Wow! is the only word that comes to mind when I look back at 2011. Last year was filled with so many life changing experiences. Peter and I traveled to New York City, Paris, and Provence for a family vacation. Peter was finally able to see U2 live in concert here in Nashville, and of course we had the greatest surprise of our lives when we found out The Carlson family was getting larger! The craziest part was that all of this happened within two fast and furious months. What about the rest of the year? It was pretty amazing, filled with traveling, visiting family, working on business ideas, and of course shooting weddings. Of course it wasn’t all about us, I can’t help but think about the great changes that took place in our clients lives as well. My favorite part of photographing weddings is being able observe and document all the beautiful things that go on at a wedding. Every moment, no matter how small has the potential to become a memory that they will cherish for the rest of their lives. In honor of these moments I want to share with you some of my favorite moments from our weddings in 2011. They are more than photographs, they are moments in
time, captured on a day that will never be forgotten by each of these lovely people, moments that were part of a life changing event that we were so honored to witness.
Who can resist this image of Margaret stopping on her way down the aisle to give a kiss to her grandfather. It is easy to forget that weddings are not just about a bride and groom, but about families joining together.
Nothing makes me cry more than seeing a ceremony bring more than a husband and a wife together, but a whole family. After giving Brooke’s little girl a necklace, Jamie read vows to Madison promising to not only care for her mother but for her as well. I don’t think there was a dry eye at the ceremony.
Sometimes things don’t go as planned. While Holly & Will were coming back from taking photos by the lake at Cedarwood, their golf cart ran out of gas. With Peter at the wheel, they got a push start and made it down the hill, with everyone still laughing and having a good time!
Often I am far away when I’m photographing certain moments. Like a fly on the wall, I don’t always know what is going on between the subjects I’m shooting. It makes me smile when I try to imagine what these two little flower girls at Lindsay’s wedding were talking about.
Kathryn & John’s Athens, Georgia wedding takes the cake for making an amazing moment from something that could have been a disaster. Not only did it rain, but it hailed and completely soaked the tent and the DJ’s equipment! With the entertainment wiped out, their
friends took over the position making ropes out of napkins and jump roping on the flooded dance floor. No one in attendance will ever forget this wedding!
I may witness it a lot, but there is nothing I delight in more at a reception than the father/daughter dance. I love the look on Sara’s dad’s face as he thinks about his little girl getting married.
There were so many amazing moments that we were thrilled to capture in 2011 and we know that this year is going to be filled with even more. A big “Thank You!” to all of our clients for allowing us to be a part of your lives and for sharing this very important day!