The Power of Photography: Preserving Memories
Like so many of my brides and grooms, I felt a strong connection to Becca and Steve. In fact, shortly after we met, we set up a double date! Steve is kind and caring, and Becca is bubbly and outgoing. They are fantastic conversationalists and are so loving to one another. It’s so much fun when clients become great friends!
Becca is the one that popped the question! Isn’t that cool? In Finland, where Steve’s family is from, it is good luck to be proposed to on Leap Day. In Ireland, where Becca’s ancestors are from, it is tradition for a woman to propose on Leap Day. Becca is so incredibly thoughtful and put so much planning into the romantic Leap Day proposal. She arranged for the Grandad’s Bluff fireplace to be roaring and the mantel decorated with photos of them. Becca and Steve went for a drive and when they got to the bluff, Becca read Steve a love letter and got down on one knee. (You can read the story and see their proposal photo here.) The couple started planning their June wedding shortly after!
Because Steve and Becca got married during the COVID-19 pandemic, they were only able to have about 25 people attend their wedding ceremony at Prince of Peace in West Salem. I made sure to take a lot of photos so that they were able to preserve this special memory for the friends and family that weren’t able to attend. Becca and Steve had so much fun being goofy and taking photos with each other. They mentioned to me that being around Ben and me created a super fun experience. This joyful atmosphere that I created for them allowed them to relax and be themselves!
What I Loved Most About the Day
Making the decision to invest in a quality wedding photographer is not something you will regret! Becca and Steve were not originally planning on hiring professional photographers to cover their big day. However, after meeting with us and seeing our work, they decided that they really wanted professionals to capture the event that many of their loved ones wouldn’t be able to attend. We captured everyone in attendance and even some who weren’t there in person but participated via Zoom. I’m so happy that Becca and Steve made the decision to hire us so that we could give them the photos that they wanted and needed to share with those who could not be there face-to-face.
To ensure that Becca and Steve could share this special moment with everyone, I edited a batch of the images the same day as the ceremony and uploaded them to their wedding Facebook group. Friends and family were just ecstatic that they got to see these two beginning their lives together in such a timely manner.
I met with the couple for their private reveal party. They loved their images, and picked out a custom leather album. We chatted for a long time about the importance of wedding photography for future generations. Becca had images of her grandparents and parents from their weddings to show me. I agree 100% that our children and grandchildren will appreciate our wedding albums someday!
When it comes to one of the most important days of your life, a great photographer has the power to capture precious moments for you to cherish forever, especially during a pandemic when guest lists are limited. Thank you Becca and Steve for trusting us to preserve your memories of this very special day that you can share for years to come!
Photography: Emily Jean Photography