planner: rosetree weddings & events
flowers: la petite fleur
dress: a&bé bridal shop
catering: deco catering
dj: instant request
the happenings, stories & thoughts of twin photogs
thank you to a couple who wears black. the ones who move from texas and want the cold, snow, and the real minnesota winter. the ones who appreciate and understand the process of making. the meaning of creating. you truly refreshened our winter.
i’ve been waiting to post these images for some time now. not only do they represent some of my proudest work, they sum up what a wedding should be all about: not the traditions, not the perfectly planned timeline of events, but the love of two individuals and the day unraveling as it will.
while i’m not one to come up with the exact words to express my feelings right in the moment, straight from the heart makes it all the more special, so i’m okay with my teary-eyed, blubbery self that is in their wedding video. had i written a script, these are the exact words (from an instagram post of mine soon after the wedding) that sum it all up:
i can’t help but feel i was apart of something special, i mean vastly greater than words can even properly convey. a love more genuine than any other i’ve ever witnessed, a marriage that will only be stronger than it will be the day before, with a man made perfectly too perfect for her. what’s left to be desired for your little sister? i underestimated the powerful emotions i would have on her wedding day – specifically wishing dad could have given her one of his unforgettable hugs, to tell her how proud he is, and though they never had the chance to meet, his undying approval of alex because his character is much too similar to his own. but in my opinion, i couldn’t be more certain he was there in some form, in the grassy highlands acting as the wind at her back with mom, my dad’s one true love, walking her to meet her one true love at the end of the aisle. i was a tearful, snot-filled mess behind the camera and wouldn’t have wanted it any other way because i also have that one true love and it’s greater than life itself.
i can’t and won’t be able to thank alex & jamie enough for committing their lives to one another in a beautiful land they love so much. my mom and grandma made their first journey out of the country and opened their eyes to what this great world has to offer, to see why we embrace traveling so much rather than things. you gain more life and perspective out of it than you ever could from a brand new anything. thank you for trusting that i was capable of documenting this day. and for venturing back out to capture the essence of scotland, without 50mph winds, a couple days later.
now feast your eyes on the most moving video i’ve ever seen! i seriously cry every single time i watch it. chris martin of sky focus films is the most talented videographer jamie and i have ever worked with, so to work alongside him at my sister’s wedding was truly a privilege AND having his wife there was like winning the bonus round. we appreciate your kind, kind hearts immensely.
earlier this spring, we were approached with the opportunity to do something a little different from the ordinary. our time is primarily spent with couples during engagement sessions and weddings and peppered here and there with an occasional senior session or family shoot. so when this collab popped into our inbox, we were immediately interested. we were chosen to fly down to st. louis for a day spent with darryl and his dapperness and a few days later, spent time in sarah’s home. we still reflect on these shoots today. the feeling of a challenge, the on-your-toes thinking and creating while altogether collaborating brought new experiences for us and we hope to see more of these opportunities in the future. you can see darryl and sarah’s shining faces on the j. hilburn stylist website (first images in their photo sets) along with their snazzy spreads in the j. hilburn mailer (second and third images of their spreads). the rest of the images were handfuls we pulled as our dazzlers from each shoot. until next time, folks, where you’ll be back to seeing some smiling mugs of couples.