The best stories in my life seem to be ones I couldn't have written myself.
I met my husband in Whole Foods while he was buying a bottle of wine - he introduced himself and I was left speechless when I saw his eyes. When I say speechless, I mean I truly didn't say a word. Somehow we still went on a date (when I did in fact speak) and I knew immediately I wanted to marry him, but that was just the beginning of the adventure. Later that year he left for nine months to ride his motorcycle around the world, calling from terrible wifi and sending pictures of elephants.
After reaching his final destination in Kenya, we met in Paris and were so giddy to be in the same time zone. It became such a special place for us that we eventually brought our families back to France and got married on a drizzly winter day. He is the kindest man I've ever known and I'm so grateful for him.
YOUR WEDDING PHOTOS should:
- Be real. Your wedding should be an incredibly beautiful real day in your life, not a day that feels like a movie set.
- Be normal. Chances are you're not a model - and that is great! Your pictures should look like you! I don't want you to look back and think, "Why do I look like I'm trying so hard?" Your poses should be normal - how you naturally stand together waiting in line or the way you hug when you're saying goodbye.
- Be happy. Your wedding photos should be a reflection of the joyful celebration! I'm all for an occasional soft smile, but typically big smiles and laughter are my favorite.
- Be good. It's a bit cliche, but photos truly are your only lasting memory of the day. They should not only capture the event itself, but the underlying emotion and joy! Your photos should cause you to go back to how you felt in that exact moment.
- Be timeless. This is a personal preference, but since you're here, you may agree. I have a feeling that in five years a lot of people will look at their wedding photos and say, "Why am I orange?" or "Why is everything so washed out?" The colors - whether it's skin tones or flowers should be accurate and timeless! I want you to love your photos in ten, twenty, even fifty years.