Whenever I meet someone in a professional capacity, I like to ask them how they got their start in their given profession, and what made them choose to do that. Every person’s story is unique, and I love to hear them!
My beginnings in shooting weddings came about a bit unexpectedly. One of my life-long friends was getting married, and I was invited to her wedding, which was to take place in Upstate NY in January. Three days before she was to be married, I got a text that said something along the lines of, “hey, can you take pictures of my wedding?”
CUE the stress! ALLLLL of it!
I said yes, and gave her a call to find out more about what her vision was of her big day. Luckily for me, she already had a second shooter lined up, who I had known for a few years. Together, we came up with a plan of how we were going to approach the day, as it was both of our first times shooting a wedding. On the day of, I arrived at the farmhouse where the beautiful bride and her bridal party were getting ready, and found out that one of the bridesmaids had HAND MADE the brides gown! How amazing is that?!
Once everyone was ready for the most part, the entourage moved over to the church where the wedding was to take place. Just before the ceremony, the families and wedding party all shared in a time of prayer.
Just LOOK at how radiant the bride is!
Half of the ceremony was held inside the church, and the second half was held outside, which is no small feat for a winter wedding in New York! The entire wedding party had such warm smiles and laughter despite the chill, and had a blast celebrating these two!
Next, we headed to a farm down the road where we had all spent some solid time growing up playing in the mud for the wedding pictures.
After everyone’s nose and toes were frozen, we headed to the reception where everyone celebrated Mr. and Mrs. Shibley, and wished them a happily ever after. If the way they look at each other doesn’t melt your heart, I don’t know what will!
It was hard work, and looking back on it now, I realize just how far I’ve come with photography. I’ve learned in leaps and bounds, but this was the wedding where I fell in love with shooting weddings.
January 21, 2019