Every once in a while, magic happens. It’s usually when a bride has no fear and is willing to do anything for an amazing photo.
I do admit that most of my brides will go above and beyond for me, it is amazing to me when brides will hike in their heels or say yes to silly and offbeat things I ask of them.
When I asked Sarah how she felt about trekking down a canyon and across a river… in her wedding dress, before her ceremony and most likely being a bit late for some other photos, she was actually almost more excited than me. Just almost.
… and so we hiked…. and hiked…
When we got to the river we found it was about thigh high at the highest point. Though the bottom was covered in moss and algae. I thought the best possible thing for me to do was go barefoot, and luckily I had decided to wear a dress that day. Brian and Sarah had some pretty sturdy footwear which was awesome. Brian rolled up his pants legs and Sarah hiked up her dress. I am so amazed and in awe of Sarah’s ability to have no fear and even laugh during the entire day. So with my camera in hand and barefoot, and with a very brave bride and groom we slowly made out way across the river.
Since slipping and potentially going for a swim with my camera was a very real possibility, I decided to only take one camera with one lens across the river. Very smart idea on my part as I had to at feel around with my hands for new stepping areas.
The day was not perfect like most brides would expect a perfect wedding to go. The wind was a little crazy, it was blazing hot, I got a little poison oak on my legs, stuff happens. Weather works against you, timelines run late. Every wedding will have its ups and downs, but it was perfect to them. Brian and Sarah never once stopped laughing and smiling. They made the day what it was. I always tell my couples that the wedding day will only be as stressful as you make it.
I have seen my fair share of wedding disasters. Cakes fall apart, bouquets get forgotten and an earrings can go missing. Just remember to breathe and that most of the things that go wrong, don’t matter in the end.
The wooden ring seen here was hand made by Brian for Sarah when he proposed.