Wedding photos are a funny thing. We try so hard to make sure they are perfect. We spend hours, days, months, sometimes even years planning the perfect shot. We imagine how that photo will look once it's hanging on our living room wall and then we strive for perfection on the big day. We pay a big boat load of money to a photographer to capture it all (which they do a great job at) ...but the funny thing is, some of my favorite photos from my wedding day are ones that were the candid, random shots taken by friends of mine that were stolen from facebook! Go figure.
I truly love our professional photos and all the ones that were strategically staged and set to document our day, but these other ones just steal my heart. They make me smile and remember the moment because that's what they were, actual moments. It wasn't me and my friends lining up holding that 'cheese' face while our eyes started to twitch and our cheeks were shaking from holding our grin too long. It was Eric hoisting me in the air and ending up under my dress, it was my girlfriends fighting for the bouquet while we all laughed 'til we cried, it was my best friends lifting me up and reminding me that they're always there to do just that. It's the photos that I can look back at and and feel the love and laughter all over again.
Do you have a favorite photo of yourself? Can you remember exactly what you were doing or how you felt at the time? It's the memory that goes with these shots that make them so much more! Here are a few of my favorites from my big day! Can you see the love written all over my face?? Because that's exactly how I felt!
"Surround yourself with only those who are going to lift you higher"
These girls worked for those flowers!
Me and my love, in love! -9-6-08-
PS. Check out this post from last month with one of my other favorite wedding photos!