favorite photos {my wedding}

After hearing some amazingly talented photographers share their stories and their tips for success with us at WPPI I have been doing a ton of thinking. I have been thinking about what photos of my own mean the most to me and why.

If I could only have one photo or better yet one series of photos of my wedding day, it would most definitely be the images from my first look. Not only do they tell a story but they take me right back to how I felt in that moment and they make me cry every single time I see them.

Here is a little background: At first, I really did not want to do a first look on my wedding day. I had it in my mind that it would be more meaningful if he saw me for the first time I walked down the aisle. We got married on the beach and really wanted a sunset wedding and decided that was more important to us than having natural light left after our ceremony for all of our photos. So....we gave in and did a first look.

I could not be happier that we made that decision.

Nathan's face in these next four photos tell the story of what our entire wedding day was like for me.  He turned around to see his bride, the woman that he had chosen to spend the rest of his life with and was moved to the depth of his soul.

I have never felt more treasured or more beautiful in my life as I did in that moment. It was as if our lives before that moment didn't even exist. This moment was the beginning of a new life as one.

I will be forever grateful to our photographers Kim and Tracy. They both far exceeded any of our hopes for what wedding photos could be.

My only prayer is that I can somehow do the same thing for my brides and grooms.