I think every wedding photographer (or even non-wedding photographers) will always remember the first wedding they have the privilege to photograph. I was contacted about Tristan and Aubyn’s wedding at the last second, because a photographer had fallen through on travel plans. The wedding ceremony and reception were the epitome of Do It Yourself weddings. It was on a small cliff point at the Muir Beach Overlook. The family had decorated the area themselves, the father played the flute while Aubyn walked down the “aisle”. Tristan’s brother officiated the wedding and a girl no more than 15 years old made the wedding cake.
It was absolutely amazing. Together in front of their family and friends, Tristan and Aubyn, made a solemn and tearful oath to love, honor, and cherish. In that moment it seemed like their love extended far beyond the view the cliffs could provide. “It just couldn’t have been a more perfect day,” the Bride’s mother exhaled.
As a photographer, I always go back to my earliest work and semi-cringe at how I edited the pictures. I hope I am not the only one that does this. I remember being a little scared at the wedding because the sun was out in full force. But, I know that I got some good shots. I picked out a few of my favorites and re-edited them? Why? Just for fun, and so I won’t forget that it was small weddings like Tristan and Aubyn’s that prepared me for the huge wedding extravaganzas that I have photographed after.
I want to thank you Tristan and Aubyn, not only for letting me feel at ease behind my camera, but for welcoming me into such a private and heartfelt moment with you, your family and friends and for allowing me to grow as a photographer.