Yesterday, I had an awesome session for a 6 year old and her family at a very sentimental spot. I took a selfie and sent to my husband while there and of course we were all 'heart eyes' over WHY it was such an important spot for us
Of all the weddings I've photographed in my career so far, would you believe I myself, DID NOT have a traditional wedding? No wedding venue, no bridal party, no cake, no first dance....
My husband and I got engaged October 15th, 2008 (for all you PHILLIES fans out there - why is this date so significant??) and we set our wedding for April 2010. All the planning was going well - we had our venue (Valley Green Inn.. SWOON), our florist, dress, tux, photographer, you name it! About halfway through, I just got tired of the planning. I was losing focus on what the day was REALLY about. I sat down with my (now) husband and talked about my anxieties and planning this wedding in general and we both decided to just bag the whole 'traditional' wedding and JUST GET MARRIED. So.... we did! crazy right? To all the vendors out there, can you imagine getting a call from your bride saying that you are cancelling your wedding and moving up the date?? I think I'd be a little stunned if I got that call!! (to all my wedding vendors on our big day, I thank you SO much for being so understanding and awesome)
We've been very happily married for 8.5 years now, and every time I look back at our day, I still get as emotional as I did the first time I saw my husband. As a wedding photographer, I look back and wished I'd done things a little bit different. There are a lot of things I missed such as 'cutting the cake', our dances, having a great party with our friends/family, etc.
If you are wondering why I'm writing this blog, it is definitely not to deter you as a bride to STOP your wedding planning!! No.. No! I want you to understand that every wedding, no matter the size, the kind of flowers you got, what band you booked, the most amazing photographer.. is about you and your fiancee. Of course, I LOVE to photograph the most gorgeous local flowers, the most beautiful dress, the most breathtaking venue - as long as this day represents you as a couple that is all that matters.
While I feel I missed out on a lot of the traditional wedding day events, I also look back and realize that our wedding day is WHO WE ARE as a couple - I really wouldn't change it for the world. Besides, when I get the chance to photograph your wedding, it feels just as special being apart of your day as if it were my own.
ALRIGHT... enough ranting - here is a little peek at OUR wedding day.
every single person on our wedding day
Photography: David DiFuntorum Photography
Floral: Petals Lane
Lace Bolero: Etsy
Suit: Calvin Klein
Hair/Make up: Gary Charles Salon
Venue: Carl Kohler Park | Horsham PA
Rachel; passionate, artistic, capturer of all things wonderful