When my best friend Kim called me to tell me she was engaged, one of the first things we talked about – after squeeing into the phone for five minutes – was who her bridesmaids were going to be. Kim and I have known each other since we were 12 (I’d appreciate it if you didn’t ask me how long ago that was!) and talked about being in each other’s weddings well before either of us were even close to being married.
Kim was the maid of honor at my wedding and I was looking forward to being a bridesmaid in hers. As our conversation progressed, the topic of wedding photography came up and Kim said to me, “Can’t you be a bridesmaid and the photographer at the same time? I don’t want anyone else to shoot my wedding!”
While I appreciated the gesture, I had been gearing up to be a bridesmaid in this particular wedding since I was 12 and there was no way I was going to work it as well! Normally I absolutely love shooting friends’ weddings because it allows me to really be a part of the day, but this is the one friend’s wedding I did not want to photograph. So, I plainly answered Kim’s question with a simple, “Um, no.”
So, we agreed that she would hire another photographer and I would just enjoy the day as a best friend and bridesmaid. Mark Leonard was hired as the photographer for the day. It was an interesting feeling not walking around at a wedding with all of my camera gear strapped to me, but I managed. ;) And, I have to admit I did have my camera nearby most of the day and captured a few moments. I am used to seeing the world through my lens, after all, so it wouldn’t have felt right to go the entire day without making any images at all.
So, here’s the wedding of Kim and Johnny as seen through the eye of a bridesmaid. Kim and Johnny, I love you both so much and cannot be happier that you’re on this lifetime journey together. Kim, you are my oldest and dearest friend and I don’t know where I would be without you. Johnny, thank you for taking care of her so well.
Love these shots of Kim’s sister and brother (who are, for all intents and purposes MY brother and sister) getting ready.
And how beautiful is my best friend? Right?!
This shot of Kim’s grandpa seeing her in her dress for the first time brings tears to my eyes every time. Kim and her grandpa have a very special relationship so I know how amazing this moment was.
This adorable little guy is Kim and Johnny’s nephew, Lyndon. He is the most smiley baby ever, I loved him!
Lyndon looked quite dashing in his kilt. Here he is with his proud grandma Linda and aunt Kimmy.
I was kicking back watching Mark take some portraits of Kim when I caught her mom watching them and fighting back tears. That’s her baby girl in a wedding dress, about to get married! Such a beautiful moment that I don’t think Kim was even aware happened.
From the sneak peek…
And probably my favorite image from the day…
And look! I don’t have any photos from the ceremony because I was in it! Weird. The reception got under way and the normally subdued Johnny got a little, um, freaky with it.
And Kim wasn’t exactly a wallflower…
So there you have it, my best friend’s wedding. It was a truly great day.