Weddings. The biggest day of a couple's life. A brand new beginning. Unbelievable depth. Completely raw emotion. Love at it's pinnacle moment. Romance and beauty in every detail. Pure enjoyment by everyone (okay, the father of the bride may be cringing at the bills, but work with me).
It's probably the best possible opportunity for a photographer to capture completely uninhibited expressions of emotion and so much beauty all at one time.
(One of many "unofficial" wedding pictures I took at my friend's wedding last year...just because I couldn't resist.)
When I started my photography journey (this could be a whole, long other post), I quickly figured out that the unposed, photojournalistic, natural approach was my style and with that I knew that "people" were my thing. (Though I really love landscape photography, too. Is there really anything a true photographer doesn't love?)
What does that mean? I planned to and have been offering services for: newborns, children, families, couples/engagements, parties (birthday, bridal and baby showers, etc.) and since getting a pup, discovered the joys in "furbaby" pet photography.
Uh. No. No plans for that. I literally said on multiple occasions that I did NOT plan to offer services for weddings. Probably ever.
Looking back at how I view weddings, the question is: why not? Seriously. Why not? It's everything I love.
If you know me personally, you know that for a very long time I have been praying about the direction God wants me to go with my businesses: boutique & photography.
So, all this time, I've been praying, seeking, asking for His direction...and I've also been saying "No Weddings".
See where I'm going with this?
God is funny. I am convinced.
In the past couple of months, I have had more than one possible wedding opportunity cross my path in one way or another...never seeking them. Now, though not all of them have come to fruition for various reasons, the fact that the topic itself kept coming up made me start wondering, "Um, God? Are you trying to tell me something here?"
And I started to get that wedding itch. A different kind from the girl who's waiting to be asked. ;) Once it became a possibility presented to me, I saw it differently.
I'll spare you all the details, but The Pea Closet Photography is now officially booking weddings...with the first one on the books for September! Though fully aware that she's the first wedding, this bride has been following my work, loves it and is confident of my capabilities. Extremely humbling. This is a big deal! And I couldn't be more thrilled. I knocked back a couple of espressos (ha!), met with her, presented several package options with flexibilities and all that I could offer her print/product-wise. We talked "deets", I got the "let's do it!" from her and soon after, met with her to sign the contract.
And that's that!
Never say never.
I love irony.
God's plans are not always our own. (His are better.)
I'm excited! She's excited! She and her fiance are really nice and down to earth. I'm really looking forward to getting to know them more and be part of their beautiful day! The wedding will be at a church in Coconut Grove and the reception is at the JW Marriot Marquis Miami. A-MAZING! I can already see the images in my head...all of the raw emotion I will capture that day and all the gorgeous details...eek! I can't wait!
**Wedding pricing/info coming soon to the main photography site.**