The last time I was asked to be a bridesmaid was before this wedding photography business was even thought of... It was about 7 years ago when my childhood best friend asked me to be her bridesmaid. I don't think I was ever more excited about anything up to that point! It was an absolute honor, because, lets face it, we were planning our weddings with barbies and all kinds of stuff since we were little girls. It was such a wonderful experience to be a part of and I can't thank her enough for asking me to travel down to South Carolina to not only witness their wedding, but to stand up at the alter with the two of them. I loved every second of it! I loved it so much that THIS business exists because of their wedding. It was at their wedding that I noticed what the photographer was doing and thought to myself THAT is what I want to do! I am a hopeless romantic at heart, and the thought of capturing love every weekend was probably the BEST job I could ever dream of! So, Tara and Jack, as you celebrate 6 years of marriage next month, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for asking me to be a part of your wedding - because without you, I wouldn't be where I am today.
A few weeks ago, on the rare Saturday that Ryan and I weren't shooting a wedding, we were invited to a get-together at my brother Gary and his fiancé Emily's house! They invited all of their very close friends to celebrate the beginning of the wedding planning process!! It was that night, that she handed me this adorable wooden box...
I was completely honored when Emily asked me to be one of her bridesmaids! And how cute was the poem and the items inside? This girl totally knows the way to my heart!! Over the past year and a half of getting to know her, taking photos of them during their three month anniversary at the Baltimore Aquarium and then again during their year anniversary when Gary proposed in Mexico, its been a whirlwind of love that I've gotten to witness between these two - and I can't believe I've gotten to capture such amazing moments! Now, its time to put the camera away (some of the time) and really enjoy this process with her and the other bridesmaids! And who knows, maybe another brilliant idea will form from being a part of their day?! Throughout the next year, I will be documenting parts of their journey towards the wedding day and the parts that I get to be a part of! I am so incredibly excited to watch them take this next step in their relationship and watch their love grow!!
To be honest, the one part that I will not be documenting - probably the most important part - is their wedding day. Since I was asked to be a bridesmaid, I am so excited to enjoy the day with them, rather than capture it. So, as our gift to the couple, we've hired the amazingly talented Tina from Tina Jay Photography to capture those moments for them on that crazy awesome day! I can't wait to see everything that she captures and hopefully feature it on here as well! <3
On a side note, yes, Ryan was asked to be a groomsman too! I'm so excited for us to get all dressed up and dance the night away at my brothers wedding!! Here is how Gary asked him to be a groomsman..
Of course I also can't wait to get to know all of Emily's other bridesmaids! Just from our brief meetings over the past year, each of them seems amazing, and I can't wait for us to spoil the crap out of our bride to be!! It is going to be fabulous!!
So, one year from tomorrow, on April 18th, 2015, my brother and his fiancé will become husband and wife with a ceremony at St. Agnes Church and reception at Running Deer Golf Club. I can not wait! It is going to be the best wedding of the year! (and I can say that since its my brother! haha!)
Cant wait to post updates on all the fun things that will be happening when this wedding photographer turns into a bridesmaid!!