Kaitlin and Brad held their ceremony at St. Jane Frances de Chantal and wedding photos at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.
If photographing weddings during a pandemic has taught me anything, it is that attitude and perspective are everything. Every couple I have worked with since March has had to redesign and readjust their wedding day to meet the safety protocols of the day. To be honest, it is taxing. It is easy to get disappointed as your initial expectations for your wedding day change. However, at the core of the day is the key ingredient that is so pure and sacred that no circumstance can change it.
With love at the epicenter of the day, all other details really become insignificant in comparison. With love as the reason we gather together, all other expectations dissolve into the background. With love as the focus of the day, it becomes a common denominator that we all understand, appreciate, and reflect on. In short, the pandemic may change the number of guests, the amount of dancing, and some other details of the day, but it doesn’t shake, rather only fortifies, the whole point of a wedding: the love and commitment to one another.
A few weeks ago, Becky and I photographed the wedding of Brad and Kaitlin. For some reason, I felt more nervous on their wedding day than they did. The first hour or two of shooting, I was nervous for them that the changes they made to host their wedding day would be a damper on their day. My nerves slowly began to ease as Brad was in a relaxed mood as he got ready. This isn’t out of the ordinary for most grooms to be relaxed and a bit reserved on the morning of their wedding day. However, my worries were completely erased while working with Kaitlin as she put on the finishing touches to be a bride. She was so radiantly beautiful and calmly excited to get married, I couldn’t help but to appreciate and reflect on her demeanor. By the time I arrived at the ceremony, I was in the same space: excited and honored to be a part of a beautiful display of love and commitment. That love and commitment was so evident when it came to photograph just Brad and Kaitlin. Their photos are some of my favorite of the year.