Being the oldest girl in my family, and only having two older brothers, we haven't really had a wedding in the family that I've been able to be a part of. So second shooting weddings this past year, I've been able to witness more than I had been in my 19 years before that.
And so far, I think that this one might have been my absolute favorite wedding day to be there for. Not only because Brett and Ruth were the first to ask me to shoot their wedding on my own (ahhhh!), but because they were so them, all day long. They didn't want the day to be all posed and picture perfect. They wanted me to capture what was already there; the magic that is a wedding day, without the photographer running the WHOLE show. And you guys. I LOVED it!
Ruth and Katy (whose wedding I second shot in August) are my cousins, Ruth being a few years older than me. So while I spent tons of time at her house and with her family growing up, I didn't really know her all that well. So this was so much fun for me. I thoroughly enjoyed talking and planning before the big day, and then being there with everyone? Wedding days are so much fun, and so special as is, but when it's a family you've known forever and a home you spent so much time in growing up? I loved it.
After taking detail pictures outside, I came inside to this. Wedding day mornings make my heart so happy.
(For those of you who aren't black and white fans...sorry! I tried picking out color pictures for the blog, but I just LOVE black and white for indoor photos!)
This part of the day is always fun. The bridesmaids/sisters/PA's had written a song to sing at the bachelorette party the night before, and then they sung it again in the morning for the family. I always love listening to these; the personal story that gets set to the tune of a well known song. Ruth had to do some storytelling after the song was over, about her and Brett and their relationship, as not everyone knew what some of the lines of the song were referring to. And it was at this point in the day, that I decided I LOVED that Brett's mom and sisters were there. Because some of the stories, they had likely never heard before. And they got to see a side of their son and brother through the eyes of his new bride.
Out the door to meet the groom.
And then back inside for lunch before bridal party and family pictures. I love catching the groom playing with the ring.
As I was going through and editing, I almost deleted this picture. The mix of natural and artificial light made the colors all weird, and there was so much going on, and it just didn't look artsy. But then I paused and looked at it again. And decided that no, I actually LOVE this. Because maybe it isn't artsy or perfect, but it is SO real. I've been in this kitchen countless times in the past 20 years, and this picture is so this kitchen. And I'm sure everyone with a big family understands. There's people standing up eating in the background because the table doesn't fit everyone. There's a young mom checking her baby's diaper off to the side, and another mom in the back, helping her daughter adjust her necklace. This kitchen is full of LIFE. The way it always has been, and the way it was meant to be.
Thank you, so much, Brett and Ruth for allowing me to be a part of your day and for taking the chance with me. I so enjoyed spending the day with you, and witnessing all of your love and happiness! I wish you both a lifetime of nothing but the best!