I have yet to photograph a wedding where I don't tear up behind the camera.
Witnessing some of the sweetest, most sacred moments of people's stories isn't something I take lightly. I feel every second of it deep inside.
The moment dad catches a glimpse of his little girl dressed in white for the first time. The moment your brother shares the most embarrassing moments from childhood that bring everyone to side stitches. The moment you and your partner lock eyes at the end of the aisle and realize we just did it: we got married!
I could list 100 moments that get me every time ...
but I am so grateful for the reality captured in these photos, for the reminder of who we were then.
We went through a lot to get to our wedding day, COVID, forest fires, loss of loved ones, cancelled venues, inviting and uninviting our guest list, and so much more - and we have gone through far more since then.
Our wedding photos transport me straight back to that version of myself.
Leaning into my mom extra tight, having just lost her mom a few days before.
Getting ready with Stephen, joking about "keeping our shit together".
Breaking down in tears as my parents surprised us with a personalized song written by the artist I listened to on the way to school every morning with my dad.
The moments frozen in time thanks to our photographer. They told our story. It wasn't perfect, it was nothing like we expected, but they documented it honestly and that's the greatest gift I could have asked for.
My husband worked in restaurants for 12 years - good food is what we plan our vacations, daily adventures, and where we live around. We spent 2 weeks in Mexico City last summer for a food tour; we waddled home many nights after incredible meals.
I have Google Maps of cities planned with restaurants, coffee shops and bars, all calling for adventure.
We've moved 7 times in our 7 years together - each new home brought new experiences and new communities - we have found our people in Colorado, Arizona and Texas. For now, we split our time between Arizona and Colorado but are eagerly planning our next adventure.