Our sister said I do, and we had the honor of watching, smiling, (and wiping a whole lot of tears) from behind the camera on Mariah and Julio’s best day.
The Idaho sun was bright and the air warm. She sat in her getting ready room. She was calm, a steady smile on her face. Mariah is someone who is always on the go, but that day was different. With nowhere to go but down the aisle, she radiated joy, surrounded by friends and family who had walked with her to this moment.
He sat in his getting ready room, writing one last prayer for her before calling his best friend back home. With brothers and friends, Julio prepared to promise forever.
We cried when she slipped into her dress, and when she walked out to see her friends. We cried as our dad helped him tie his tie, Julio getting ready to walk his mom and sister down the aisle. Dad opened the door to the bridal suite, and we cried as he squeezed Mariah tight, holding his baby girl on her wedding day.
And then it was time.
Kaleb joined his grandpa, walking his mom down the aisle. He grabbed his camera and stood in the side aisle as I crouched in the middle. Their friends and family stood. The song that reminds Julio the most of Mariah began playing, and there she came.
After just a glimpse of his bride, Julio put his hand to his face and cried. And so did we.
Wedding photography is my heartbeat. I love capturing the interactions between the bride and her tribe as they get ready together, the look on a groom’s face when he FINALLY sees his bride for the first time, and the way a dad wraps his arms around his baby girl on her wedding day. Bride and groom portraits make my heart jump and I cry on almost every wedding day.