INSPIRATIONS: my wedding clients

From: Jennifer
To: Me

Hi Dallas! 

I have been diy'ing all our wedding decor and it's kind of taken on a different look than I initially envisioned many months ago. I have crafted all these gold framed chalkboards and made gold dipped feathers. My chalk art is becoming pretty good! I also made wedding madlibs and we will print them on kraft paper. I have a gorgeous burlap aisle runner, table runners and all these stunning mercury glass votives and black and white striped napkins and paper straws. 

It's all very modern rustic, yet sophisticated vintage but in my mind incredibly romantic. Its hard to explain but all the pieces fit in my head beautifully. Its quite a departure from Big Fish and more an unintentional happy accident. I just wanted to share that with you. I know you like to take inspiration from the wedding style to inspire your photography.

Now that is the kind of message (from Jennifer, who will marry Jay this September) that just lifts me up and reminds me again how much I love my job.

Wedding photography is unlike any other type of photography assignment. It is the most deeply personal of all genres. Not only is a photographer invited into the most intimate moments of the event, but he or she also spends the most time with the couple of any other family member or guest during the day. The stronger the connection between photographer and clients, the better the photos will be. A good connection allows the photographer to not only understand her subjects personalities and tastes, but also to have a clear picture of the way they see the world, and see each one another.

I feel incredibly fortunate that my clients and I have found each other. They have opened their lives to me, and I try to repay their kindness with images that come from the heart.

When I receive messages like Jennifer's that fill me in on the theme and decor; when I receive beautiful invitations and save the dates that hint at the event's overall aesthetic; when a bride consults with me about wedding dress options or accessory choices; when a client sends me a link to a documentary she thinks I would like; when emails are exchanged about the perfect shade of red lipstick that's glossy, not trashy glossy, but moisturizing glossy, but with staying power, and we track down the perfect one; when a groom tells me that their wedding venue has its own Street Fighter arcade game and that the Chinatown Night Market is right outside; when I read my client's questionnaire and learn about the serendipitous way in which they met and fell in love; when I hear about the possibility of a gypsy band during cocktail hour; when a couple has so many best friends that their wedding party weighs in at 27 people; when a client sits basically in the trunk so I can have a seat while she and her fiancé drop me off on their way to dinner; when, if I continued recounting all the amazing moments I've shared and look forward to sharing with my clients, this post would go on forever... well, those are the moments that mean the world to me.

Suffice it to say I am grateful, elated, truly inspired and so excited for the rest of this year!

Photo by Lisa Griffiths, taken at Johanna & Mason's wedding.