Zach and Mindy are one of the many couples who have faced so many challenges in planning their dream wedding amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They decided to hold to their original date and scale down. They traded their big tent reception with dancing, to a small, intimate family dinner. Mindy did her own makeup. There were so many changes for them. But the incredible thing was you could never tell there were any disappointments in the planning process when you were with them. They were so joyful and they just rolled with the punches – even when 15 minutes before their ceremony the skies opened up into a downpour and didn’t stop until evening. They moved their ceremony from in front of the falls to under a tight porch space and smiled through the whole thing. I couldn’t have been more proud of the way they handled the day and how they chose to not let a single thing hold them back from loving every minute.
Right before I left, we ventured down to the falls in the rain to grab a few portraits. And even though we all got really wet, it was totally worth it.
Zach and Mindy, if you guys can go through all you did to get to your wedding day, have a rain storm during your ceremony, and being soaking wet for your portraits, all while smiling and laughing through it… you have what it takes to make it through life together forever. Hold onto that. It was an absolute joy working with you. I wish you all the best!
Sean and Lauren invited me to photograph their small, intimate wedding at Letchworth State Park. I was only there for the first look through the speeches, but it was so apparent that their love for one another was authentic. Their friends and family cried throughout the vows that they sweetly wrote themselves. Sean looks at Lauren like she is the most beautiful treasure he has seen and Lauren’s gaze at Sean as she walked down the aisle was so sweet. These two could not have been more joyful and excited to marry one another and it showed.
Sean and Lauren, I wish you the best and I know you will treasure and love one another for a lifetime. Congratulations!
I only spent three hours with Steven and Naomi on Saturday documenting their wedding, but it was more than enough time to see just how in love with one another they are. There was excitement and anticipation all over their faces and yet they were full of peace and there was a strong calmness at the same time.
Steven and Naomi chose to wed at Lamplighter Ministries in Mt. Morris, NY. The 1853 gothic-style church was beautiful – rows of bookshelves lined the walls of the sanctuary holding hundreds of books. Their music was beautifully played by a 5 piece brass band. At one moment during the ceremony, the bride and groom worshipped while singing an old hymn and I snuck right in front to grab what turned out to be my favorite photo of the day. Such a picture of what this couple holds most dear – their faith in God. It was truly an honor to be in that space with them as they made their vows to one another.
Steven and Naomi, thank you for inviting me along to celebrate with you and for the honor of documenting this sacred event in your life. May your marriage be blessed and be full of joy as you walk through life together as one.