These two are such a joy to photograph. There were so many meaningful pieces incorporated into every moment of their day and every decoration. It was such an honor to be part of documenting all of these pieces. I have taken photos of both of them in the past, and one of my favorite things about photography is how it allows me to join people on the journey.
These two went through a lot to get to each other where they are now, and yet are so thankful to be brought together. I remember Erin at one point describing the relationship as Kintsukuroi. Kintsukuroi is a Japanese word to describe the art of repairing broken pottery with gold – making it more beautiful for having been broken. Erin & Max may have had things that broke them in the past, but their relationship filled those breaks with gold and they are more beautiful together because of it.
They chose to have Erin walk down the aisle to Rascal Flatts “Here”. Here is just a small excerpt of the lyrics:
And I wouldn’t change a thing
I’d walk right back through the rain
Back to every broken heart
On the day that it was breakin’
And I’d relive all the years
And be thankful for the tears
I’ve cried with every stumbled step
That led to you and got me here, right here
They are kind and respectful to each other, and loving parents to both of their children. One of the moments that made me cry was when their youngest rushed into Erin’s eyes for a hug and with happy tears following the ceremony. The day itself was cold and rainy and icy. Some people could not make it due to treacherous conditions, plans and expectations for the day changed, the power wavered even with generators. And through it all they remained calm and joyful and focused on the purpose of the day. Because it was just one more step to lead them to right here.