Jaycie and I had talked about a timeline a month before her big day and then the week of her wedding she decided she didn’t want a first look anymore. Without hestitation I wrote her up a new timeline and sent it along and let her know I was there to support her in her decision even if she wanted to change her mind again. She went back and forth a few times on whether or not to have a first look. I later found out that she was very traditional and had waited for CJ and just wanted to have that moment where he saw her for the first time walking down the aisle. I’m sharing this because I’m thankful that Jaycie ended up finally expressing how she wanted her wedding to go. In the end it’s YOUR day. It’s not mine, it’s not auntie so and so’s, it’s yours, and I 110% believe you should have the experience and memories that you had hoped for! Would a first look have made the day easier? Sure. Would it be what Jaycie and CJ wanted for their day. No. When I first started shooting weddings several years ago, first looks were a new idea and I tried to convince everyone that they needed one! I regret that. Now I’m here for my couples, if they want to have one…awesome! if they don’t, that’s totally fine too, we just need to build a solid timeline together.
Jaycie and CJ’s ceremony was full of love for each other but also love of the Lord. CJ’s father was their minister and a grandfather on each side had a moment to say a prayer for the couple. Sweet weddings like this are always a gentle reminder for the whole purpose of marriage. I’m thankful for their example. I’m thankful Jaycie and CJ had me for their photographer that day.