It didn't happen like I thought it would. But it was exactly as it was supposed to be. In my mind, the timeline was different. It was controlled, with everything just in the right spot. With Bryce and I watching, waiting. In my mind, Maisie would take her first steps in a cute outfit, while I was taking photos, or better yet... with my arms outstretched to her. From Bryce, to me... she would wobble and then walk to us. It wasn't like that. I was surrounded by people I didn't know, in an unfamiliar place, the teacher said "a lot of kids take their first steps here at strong start". I was thinking, I hope Maisie doesn't. Then, as if answering and defying my thoughts... she took three steps. My jaw dropped. Literally. I sat staring in disbelief. The teacher "oh my gosh, oh my gosh". Me, a blank look on my face, and eyes wet. In shock. It didn't happen like I had planned it, like I wished it to be, but it was exactly as it was supposed to be. (Yes, still in disbelief that apparently my not yet 11 month old is walking)
Photographing weddings are like that too. You can plan, you can obsess, you can put everything into place. But they have a life of their own. Hard to control, you just have to move with them. I had never been to any of the venues, locations... or hadn't even spoken with Tristane before the wedding. But we just let it all unfold in front of us. Letting go of control, moving with the day, letting the images take form. This past Saturday with Tristane and Rob in Vancouver everything was exactly as it was supposed to be, and I love the results.
I first met Tristane's family in 2007 when her sister Martha was married to Tom at Strathcona Park Lodge, near Campbell River. Martha and Tom's wedding resulted in one of my favorite images ever... see post here. So you can imagine how happy and excited I was to be able to be a part of another amazing wedding with this amazing family.
A wedding story is best told with images. It was an honor.