Catherine’s wedding dress was zipped. Her shoes on. And the veil in place. She turned around to show her mom how she looked. Ann, teary-eyed, reached for Catherine’s face. A bridesmaid held the veil, snipping off a couple long threads. I pointed the camera up through it towards them. Click.
At almost every wedding I’ve shot, there is a point where a parent of the bride or groom stops and gives their child this look. Usually it’s the bride’s mother. Full disclosure, I’m not a mom and never will be for obvious reasons, but I can’t deny the significance of her look.
There seems to be so much wrapped up in that moment: joy, pride, happiness, thoughts of her own wedding, surprise that this day is already here. It’s a flood of emotions that flash across the face. I think it is one of the most special moments of the whole day. Because it is a deeply personal, human connection. And that’s what we’re drawn to.
When the bride and groom choose images for album, this one is always included. And when they talk about images it’s these, not the flowers, food, or ceremony shots. It’s the quiet moments where we know how much we mean to each other.
And so, after a long hug and a few words they parted. Catherine went to find her clutch and Ann to finish getting ready. But this moment they get to keep and can go back to.
That’s what I’m here for.