So many things come to mind when thinking of a title, thinking of what words I am going to say to express how much this wedding meant to me, what images am I going to include in the post… It’s like I am standing at the shore of myself and there is a vast ocean before me and I don’t know when to dive in. So I will stick my feet in first and slowly immerse myself in this post and bring you all with me.
I met Erin several years ago when I was a strapping young lad and headed into Starbucks to fuel my then Chai addiction. Low and behold, miss Erin was sitting their with wedding albums, waiting for a client. I struck up conversation, asking the obvious, ” Are you a wedding photographer?” when in full view were all the necessary tools to lead my thoughts to that conclusion, but hey… it’s small talk. She said yes, and we exchanged numbers so we could shoot. She soon took me under her wing and started bringing me to her weddings to shoot for her as a second photographer. Fast Forward some years, let’s say… to the present day. And our friendship still thrives through the good and the bad and have been through so much. When she asked me to shoot her wedding I was in shock. Going full circle from a fledgling photographer dabbling in an occasional wedding, to being her PIC ( Partner in Crime ) and seeing her now on the other side of the lens where so many days before she was behind one herself. It’s truly mind altering when you show up to the house you have been so many times before, and rather then head off to a wedding at some venue, the photographer is now the bride. It is quite surreal. I am a big sap and probably cried several times leading up to her day, where she was now marrying the love of her life, Sam – an amazing man in every sense of the word.
I cannot begin to say what an amazing wedding it was… the stories of a token of affection from Aunt Mary, seeing the way everybody came together for her on her most momentous day… being surrounded by so many friends and family that they kind of blended in to just one and everybody was close to everybody… the dancing, the rain, every moment I would have photographed for an eternity. I am so happy for Erin and Sam, and I hope the compass within each of them leads them to their true north… which can be found in the other. I hope life gives them every adventure and more and perhaps a baby or two, cuz I want to be an honorary uncle.
I would not be who I am if it wasn’t for Erin… I wouldn’t know half the people I do or be where I am today if it wasn’t for her. If there is one person I will be eternally grateful for, it is her. I feel amazing in the fact I got to share in her wedding day, and meet her and Sam’s family… If I were to measure my life by the friendship I have with the two lovebirds, I would consider myself the richest man in the world.
Thank you both for being there in every way…
I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed making them and I hope in some small way I caught a fraction of the awesome that is the both of you
John aka PIC