It’s funny sometimes, being a wedding photographer. You would think after hearing the “I do’s” as often as we do, the process would become normal. For me? Not so much. Every wedding I attend whether as a guest, or photographer, I always get choked up. Okay, let’s be real. I cry. Every. time. And the weddings of those I know, well, those bring extra tears. Tears of joy, tears of happiness, tears of true love. Even more than all that, tears that these people trust me as a friend, photographer, and in THIS case — fellow photographer — to capture their special day.
A little back story before sharing the photos. I met Cliff as he himself is also a photographer. Though he specializes in Nature photography, we still became friends as he helped work at the studio I also photographed for. This studio is a very big name here on Long Island, and one day, he had the opportunity to second shoot a job for them. And what happens on the one and only wedding he photographs? He meets the woman he ends up marrying. At that wedding, Cliff met Sarah, and the rest of the story was written from there. Photography created a friendship. Photography created a relationship. And photography, helped, create love.
I always feel extra pressured when I am working for another photographer. As if the bar of expectation is raised that much higher. But Cliff and Sarah were nothing but amazing through their entire wedding day. And although Mother Nature may have not behaved as well as we would have hoped, both Cliff and Sarah, being nature lovers that they are, embraced the day and filled it with their love. And that love was captured clearly through the lens.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for entrusting me to capture your special day. It was a truly beautiful ceremony, a wonderful party, and a great time had by all. But what made that party so special was you two — Cliff and Sarah — and your love. Congratulations, and I wish you all the best!
(And P.S., Sarah, if you want babies… maybe send Cliff out to photograph a newborn! Seems his photography days bring you extra good luck!)