Awhile back, we contacted our brides to find out which photo was their favorite from the wedding day. When we posted a blog of those photos, many people told us they loved seeing what each person chose. Well, we’ve done it again and are overjoyed with our client’s responses!
It has been incredibly rewarding to catch up with our couples, hearing their feedback, how they & their families are still loving the photos we captured. One of my favorite things about our job is the great relationships that we are able to make with our clients, being able to continue photographing our couple’s growing families, some of which have become great acquaintances and a few who have become close friends. Most importantly, we are beyond honored that people trust us to document such important times in their lives.
Back to our bride’s favorite photo choices, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We need to take the time and care into every single part of the wedding day because what they may choose as their most precious memories is not up to us. We need to be present in mind and body with camera in hand to capture their emotions, their scene, their loved ones, their day. That’s our job and we cherish it.
Now, here are some of our bride’s responses.
People still rave over the photography and we still appreciate everything you were able to capture. The picture above truly epitomizes us as a couple and the spirit that we wanted to convey as part of our wedding day for all of our guests, which was a fun, carefree day sharing the best things the low country has to offer. We didn’t want stuffy or uptight, but a day that represented us as a couple. We think that picture says it all!
Moments before it was my turn to walk down the aisle, my daddy and I had a moment alone to ourselves. He started crying and giving me the sweetest father-daughter heart to heart. As a little girl I would not only dream of walking down the aisle to my Prince Charming, but also having my sweet daddy there remind me that I will always be his little girl, no matter what. I was so wrapped up in the emotion of the moment that I had no idea Rachel was snapping photos. I will forever remember this precious moment on my wedding day, and I am so grateful Rachel’s incredible talent was there to capture it. It is definitely one of my most favorite photos of my big day!
This by far my favorite photo for a couple of reasons. First, with all the hustle and bustle of a wedding day, this brings it back to just the two of us. It almost feels as though we are hiding away from everyone for a private moment. Secondly, my husband chose my wedding ring as a tree branch design, explaining our marriage will be as strong as a tree whose roots only grow deeper and stronger with time. I think this captures that metaphor perfectly.
I had a really hard time trying to narrow this down as all our pictures turned out so great. At the end of the day I had to go with the black and white of everyone watching the Belmont as American Pharoah won becoming the first Triple Crown Winner in 37 years. Jackson and his entire family are from Kentucky and I went to school there making this a really big deal, so much so that after American Pharoah won the Preakness a couple of weeks before our wedding I started receiving text messages from multiple family members and friends asking if there would be a way to watch the Belmont just in case American Pharoah pulled it off. It took quite a bit of last minute maneuvering to make it happen since we got married in a garden without tvs but we’re so glad we made it work. Ever since Jackson and I started dating he has always said how much it would mean to him to see a horse win the Triple Crown so for it to happen on our wedding day really felt like it was meant to be. This image perfectly captures the excitement and joy of that day, it was truly the cherry on top and something that will be framed and talked about not only in our house but in our extended family’s until the end of time.
First, in full disclosure, I had about ten pictures (and that was after whittling it down from like 200) that I was ready to send…this is an incredibly difficult assignment–never the less, in the hopes of following directions, I selected the one above. I’m sure the picture I picked isn’t a surprise, but it truly is one of the most phenomenal photos from that day (…from the most incredibly beautiful, emotionally connected album we could have ever asked for). Our families have always joked that Dan and I truly act like best friends–we are more apt to be laughing, joking, and smiling, than being overly affectionate in front of others. That part of our relationship has always been just for us–for our quiet moments together, when it feels like no one is looking. But, the thing about a wedding is that it’s one of those times when you have to let people into your world, this special place you and your partner have created with one another. We did, in a way that was truly “us,” but after we stepped away from the madness and the world felt quiet again…and it was just us two, it was this incredibly special moment. Almost like a huge, deep breath…where you feel so calm and so happy and so in love.
That is this picture. A big deep breath, with my very favorite person, in my very favorite place…and it that will always be a reminder that amidst the rush and noise and craziness in life, I will always find my heart and peace with him.
This was a very hard task but my favorite photo was this one taken right after we saw each other for the first time on our wedding day. Excited and relieved to finally see our best friend.
The photo may not be a traditional bride’s favorite, I’m barely visible in it, I’m not dancing with my husband and it definitely doesn’t showcase my dress. The photo shows my dad dancing with me, and my husband comforting my emotional mom in the background. My dad is chronically ill, and my husband lost his father during our engagement, it really captures a special moment that I feel lucky to have been able to experience. I love this photo because it shows what a wedding and marriage is all about, two families becoming one.
Our wedding was in one word, magical, and this picture encapsulates those feelings for me. I truly felt like I was in a fairy tale that day; everything was perfect and I married my Prince Charming.
This photo encompasses everything I could have dreamed of for our wedding day. When we first visited “Old Wide Awake” my heart melted and I just knew it was where I wanted to become Mrs. Hoffman! Andrew and I have always loved Charleston and we wanted our wedding guests to experience a little of why we fell in love with this place! This picture captures all the dreamy romantic qualities that made this a day one we will never forget! I would like to thank Rachel & Billy for this gorgeous photograph and all the others I tried to narrow it down from. They are beautifully captured memories!
Billy and Rachel were so easy to work with and made us feel so at ease in front of the camera. I love that our pictures look so natural and capture real moments and feelings. This picture does just that by capturing a such a sweet and genuine moment between us! I also love the timeless look of the photograph and the quintessential Charleston scenery in the background as Charleston means so much to us because it is where we met and fell in love!
We love this picture (we could probably send you dozens more that make us smile just as much). Ryan loves how my dress flows as he swings me across the dance floor (and I love that he still twirls me across the kitchen floor when we hear Sinatra and relive this moment!). Our wedding was full of smiles, laughter and so much love. It was captured perfectly in every single picture you took–you can see the happiness and love in every single persons face!
I want to extend a huge thank you to all the people who participated in this blog post. We had a lot more of responses, so fortunately we will be posting another post soon for more of our bride’s favorite photos!