I’ve never used the word ‘swoon’ before, but as I considered how to describe Dara and Charlie’s wedding at the Richards-Hart Estate in Wheat Ridge ‘swoon’ is the word that stuck. It’s how I feel when I look at these photographs and it’s what my heart did as I witnessed these two commit their lives to one another.
When I started my career as a wedding photographer in 2006 I scoured the internet trying to find the best of the best in the world of wedding photography. I made a short list of photographers whose work I admired and who also in one way or another were ‘teachers’ – people I could learn from. Then I read their blogs every day, studied their work, and learned from them. Melissa Jill, an amazing Arizona wedding photographer, was one of those people and over the last 10 years I’ve had the chance to meet her in person a few times to the point where I would now call her a friend. So when she called and told me that she was photographing a wedding in Denver and needed some help I quickly said ‘Of course!’. I rarely shoot as the ‘2nd photographer’ but man, it was so fun!
And I don’t know if it was because I was the 2nd photographer and so the pressure I put on myself was smaller, or if Dara and Charlie’s wedding was just. that. special. – or maybe some strange combination of both – but I must say I was moved by this wedding and this lovely couple. Their heart for Jesus was so apparent as was their heart for one another. As I photographed them washing one another’s feet during the ceremony I did so through tears in my eyes. I’d say it started before that when Dara was singing and worshiping in the stairwell just before she walked down the aisle, but that wouldn’t be true. It started even earlier than that, I’m sure of it.
I hope you can feel it in these photographs. Because, I think, that’s why I take them… So Brides and Grooms and the whole rest of the world can experience the love.