Chris and Christine got ready at the White Point Beach Resort and had their ceremony around the corner at her parents house. I loved every second of it. I didn’t plan on having a favourite this year. When I photograph weddings I don’t show up thinking “is this going to be the one?!”. There are things that I love about all of them. However, sometimes I come across a couple (or they come across me) and something about them makes me incredibly excited to show up and stalk them for an entire day.
I don’t know a whole lot about Chris and Christine but the thing I absolutely love about them (aside from Chris’s laugh) was that I didn’t have to create a moment out of thin air while photographing them. All I had to do was hold up my camera and Chris would say something stupid to make her laugh. Sometimes it felt like they forgot I was there which is awesome. I want to be forgotten about occasionally when I’m photographing you. I want you to realize that it’s your wedding day and that it’s about the two of you and nothing else matters including me. If I have any advice for a couple on their wedding day it’s to remember that. Take a moment every half hour and just look at the people around you, look at the person you’re about to marry and forget about everything else. You’ll want to remember how you felt at each moment and I guarantee that’s easier to do if you just stop and give your brain a second to take it all in. Your heart will thank you.
Another reason why I like these two so much? They’re dog lovers. They included this poem in their ceremony. Enjoy!
How Falling In Love Is Like Owning A Dog – Taylor Mali
First of all, it’s a big responsibility, especially in a city like New York. So think long and hard before deciding on love. On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security: when you’re walking down the street late at night and you have a leash on love ain’t no one going to mess with you. Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable. Who knows what love could do in its own defense?
On cold winter nights, love is warm. It lies between you and lives and breathes and makes funny noises. Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs. It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.
Love doesn’t like being left alone for long. But come home and love is always happy to see you. It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life, but you can never be mad at love for long.
Is love good all the time? No! No! Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.
Love makes messes. Love leaves you little surprises here and there. Love needs lots of cleaning up after. Sometimes you just want to get love fixed. Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper and swat love on the nose, not so much to cause pain, just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!
Sometimes love just wants to go out for a nice long walk. Because love loves exercise. It will run you around the block and leave you panting, breathless. Pull you in different directions at once, or wind itself around and around you until you’re all wound up and you cannot move.
But love makes you meet people wherever you go. People who have nothing in common but love stop and talk to each other on the street.
Throw things away and love will bring them back, again, and again, and again. But most of all, love needs love, lots of it. And in return, love loves you and never stops.