Wedding plans aren’t just for the young. Last month I had the pleasure to meet this amazing couple. Val has never been married, but Bruce found a second chance at love with his lovely bride. They are such a unique couple.
Their wedding was so unique. I loved the little details they incorporated into their countryside mountain wedding. The cake with the bear top was my favorite. Every thing was simple yet lovely.
Getting married as an older bride and groom might make you feel like you need to think small, plan simple, and avoid all the fanfare. However, that simply isn’t true. With more couples waiting to get married and finding love in their golden years, weddings these days have become both timeless and ageless—just like they should be.
Congratulations Val and Bruce! and Thanks Crystal Clear Photography for having me as your second shooter for this lovely unique wedding.
Capturing a young couples's marriage is such an honor for me and it takes me back to when I got married 18 years ago. I got married at nineteen. I was, for all intents and purposes, a teenage wife. I did not get pregnant. and my husband was a US Marine at the time. I happen to take the long route to getting things done. At 22 I had my first child and completed college by 25. So one could say I did everything backwards. I don’t fit into the stereotype that so many people want to put me into; therefore, when I have the pleasure of shooting young couple's wedding, I always tell them not to listen to others who happen to be judgmental of their age thinking that because you are young your marriage will fail. That is not the case and when you know you have met your soulmate, why let it go?
I think this world is filled with way too much judgement and way too many expectations of how we live our lives. Marriage will always be hard and it’s definitely harder doing it in your 20’s. We are not promised tomorrow and sometimes we put up things thinking that the time is not right or just because of what others may say or think.
To all those young mature couples thinking about getting married, do what makes you happy and what fulfills your life. It is essential to be open, understanding, and accepting of how others live their lives. There are challenges in life no matter what. It’s up to you to make your choices because at the end of the day, you have to live with the life you’ve created so build something you’re proud of. And if you want, build it with someone you makes you happy, no matter how old you are. Age is nothing but a number.
This beautiful couple was so sweet. What I loved the most about their wedding was their first look. It was emotional and the sweetest thing I have ever seen.
In most cases, when my clients see high chances for rain, they immediately reschedule. However, when your big day is less than a month away, you work with what you got! when Blanca, Joé, and I began planning their engagement session, they wanted mountains and to showcase the beautiful state where they live in; therefore, we decided to go for the South Mesa Trailhead in El Dorado.
The story behind Blanca and Joé rainy engagement session is pretty simple; we trusted the forecast for the weather since it predicted mininal rain showers and clear by the time our session was supposed to take place. Blanca decided to still go through with the session as their wedding day is quickly approaching. The session stated with no rain and just la few drizzles here and there, but fifteen minutes later, we got rained down a little more. Maybe you could see some of the rain drops in some of these pictures.
Blanca and Joé met at a summer program at Colorado State University before their freshman year of college. They didn't talk that summer as Blanca thought he was too conceited, overconfident. After coming back to Denver they connected through mutual friends. A half a year later they both started to date. Even though they were in different cities, their relationship still managed to blossom. After Blanca graduated from college, she got a job in Denver closer to Joé and they were able to see each other often. They dated for six year and he finally proposed!!! The proposal happened in Florida during Joé's birthday at a golf course where he always wanted to play. That particular day Blanca recalls waking up early to see the sunrise and take pictures during that time. She was not expecting it and remembers how beautiful the proposal was and how they were the only ones at that place during that time.
People say opposites attracts. They both fell in love yet they both have such different personalities. I think they balanced each other pretty well and their chemistry during the session was obvious. Even though they have different personalities to certain extent, they both share the same values and interests as well as their love for God. In the end, she was judging a book by its cover and later realized he is not coincided or over confident but rather loving, caring and outgoing. Lastly, this couple is very family oriented. I can't wait to shoot their wedding soon. I am delighted they picked me to be their wedding photographer.
Pakistan Wedding Journey
I was recently fortunate to be part of this amazing wedding thanks to the talented photographer Catherine Solomon from Catherine Lea Photography. This wedding was so unique in so many levels. Alma looked stunning and I was just so grateful to be part of her lovely day and a wedding full of traditions.
This was my second wedding full of vast customs and traditions. It’s interesting that the majority of Pakistanis continue to follow this cultural trend of marriage passing their traditions to newer generations who proudly showcase what their culture is all about during such an important day for a woman.
For me the most emotional part was the send off of the bride. Nothing had prepared me for such event. Towards the end of the celebration, the family prepared to send off the Bride, this beautiful and emotional custom becomes a very emotional scene as the daughter is moving from one family to another. I was able to capture some of those touching moments. I admit that I was not expecting all the guest to walk along the families in silence as the married couple was now ready to start a new life with her new family. it was lovely to see how close she was to her parents.
Here are some of my most favorite shots out of the more than 800 pictures I took that day!
The send off of the bride was by far the most touching moment for me as a photographer during this wedding since I was experiencing something new. I am looking forward to shooting more weddings such as this one full of customs and traditions.