Wedding

Maire + Peter :: Wedding Photography, Columbus, Ohio

Maire + Peter :: Wedding Photography, Columbus, Ohio

Do you know that poem, As Kingfishers Catch Fire?

If you don't, I recommend stepping into your introverted, poetry-enlightened self and reading it. Just wait to be tucked into the floral folds of all the beautiful words:

I say more: the just man justices

Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;

Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is -

Christ - for Christ plays in ten thousand places, 


Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his

To the Father through the features of men's faces.

This day was these words. It spoke the truth that each of us is Christ, all leading one another to heaven through our lives laid out on earth.

Maire and Peter, may you continue to lead one another upward through your lovely marriage, blossomed in beauty.

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McKenna + Nathaniel :: Wedding Photography, Columbus, Ohio

 I told him to tell her a secret. It must have been a good one.

I told him to tell her a secret. It must have been a good one.

I don't know if you're the kind of person to scroll all the way through blog posts, so I've made sure to cater to you all who, like me, have a very short attention span. 

The first three photos.

All it takes to get a glimpse of the sacred day that was McKenna and Nathaniel's wedding day is to behold the ineffable contentment and joy on their faces in these photos. Even just in the tiny sliver of it that you see in the first one there.

But the photos, as they never truly do, don't totally do it justice. The day was wonderful in that it was one completely centered on the sacramental. It was centered on what was happening on the altar, not on the dance floor (though they made it hard to tell while they were sweating to the big-band!!)

Three uniquely special tidbits from this day:

  1. The flower girls told me early on in the day that they "looove taking pictures!", so I had delightful shadows the whole day, making for excellent photos of these very cute, soon-to-be photogs.
  2. The bride asked me if she'd be in the way if she said a prayer in front of the statue of St. Joseph, which happened to be right behind where I was taking a photo of her groom. I told her, no, definitely not.
  3. For reasons related entirely to lighting, I hardly ever get excited about posting photos in the church, during the ceremony, and certainly not as the ones that tell the beauty of the day, but alas, I couldn't help myself.

Onward, McKenna and Nathaniel! Onward to a life held in sacred holiness, imitating the day you began it together.

Enjoy,

Rachel

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Carol + Ethan :: Wedding Photography, Columbus, Ohio

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The snow makes everything still.

It was a phrase that came to us mid-Advent, I think, as we were bustling to tie ribbons and check items off lists. We wanted to slow down, because waiting is what that season of anticipation is, after all. But slowness requires quiet, and quiet, stillness. And stillness in a world of movement and deals and bang-for-your-buck is just hard sometimes. So, we put it in big-lettered boldness on our mantle:

J O Y   I N   T H E   S T I L L N E S S

And we kept finding it, not only tucked away in the fire-lit evenings of cold December, but also on the altar on the day before Christmas Eve.

As the white snow fell down in big, fluffy flakes outside the stained-glass windows, the church where Carol and Ethan were committing their lives to the hardship and bliss of marriage was full of all the joy in the world. And all of the stillness. 

It was a beautiful sight to witness, these two very young ones, surrounded by their friends - souls brimming with courageous faith - who were defying all the hustle and bustle of the world by sitting in silence, waiting for their life to begin together.

It was an honor to witness your day through the lens, Carol and Ethan, and may the joy continue to be tucked in the stillness of your freshly married hearts.

Enjoy,

Rachel

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Amanda & Andrew :: Wedding Photo, Columbus, Ohio

Amanda & Andrew :: Wedding Photo, Columbus, Ohio

...Maid-of-Honor Toast / Best Man Toast / Groom Toast...

I always love it when the reception schedule for the wedding we're photographing looks like this. It's always a treat to hear from the bride and/or groom at their wedding, smitten and joy filled in this climax of a moment.

The words shared by the groom and this wedding were particularly inspiring to me. He said, and I paraphrase, "I'm grateful to both of our parents, married some 60 years total between the two couples. It is because of you that Jordan and I get to stand here."

It's that cyclical, engendering, never-ending fount of indestructibility. Indestructibility. Life that gives life that gives life that gives life that....

I realized all in a moment the opportunity that my husband and I have - that all couples have - to plant the seeds of tireless self-gift that enable their children and those all around them to do the same.

At risk of a wedding photographer sounding a little obsessed, I will say without restraint that every single wedding I witness is an invigorating slice of encouragement to me. It's an encouragement not only to recommit to my own marriage, but to recommit to every relationship in my life. This groom made it clear how important it is - that each choice I make to serve the other person is one little shard of glass in a life-long mosaic that is a proof that fulness and joy are on just the other side of that sharp pang of self-denial.

So, Matthew and Jordan, here's to the beginning of your many seed-spreading years.

Enjoy!

Rachel

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Zach + Nina :: Wedding Photography Columbus, Ohio

Spice.

That's mainly what I have to say in regards to this wedding. It was most definitely the spiciest wedding I've ever photographed, and possibly ever been to. 

I met Zach a long time ago through other weddings I'd shot. (In fact, I discovered a couple days before the wedding that our moms knew one another years and years ago...#catholictiesrundeep). I met Nina, though, for the first time when shooting their engagement photos earlier this year. Nina is from Venezuela and, apart from being so much fun to photograph, was also gracious in allowing me to exercise my love for speaking (altogether stumbling) in EspaƱol.

One of my favorite things about Z + N was witnessing how their personalities and cultures so harmoniously blended into one. The proof lies in my favorite moments of the reception, where both Zach's family from the US and Nina's family straight from Venezuela filled the room: a giant beer mug (GIANT) passed around to everyone, bilingual toasts, something called "crazy hour" where everyone danced to music from all over the world and wore costumes...but most, most, 

most of all...

the spicy dancing.

It's always a bittersweet moment when it's time for us to leave a wedding. We are sad and happy to wrap up a full day of good photo taking, and then also filled with excitement to go and pick up Edith and squeeze her. When it came time for Tim and I to leave this reception, we simply didn't want to. I was filled with strong desires to keep watching all the amazing latin dancing, but also with visions of me having one ounce of the rythm and coordination to imitate what was happening around me. I kept mentally running through scenes from the movie "Dance With Me" (one word: Cheyenne) and told Tim we were renting it stat when we got home. We did.

Enjoy,

Rachel

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