This winter I attended my 100th (or so) wedding, but my first ever as a bridesmaid.
Every year I show up to dozens of weddings as a photographer. I arrive as the bride and her friends get ready, and I awe over the dress and details and laughs. I'm focused on every moment during the ceremony, every expression, every unexpected moment. I'm there for the intimate photos, touching speeches, and crazy dancing. I'm there for all of it.
Or so I thought.
I know a lot goes into planning a wedding. I know there are hours spent before the big day, prepping and planning, and often hours spent after the day, cleaning and regrouping. I know there's a lot more to it than I see. But I didn't really know.
Now I know. I know the hours you spend on the phone with your friends, discussing details that truly matter. And that if one detail changes, it can create a waterfall of other changes. I know the bachelorette is a beautiful project in itself, and you'll spend more time with your friends than you have in years, united in a common goal. I know dress choosings, and fittings, and refittings take time. I know hours go into coordinating travel plans, and lodging, and meals, and driving, and delivering, all before the actual day.
I now know that as a day-of photographer, there are incredible moments I'm not normally a part of. Like the day before the wedding, when everyone you love descends on the scene in a huge ball of love and excitement. The night before the ceremony, when everything finally falls into place. The 5:30 a.m. wake up time to ensure hair and makeup and photos can all be completed before the ceremony, and before the sun sets at 3:00 p.m.
I now know that many of you celebrate for days after the wedding - you celebrate skiing, and snowshoeing, and hot tubbing. You celebrate on New Year's Eve, and keep everyone together as long as possible. I know that some of the most touching moments won't be captured by my camera, and that may make them even more special.
I was so touched to be a part of Dave and Sara's wedding at the Fairmont Banff Springs. I was excited to attend a wedding as a guest, and not a photographer - although it was hard sometimes! Their gorgeous centerpieces, cake, and details had my inner-photographer frothing at the mouth (luckily, Dave and Sara hired Diane and Mike as their wedding photographers! I love these two, and they did an incredible job.)
To Sara and Dave, I am so in love with you, and your families, and your life. Thank you for making your week about all of the good things.
Mad respect to all the brides, grooms, bridal parties, parents of couples, and people that go into making a wedding! Here's to spreadsheets and warm feet, dresses and stresses, draught beers and many years. I feel you.
Midnight program sorting
6 a.m. jaw massage, courtesy of the maid-of-honour. Much-needed coffee, courtesy of the FOB
New Year's Eve with people I rarely get to see