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For a long time I was a little embarassed by my emotions. I would stuff them down under a composed exterior, the in-control Christa. It wasn’t until I met and fell in love with my own dear Husband that I finally became comfortable with embracing them.
Not only have I become more relateable (so my mom says, and you know she’s always right) but its made me a better photographer. Father/Daughter moments really do make me cry and seeing a groom’s fierce love for his bride gets me every time.
What I would say to a younger me is this: Let go of your emotional inhibitions and shoot with unbridled passion. Shoot it like you want to shoot it, deep down, not like what’s just expected of you or the way other photographers do. Jump out of the box sooner, stick to your guns and continue developing your signature look. Stop second guessing yourself in the moment and lead your clients right to the point you want them. Spend your time looking forward, stop being scared and jump.
A wedding isn’t just a wedding. It’s an event that integrates the personalities, vision, taste and passion of two individuals. Never has that been more obvious to me than this wedding at Zenith Vineyards. For the first time ever, I was completely surprised by a twist in the ceremony. Aaron Pratt and Whitney Stevens have chosen to start a new legacy, instead of carrying the grooms last name the bride and groom will now be known as Mr and Mrs Shepherd. What a reflection of what marriage is…two families, two individuals coming together to start a new union.
In perhaps the funniest ceremony blooper ever, the wine tipped, starting to wreak havoc on Whitney’s veil right in the middle of the closing prayer. The silence was broken by Whitney and Aaron cracking up, trying not to overshadow the final “Amen”. You know a girl has some serious confidence when she can laugh at herself in the middle of her own wedding. I’m telling you, this couple was really really cool.
Photographing these two was such a joy. They were really able to embrace the moment and just be alone with their new spouse. This was really special to watch. The excitement starts to sink in, they hold each other, laugh and settle down and just be themselves.
Thank you Aaron and Whitney for trusting me to capture your once-in-a-lifetime memories. At the end of the day I was exhausted and so satisfied. Crafting your wedding story was such a great honor and honestly, I had such a blast. Like really. It was so much fun. Many many blessings on your marriage- it’s so worth the work! Cheers to many more years- Christa
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Many thanks to Jamie Rae Photo for her mad skills as my second shooter
Florals: Little Wild Flower PDX
Hair/Makeup: Face Body Beauty , Michelle Lummus
Cake Artist: Myriad Cake Design
DJ: The Aussie DJ