In honor of ten years, I’m excited to share my own wedding pictures! We were babies when we got married, about three weeks after we graduated from Furman. Arianna was starting med-school and I was a waiter – this was several years before I started taking pictures. Arianna gave B&W film to all of her friends and family who had decent cameras, and the church photographer did the formal pictures. There were some fun moments like my sister fainting, and Arianna’s sister meeting her future husband (their first dance together is the third picture from the bottom). Most important, though, it was the day that God joined us together – pretty amazing!
It’s funny, our pictures were not technically the greatest ever, but as I look through, I learned a ton from them that still affects the way I shoot today. I always have in mind the angles and pictures that we loved from our wedding when I am out shooting.
I had a realization at my brother’s wedding some 8 years after Arianna and I were married. I’m pretty much convinced that I married the most amazing girl in the world. She is fantastic and so good for me in countless ways! But seeing my brother and his bride, and their happiness, I realized that I am not the only one who can have the dream marriage. . .that Erica could be as perfect for him as Arianna is for me. My hope is the same for all of my couples. . .that their wedding could be the beginning of a journey as amazing as mine has been.
A couple of other thoughts. . .in addition to doctoring, Arianna does a big chunk of shooting, editing, and planning for Unplugged Photography. She can’t be at every wedding because of her schedule in the E.R., but she has turned into a downright fantastic photographer, and she does look through and edit parts of everything we shoot. I’m pretty terrible about getting the blog updated, so she’s taking over that task – so hopefully we’ll have some great previews on the blog every week for the coming months of wedding season!