My wife Peggy and I love wedding photography. We love the intimacy of the bride and groom. The bitter sweet emotions of the parents. The excitement of the bridal party. And the pre ceremony anticipation of friends and relatives. We love first looks (yes, we know that can be controversial!) because it's really the only moment during the day when the bride and groom have a few moments alone together. We love the father of the brides reaction when he sees his daughter for the first time and the mother of the groom when she sees her son is about to officially leave the nest. We absolutely adore the first kiss and the giddiness of the bride and groom as they walk up the isle, grinning from ear to ear, while feeling the somewhat awkwardness of their wedding rings for the first time. The first dance is special but what really shows us a coupes love for one another is later in the reception, after the bride and groom have once again connected on the dance floor. It's the way they look at each other after they've had a few hours to realize who they are now to one another. Husband and wife. We love being a wedding photographers.
"Matthew and Peggy, God truly has a hand in what you do. You both have wonderful talent and gifts. We can't thank you enough!" - Dianna, mother of bride
The image above is one of mine and Peggy's favorites from our wedding. It's not super glamorous but it represents our family so perfectly. Aiden on the left looking away seemingly in his own world as always. Nathan on the right has a typically mischievous look on his face. Peggy has the smile on her face I've loved since the day I met her. I'm sort of slightly ahead of the pack as if I'm leading us along the way. It's such a perfect glimpse into our perfectly imperfect world. It represents us to a "t". When I want to remember that day it's the image I look at. When we have a bad day it's the image I look at. It brings me joy and it brings me peace. I don't remember that exact moment from the day but I remember walking down the isle after the ceremony on cloud 9. Having this moment captured for us and knowing all it means to me is always on my mind when I'm photographing a wedding. I'm always looking around for these types of moments. The beautiful, unexpected quintessence of your day in an image from a moment you forgot even happened. That's what it's all about.
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