Every wedding photographer has a list. Whether written down or memorized by repetition, we all have our own systems for making sure that we get all of the important shots. Start with a dress shot in the bridal suite when you first arrive. Shoot the rings during dinner. Make sure to get the grandparents in the shots with the family. Bride with her mother. Bride with her father. Add the groom and the rest of the family. Rinse and repeat.
What makes each wedding so precious are the moments that we cannot write down. The specific way that a groom will look at his bride to be. The face of a father seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time. A grandmother holding the hand of the young flower girl so excited for her turn. It is the moments we cannot prepare, we can only be ready and watching for when they appear in front of the lens, needing to be captured and frozen so that we may always remember the moment.
Michelle and Aaron’s wedding day was full of these moments. After an eight year courtship it seemed at though everyone present couldn’t wait for the moment when they would walk back down the aisle as husband and wife. Aaron met Michelle during her freshman year of high school. A senior at the time, her parents figured this older guy would graduate and move on. But it never happened. I have never a seen two families so excited to finally be joined as one. Enjoy!