It’s actually a bit strange but I generally feel happy when I see a groom cry. I think perhaps part of it is the fact that I can immediately emotionally connect with that person, but I suspect it’s mostly because we live in a world that tells men they shouldn’t cry and I don’t agree with these notion of how they men “should” be. I absolutely respect ones who are, most simply, who they are, laid bare for all to see with no pretence of what they are expected to be.
Weddings should always be honest, they should be celebrations of love, commitment and honour to each other and Sean offers all of these things to Jenny and more. I saw a single tear of joy roll down his right cheek the moment Jenny walked down the aisle and it was just one of those things that needed to be captured. In all honesty, it was such a beautiful moment that I would have preferred to just watch his smile and Jenny’s tears as she approached him waiting at the front of the room in front of their loved ones. Jenny and Sean will forever remember that instant they set eyes on each other on their wedding day and I’m happy that I not only got to share in it, but I captured it for them to relive each and every day for the rest of their lives.
Just about 9 hours before I arrived at Annie and Tim’s house (around 120km south west of Melbourne), I was photographing April and Dave‘s wedding in Sydney. I had promised myself to NEVER EVER take bookings for two weddings in two different cities on consecutive days – the fear of something going wrong with aeroplanes is all too much to bear. But Annie and Tim were the people who managed to change my mind (for what I suspect will be the first and only time). They promised me home-made tshirts, mixed tapes and home made goods – plus, they just sounded like wonderful people. I told them about my travel concerns and said they didn’t mind, they just wanted me to share their day with them even if they knew there was a risk I wouldn’t get there on time!
And I’m so glad that I did, everything about their day was truly special – from the cheese and tomato croissant with coffee that Tim had made for me on arrival to the White Stripes song that Annie learned to play bass for during their reception. Tim and Annie had thought about everything they were doing that day and the real message of their wedding day was so simple – think of the things and people you love and have them close to you (except for Lenny, their cat who seemingly had made other plans for the day which included hiding under the bed).
This wedding also appeared in the wonderful magazine Hello May #4.
There are some weddings you just feel like everyone is truly joyous. I could see it all day long – laughter, happiness and smiles. And these days are the kind of days that you want to be a part of.
I was so happy that I was able to meet both Dan and Fiona, they’re both such wonderful people. And you can see that from each and every person that surrounded them on their wedding day, they were invested and so happy to see Dan and Fiona start the next stage of their life together.
Oh also, I had thought that I’d seen pretty much everything that could happen at a wedding. But Dan’s brother and best man Christian proved me wrong – his “speech” was something special. Scroll to the bottom to see what I mean.