Taylor and I have known each other since the 7th grade, so when she told me she was getting married in a month, there was no doubt in my mind that I would be there, 10-hour drive to South Dakota notwithstanding. When she asked me if I would take photos, I was honored.
Well, I was honored and terrified. I had never shot a wedding before. But when your oldest and dearest friend is getting hitched to your newest and dearest friend, what else is there to do?
Zachary started to get impatient with me as I directed Taylor to start and stop, start and stop again. He couldn't wait to see his bride!
Everything about this wedding was intimate and unconventional. It was outside in December, to start. The immediate families of the bride and groom gathered in a gazebo on an island in Canyon Lake Park, along with a few close friends. The ceremony was short, the vows were traditional, and the love was palpable.
Taylor and Zachary both have beautifully photogenic families, and in the sweet spot of afternoon light my job did itself.
It wouldn't be proper documentation without a few good goofs.
While traditionally it's the bride who shows off her ring, Zachary was so excited to wear it that I had to get a photo that featured his.
I love happy endings, but I love happy beginnings even more.