Melanie and Nick’s wedding day started off an any other—for the most part. Each were finishing to get ready while others scrambled to make last minute preparations for the day. If there were any worries, stress, or concerns that Melanie or Nick had, they weren’t letting on. Each seemed calm, cool and extremely relaxed. I didn’t sense any apprehension or anxiety about either of their lives changing drastically from this day forward.
The calmness and sureness was most evident when Nick came to Melanie’s getting-ready room for a pre-ceremony no peek first look. They held hands around a closet door and Nick led the two in a beautiful, heartfelt prayer.
I always have mixed feelings about witnessing these kinds of private, intimate moments. On one had, I am delighted that I am the photographer who gets to capture this moment for the couple. I get to preserve this exact second in an image that the two will be able to reflect back on forever to relive their feelings, thoughts, and emotions. I create a tangible tool to help them do that.
On the other hand, I feel intrusive looking at such a special moment. I feel like I should not have the privilege to see such intimacy between two loving people—that this should be something that only they experience. Sometimes, I have to actually force myself to keep shooting through the moment and not allow myself to walk away.
Another very special moment is when a daughter allows her father the first look on her wedding day. This is such a huge token of love and gratitude to me. In essence she is saying, “Before all others, I want you to see me. I love you.”
This is certainly not a warm and fuzzy moment, but as equally meaningful. The groom’s closest friends offer one last toast before he waits for this bride to walk down the aisle.
The ring exchange is always an impactful moment!
Can you just feel the love that Nick has for Melanie in this image? Look how he adores Melanie with his eyes. I bet she is lost right now.
And finally, the two are one and find cause for celebration!
Firefly Farm Hill Country Wedding
Enjoy some of my favorite images from Melanie and Nick’s hill country wedding then be sure to watch the slideshow at the end!
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I am an internationally-awarded and WPPI-C certified professional wedding and senior photographer based in South Texas near San Antonio. I pride my business in offering a premier and personal service coupled with an unforgettable photography experience. I cater to clients who appreciate quality photography and help them to create family heirlooms that will last for generations. As a full-time professional photographer, my sole purpose is to provide amazing, memorable and full-service photography.
I started Ata-Girl Photography Co., LLC in 2010. I firmly believe that the unique set of circumstances I have faced in life has prepared me to take a personal and genuine interest in my photography clients. I enjoy documenting the important milestones and captivating moments in people’s lives. I love being a part of people’s journey and consider myself privileged to document their legacies.
When I’m not photographing a wedding, family or high school senior, I love to spend my spare time hiking, camping, cycling, reading, listening to Elvis and Prince. The most important things in life are for me to see my two daughters happy and to create a family history my grandparents would be proud of!
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