"When I saw her coming down the aisle to me, I felt like she was royalty. A queen."
That sentence struck my little love chord and I remembered it. I think husbands should treat their wives like royalty - delicately, respectfully, honorably, gently and magnificently.
Jonathan, the now husband of little lovely Susie, treats Susie like royalty. He truly does. In all the weddings I have shot, I think I would be hard pressed to find a man who treated his bride better.
But I rush ahead of myself, as always :D Two weeks ago I second shot for my best friend Lydia.
Back in February, Lydia called me and left me a six-minute long message that began with this "Kristen, you have to shoot this wedding with me!" The rest of the message was Lydia reading to me the falling-in-love and proposal story of her new couple, Jonathan and Suzy.
Just a brief version is that Jonathan planned to take Susie to the top of a mountain, where a picnic, album of their relationship, flowers and candles awaited them. On the way up the mountain 5-foot-tall Susie didn't feel well. Jonathan scooped her up and carried her up the rest of the mountain.
Really. I am going to be ruined for men if I keep hearing stories like this. How precious is that?
I promptly called Lydia back and told her I would absolutely shoot the quaint, adorable, farm wedding with her. I was intrigued -- is this couple too good to be true?
Internet, they are real. They are as cute as they seem and they really are real.
Here is an example of the cute that they are. After Suzy had gotten her dress on, we headed upstairs to take pictures. Lyd was counting bridesmaids and someone was looking for the bouquets.
All of a sudden I hear this little squeeeeeal! of delight behind me. Then a soft "clunkclunkclunkclunkclunk" of heels. I turn around to see Susie twirling on the dance floor, spinning her dress, grinning ear-to-ear. All alone. Just enjoying the moment as a bride.
Another precious moment was when Susie's dad came to see her for the first time. They talked alone, and prayed together. It always brings tears to my eyes when I see dad's with their baby girls as brides.
Wedding day could not have been more stunning. Even though it was gloomy and even raining before the ceremony, it ended up being just glorious out!
Here are some "second shooter" details from the ceremony:
Now it's looOooove bird time!
One of my favorite songs in the world is "Little Moments" by Brad Paisley and this line always gets me:
When she steals my heart again
And doesn't even know it,
Yeah, I live for little moments like that
Throughout the day, thats what seemed like kept happening.
Susie just had this way of stealing Jonathan's heart over and over again.
While she was giggling, while she was looking at a bird fly by, while she was singing a little song about sunshine.
It was ridiculously cute. I could have watched them together for hours. If they were the stars of a movie, I would see the movie opening night, and go again the next day and pre-order my DVD copy.
He carried her again :D :D :D Oooh my my my.
Jonathan and Susie, I have no words to let you know how excited I am that God has brought you together! You are going to have an amazing life, serving and glorifying Him!
And Lydia, thank you for bringing me along :D