With fingers still thawing, I write this for you. Hoping you too will share in the experience of our recent wedding session. Let me set the scene. Towering pine trees, whisteling winds, snow coated pathways, freezing temperatures, rapid waters and a mission. A mission to capture two souls joining as one, saying “I do,” and venturing off on THEIR grand mission as Mr & Mrs. So as I sit here typing, feeling frozen, I am overcome with a warmth. I warm heart! The joy these two radiated from just pure smiles, while clinging onto each other as the winds tried to sweep them away was unfathomable.
We started our trek out to Lake Cuyamaca before hand in hopes of finding the best lighting, weather (funny looking back), and composition. To our surprise it was way colder than the forecast had predicted and the winds were surpassing 40 mph. But that wasn’t going to stop us or the couple! After having a quick car warm up, we raced out to the dock at Chambers Park. As the winds speed past and the water roared, we all held onto the hope that we would be able to withstand the battle. Boy oh boy did we not expect the amazing turnout! Like something straight from Vogue magazine.
Almost sprinting back to the car we asked the Bride, “Are you wanting to continue?” At this point we had plenty of amazing shots to call it a day. With a smurk on her face and a power in her voice, she looked at us and said… “No, lets go again. I’m going to remember these photos forever!” I couldn’t believe how lucky we were, to have a couple as willing to “get the shot” as we were. So off we went, trekking down another frozen path lined by pine trees as tall as the skies. Or so they seemed. While laughing and trying to keep our body temperature up we were stopped dead in our tracks by miles of radiant red grasslands as far as the eye could see. A white dress surrounded by red folleage? sounded like a dream of ours. The color contrast and the composition made it a wonderful spot to end our session together. Every shot seemed harder and harder to take as our fingers felt more and more lifeless, but these photos were far from lifeless. Infact, I feel as those this wedding to date had more joy, love, laughter and pure life than I have experienced in a session before. Theres something incredible about taking that leap of faith, “getting that shot,” and saying yes to new adventures in life!
To the amazing couple, thank you for pushing us and making us step outside our comfort zone (quite literally, the cold was extremely uncomfortable.) You taught us a valuable lesson during our time together. Venturing out of your comfort zone may be dangerous at times, yet you do it anyways. Because our ability to grow is directly proportional to our ability to entertain the unforgettable. We hope you continue to have unforgettable moments together and keep taking that risk, because as we witnessed, it is so worth it!