here's to the groom
Wedding days often focus most of the attention on the bride. What is she wearing, how will she do her hair, is there a veil or a statement hairpiece, or is there a rocking pair of shoes peeking out from the hem of her dress? I am always a part of the collective, oohing and aahing over the details of a bride's bouquet, tearing up at her dad watching her come down the stairs. There's just so much identifying that a 20-something photographer can do with the bride on the big day. All of those little bits of connection show deep in the photos that we take. Being the photographer on a wedding day is like having a back stage pass to the most intimate, romantic, sentimental ceremony of life that a family can share.
Grooms have a special place in my heart. When my brother was married four years ago, I spent the days leading up to it helping to decorate and prep and do all the fun wedding details. When the big day came, my eyes were glued to that sweet brother bear of mine. I watched him with bursting pride, awaiting the love of his life at the front of a sweet little church in Western PEI. When she rounded the corner and his eyes filled up with tears, my own tears spilled onto my cheeks. I felt my heart burst with love and admiration for him, and throughout the rest of the day, during photos and the reception and the dance, the love just kept welling up.
When I started booking weddings shortly after, I found that I often connected with both the bride and the groom wholeheartedly; identifying with the bride, and seeing a reflection of my brother in the groom.
When it was my turn to be the bride this past fall, I had a fantastic time being with all of my lovely friends while getting our hair done, our nails painted, being pampered. My friend, Treena, was our wedding photographer, and she captured beautiful moments of the day that I would have otherwise missed with all the hub-bub. The morning was a blur, and once we arrived at the little hall where we were married, all I could think of was that beautiful person waiting for me at the end of the aisle. When we got our photos back, it was the photos of him that I looked at the longest.
So here are a few photos of some of the grooms I've had the pleasure of meeting. May you witness the pride and anticipation in their eyes.
As a little extra, here is a photo of my gorgeous husband and I on our wedding day, as well as one of that sweet brother of mine reading a poem at our ceremony. Both photos taken by our dear friend, Treena, whom we cherish with all our hearts.
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