The more we photograph weddings, the more we realize that a wedding day is not about all the little details. It’s not all about the dress, the flowers, the baubles, what colours you decorate with, and how the place settings looked. Sometimes, wedding blogs will have brides thinking differently and it’s almost this pressure to pull off the perfectly planned and decorated wedding. Don’t get us wrong–we like those little details (I swoon for lovely flowers, clever decor, and fun dessert bars) and we love it when we see a couple’s personality shining out through the details–when those details are personal & meaningful.
As I pulled a selection of photographs from Jaclyn & Chris’ day for this blog post, I noticed two things.
One: Jaclyn has got an amazing eye for design. She created a wedding that was incredibly lovely, romantic & personal. Everything she chose from the decor to the bridal party fashion created a feel that was casual, romantic, airy & summery. It was gorgeously brought together & there are so many more incredible details that we haven’t shown in this post. Because, we think stories aren’t only about vases, shoes, & flowers, but about people.
Two: More beautiful than all of the impeccable decor was Jaclyn & Chris’ love and all of the love that surrounded them both. Two high school sweethearts with ups and downs and over a decade together and then, they got married. Their joy was overflowing.
The wind was blowing that day. As they exchanged their vows, the wind threatened to blow away the entire ceremony, but it didn’t. I saw the wind as a broader metaphor for marriage–how it’s not always quiet and easy and how your hair doesn’t always perfectly stay in place. Sometimes, it can feel like you’re about to be blown off course. But we think Jaclyn & Chris will be able to handle it just fine–the storms, the wind & all the good times too–because together, they’ve already been through a lot and grown through it all. We can tell they’re strong together.
Here’s their story.
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