I was at a coffee shop today preparing images for this post when a couple tapped me on the shoulder because they saw the images and wanted to know more. After some conversation - she’s a model and he’s a classical pianist - they asked me what it was about weddings that I like most. I just gestured at the photo of Youssef + Mary that was on my screen. That was my short answer.
The longer answer is because I get to meet people like Youssef and Mary. I get to be there on this momentous day in their lives - a day they’ve planned for so long, a day they’ve thought about before they even met each other. I get to document this microcosm of human experience and see the relationships with their most special people that define them.
And I get to have fun with them in the rain because rain (so much rain!) is just background music to this story, the story of their lives that were rich and fulfilling yet somehow unfinished until they met.
I get to be awed by Mary’s incredible intellect, kindness, and sarcastic side-eye. I get to be blown away by Youssef’s analytical mind, love of fine wines, and unflappability (along with his love of J.Crew).
There’s also things like getting to do all this at Winterthur with incredible professionals like Erin and her team from Proud to Plan whose copious binders and ability to pull off the seemingly impossible are the stuff of legend. And I also get to work with gifted storytellers like Ron and his team from RL Media Production.
That’s some of the stuff I like about weddings. It’s mainly people like Mary + Youssef.
Special thanks to Nick at Artistic Imagery for trusting me fully with this cherished couple.