As soon as I walked into Tara’s childhood home, on the sprawling Stanwood lot where she was about to marry Drew, my eye was drawn immediately to a collection of wedding photos assembled on an entryway shelf. I pulled one image in particular because it struck me how much it looked like Tara– she and this beauty could pass for twins. Tara’s mom chimed in as I placed it in our bride’s hands: “that’s my mother. She passed away while I was pregnant with Tara. I’ve always thought they look exactly alike.” I’m not crying you’re crying ok?
I was so struck at that moment by the honor of taking photos of the big life events. To create the next little chapter in this family history, take one more photo of a bride in her last moments of singledom, adding another link to the chain. It’s no small thing to be invited into someone’s private home and bear witness to their deepest emotions.
“We aren’t really trying to get our wedding featured in Brides Magazine” was one of the first things Tara mentioned to us and that is music to our dang ears. A beautiful venue and laid back couple means the emotions of the day can speak for themselves– and engaged couples, if you’re focusing on the important shit on your wedding day, your photos (and your wedding itself) are going to be so much more fun and meaningful. Do not worry about your dress getting dirty or the place settings being perfect or your makeup getting smudged. If you’re really living your wedding day, all those little details will fade to the background and you can focus on the things like crying with your sorority sisters and telling your dad how much you love him.
Weddings come and go SO DAMN FAST. Let us in the inner circle for all the good stuff and we’ll be yours forever. Tara and Drew, may all your days be as bomb as this one was.