The day started out with radiant sun, and as we approached Friendship Community Church, you could feel the warmth outshine the brisk wind that lingered from the day prior. As we entered Cathy’s getting ready room, she greeted us with a huge smile that was just as warm as the sun’s rays. Barry and I are always on our toes when we photograph a wedding, but something about Cathy’s demeanor is so calming, it just naturally makes anyone feel relaxed. After saying our hellos, we migrated a block up the road to where James was getting ready. As we stepped through the doorway, we happened upon James diligently giving detailed instructions to the groomsmen about how they should tie their bowties. It started with James in the center of a semicircle of groomsmen, but as they got the hang of it, they all dispersed to various mirrors around the room, in effort to perfect their bowtie.
James’s mother watches the men in amusement, while his father takes out his cell phone and records a video of them. For being first time “bowtiers,” I was incredibly impressed with the outcome!
I skimmed the room in between photographing these gentlemen, and take note of the champagne flavored lollipop that I gave to Cathy and James as part of their Welcome Gift (along with champagne flutes that they ended up using at their reception!) It was so touching that they brought both items with them for their wedding day.
Cathy and James have personalities that shine through in the first few minutes of meeting them. They are selfless, kind, honest, respectful, rejoicing and humble, which equates to having the most beautiful souls. They are people that really *get* what matters in life: love, for God, their friends, their families, and undoubtedly each other. I think that James’s Best Man summed it up perfectly during his toast when he said that James is someone he looks up to, because James makes him want to be the best version of himself that he could possibly be. The same sentiment goes to Cathy.
Two of my favorite moments that day occurred when Cathy’s bridesmaids prayed over her, and when Cathy and James said a prayer with each other immediately before the ceremony. The words said were so touching… giving thanks to God for each other and their marriage… and happy tears filled the room.
Take a look to see what I mean…
When the bride and groom give you extra time to take pictures during sunset, magical things happen!