It has taken me a while to be ready to talk about this wedding. It was a beautiful wedding to celebrate two great individuals coming together. But this day will always be one I remember for another reason.

The day started pretty typical for a wedding day. I was pumped, I knew Mindy and Joshua from school and was incredibly excited to be there to see them commit their lives to one another. I had asked my awesome second shooter if she would be able to drive us there as my husband needed our car that day. We were jazzed and ready, we stopped for coffee on the way. It was going to be a great day, as it always is when we get to tag-team weddings. On our way there, we were chatting about some cool things happening in our lives. But, just as we were about to enter the venue, we were hit by an on-coming car on my side. I blacked out for a brief moment, but when I came-to my mind and my body teamed up to pull of their greatest stunt yet: keeping calm and doing the job, no matter what.

My second shooter was obviously incredibly shaken up and ended up needing to go to the hospital for wrist and chest pain. After I made sure everyone was taken care of and I was free to go, I ran over to the venue to get the job done. At the end of the day, they were getting married with or without me and I didn’t want to let their special day go by without being captured. This was by far one of the hardest days.

I was lucky enough that my dad was able to take my second shooter’s camera and fill in for her, while my husband came to help her gather things from her car. Together, and later with the help of one of the bride’s family members with another camera, we made a great team and still managed to provide this couple with a great set of images.

So often my generation gets treated as universally lazy and incapable of perseverance. I can’t even begin to tell you how hurtful those messages are to people my age. The majority of us are hard workers, creative, brave, and strong. I hope this story shows that.

Now, I don’t want this post to be all about me and my story. I share my story with you only so that you may gain a new perspective for my generation.

So, now I want to share about Mindy and Joshua’s beautiful wedding.

I met Mindy when I changed my major at school. We both changed our majors from Music Business to Studio Art. We spent many mornings in our 3D Principles of Design class talking about our futures while cutting cardboard and carving soap. We talked a lot about Mindy’s dreams for her future wedding. She asked me then about being her photographer long before they were engaged. I, of course was thrilled. So when I received the official message, in early 2018, about being their photographer, I was excited.

Their wedding was held in this cabin-esque venue I had never seen before, but they transformed the space with beautiful flowers and greenery.

Some photos my dad captured:

I’m so grateful to be alive and to continue doing what I love so much.