and quite funny. The rest of the evening was filled with laughter, funny stories, and small memories to make their day, them. I am grateful to have been able to witness Melanie and Ryan in their element, with their loving family.