Two years ago I was photographing the 2nd hottest wedding I've ever been to, to date (The hottest was a month later in #lakegeneva
. We won't talk about where the sweat was that day...) At 7 months pregnant I had to peel my dress off that night, followed by the coldest shower of my life. But honestly, when I look back on this day that's the last thing on my mind. As you can see, 10 hours of shooting was jam-packed with a full day of pure celebration. Rob + Jordyn aren't just great friends of ours, they're also one of the greatest couples I have EVER photographed. Why? Their goals that day was simply: have the best day ever.
And yes, it's possible to do, even during a pandemic. Whether you'll have 5 guests or 500, remember, this day is all about YOU two. I get it that other people will have requests, and thoughts and ideas to pass your way, but they won't be the ones paging through your wedding album year after year. (Bless you Aunt Gina, but I was not going to wear a stark white gown.) They won't be the one watching the video, reliving the moments when you walk past a photo hanging on your wall or as you watch other first dances at the weddings for years to come. So even now, when you have to face cutting down that guest list, or changing your venue, or pushing back your date, just pause for a moment, close your eyes, and think about who you actually see surrounding you as your exchange vows, post for pictures, do your first dance and watch the sun set on your first day as spouses.
When you open your eyes, write it all down.
Who did you see?
Who didn't you think twice about?
What did it look like around you?
Maybe the location changed, or the decor, or the guest list, or every single part of what you have planned so far.
Weddings in 2020 may not be what you had in mind in 2019, but don't let that make you think for one second it will no longer be the best day of your life! Having the best day of your life has always been and will always be up to the couple to feel that way.
But pro tip: If you want to look back at memories like these, promise to just have fun, embrace the sunset, oh, and don't forget to include a photographer in your guest list.