I’m a strong believer that pictures should stand on their own, but in cases such as this some words are worth sharing. Just before Kelly was about to walk down the aisle, she got a visit from a dragonfly. While you can’t see the dragonfly here, what you can see is Kelly’s face when she saw her oldest brother. Tyler passed away a few years ago, and his family believes he shows up in the form of a dragonfly. Knowing this, as a surprise to Kelly they put a little silver dragonfly on her bouquet so she would have Tyler with her. But then, as I mentioned, he showed up all on his own, and circled her over and over until she finally started the procession.
In the morning after Jody was in her wedding dress, I went outside where Greg and Tristan had just arrived to say hello. I said to Greg that Jody was looking beautiful. Without any hesitation, hands in the air and a huge smile on his face he replies, “Jody is so beautiful on the inside and out, she’s my gift!!!”. Come their receiving line, each and every guest that went through (almost all with tears and giant hugs) got a glowing compliment from Greg and Jody about how wonderful they were and how beautiful they looked. If everyone treated their partners, friends, family and life the way Greg and Jody do we’d be one very lucky planet. And we are so lucky just to have these two on it in the first place.
A few favourite images from Craig and Sara’s intimate beach wedding at the historic Moana Surfrider on Waikiki beach.
Carrying on the theme of quaint country weddings was my wonderful friend Deb and her husband Sam, who held their second wedding at Raystown Resort in Pennsylvania this summer. Their first wedding was even smaller, in a tiny chapel two years ago where Deb’s dad got to walk her down the isle. Tristan and I were photographing another wedding on the day of their first, so we had really been looking forward to their second celebration.
There is nothing quite like photographing your best friends wedding.
I loved being able to be with Deb throughout the important moments of the day, moments that as a bridesmaid you sometimes aren’t even apart of. Because of that I will always remember this wedding so fondly. These are the kind of days that remind you of why you became a photographer in the first place.. to capture what’s at the heart of your loved ones. ~Jenna
Every now and then when Tristan and I have a weekend off, we get to work with our friends! Earlier this year I went along with Christina Craft on her birthday to help (not that she needed any) photograph Lily & Mark’s wedding in Vancouver. Having never met them, I was grateful to spend the day with such wonderful people! They were incredibly endearing and personable. The reception was especially fun due to the high energy in the room and the fact that I got to spend the night with my great friend! I’m so glad Christina brought me along. To read more about the couple and see Christina’s favourites from the day, head over to the Funkytown Blog.