What a beautiful day to get married.. the sky was blue and the climate was mild.. Caren was so calm, it was quite clear she had thought this through and was ready for these nuptials to take place. Getting to know her better, not just in passing at church, over the past few years has been eye-opening in many respects. It is very clear… she loves God, her daughter, her mother, Elgin and her dear friends. The order of the preceding is her call, not mine, I’m just typing. I have learned a lot from her about taking care of an aging parent and all that relationship encompasses. We have talked for hours about how a mother-daughter relationship evolves, grows, matures and changes. We did a generational photo session a couple of years ago with her mother and daughter and I was blown away at how much the three of them looked a like and how absolutely beautiful her mother is. Upon editing those photographs I also noticed a deep natural beauty that Caren also possesses. I called her obscure photographic resolve to her attention and she simply said “What?… Delores, what are you talking about?” The pictures of her tell the story… she is stunning!
Well, that was then and this is now and I am not alone in my thoughts. Elgin and Caren agreed to do a “First Look”.. where the couple agrees to see each other for the first time and take their formal pictures before the ceremony. More on that in another post. I had not had the pleasure of meeting Elgin before their wedding day and was told by him when I introduced myself that he did not like to take pictures. Well, I don’t know what you’ve been told but I tend to get people to change their minds about not liking to take pictures. Elgin is my case in point.
I set Elgin with his back turned to Caren and captured the moments when he saw his bride to be for the first time. His reaction was priceless, tearful, ecstatic, beautiful and breathtaking. I think it goes down in the book of “most exuberant reactions EVER!” …. He turned around and there was an audible gasp from him after which he repeated many times “Now that’s what I’m talking about….” and so the story goes. For the entire time and space I was around them he had a spark in his eye for his bride…. it was so very clear. Elgin had waited to have his “bride” to be by his side for a long while and he was very happy to be on the other side of these formalities. I think their slideshow says it all.
Don’t forget to view their slideshow!
Caren and Elgin.. thanks for the opportunity to capture your love and your day. I truly have learned a lot through this experience with the two of you… “Love is real”
“A portrait is like a mirror to the soul…
life standing still…
to be treasured forever…”