A month ago, I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Previn and Angelica Perry. I was formally introduced to the couple when Angelica booked me for their engagement session at the end of last year. It didn’t take long for me to become invested in their love story. I’m a firm believer that a major key to making any marriage work is friendship– so I love capturing couples that not only have a deep love and respect for each other, but also genuinely enjoy each other.
Although, the initial plan was to have a wedding ceremony and reception in April of 2020, no one was prepared for the pandemic. As regulations were set and businesses closed, the wedding had to be pushed to June. Yet, as June got closer, Angelica decided to move forward with a smaller ceremony, hoping to have a larger ceremony at the end of the year.
I was all for it.
As the pandemic hit, world leaders scattered as they tried to make sense of it all. The world literally appeared to have stopped spinning and to be honest — I, personally, was dealing with a lot of fear. At the same time, I was hoping that something beautiful could come from people focusing in on the things that mattered most. Love still mattered.
So the opportunity to capture a wedding in this season was really important to me.
When shooting a wedding, you always try to blend in and not become a distraction, but with a smaller, intimate wedding– you become an integral piece of the moment. I felt honored to be able to capture the moments with the bride and her parents, preparing for the ceremony.
Something else that was amazing to see was how the guests were also very much a part of the wedding. The family was able to assume roles that they may not have typically held (i.e. both mothers had the honor of holding the rings.)
And the moment of sweet victory that you finally get to back down the aisle as husband and wife was epic. Guest celebrated by blasting streamers at the newly weds.
Once the ceremony was over, I was able to steal the couple away for a few moments alone. This last image is one that captures an image of her brother that decorated her bouquet.
It was also amazing how they were still able to include family and friends that couldn’t be present through live streaming. Typically, photographers aren’t big on having cells phones included in their wedding images, but this was an exception to the rule. We were able to capture some guests that weren’t physically there, but still a major part of the wedding.
The corona shot was an obvious “Must Have.”
All of that to say that I was grateful for the opportunity and hope to shoot more intimate weddings in the future.