I become friends with most of the couples I photograph. It just makes sense. You have unusual levels of bonding when you are working with people in stressful situations. As great as weddings are...it's no surprise to anyone, they can be stressful.
Anna and Dave are a couple I want to hang out with, like, everyday.
I've known Dave and his family for years but Anna was a complete surprise. I met her the day I shot their engagements and after 2hrs of first meeting was telling her I loved her. I wanted to cook food, watch reality TV and lay on my bed and cry with her about boys and cellulite. I fell in love.
I guess Dave did too.
Dave sang the most beautiful Josh Radin song to her at the reception;
"I could have saved so much time for us Had I seen the way to get to where I am today You waited on me for so long So now, listen to me say:
I need to be bold Need to jump in the cold water Need to grow older with a girl like you Finally see you are naturally The one to make it so easy When you show me the truth Yeah, I'd rather be with you Say you want the same thing too Say you feel the way I do"
It can be quite the journey finding the one you want to work at spending your life with. I feel like once you have you should be entitled to massages and poolside pina coladas for the rest of your life.
I found myself teary eyed trying to photograph that moment. I felt him. I felt her. I know those feelings. I've lived through those feelings.
Thanks for having me out for such an inspiring and touching day. Although I didn't know it at the time, it was the first wedding I had shot as a Mom!
Under that blanket of amazing wide open Utah sky..June 4th 2010 became unforgettable.