A week and a half before we left Texas for this wedding weekend, we received shocking news --- like, potentially life-altering medical news --- the kind you never want to receive. I was using every survival tactic I've ever had to develop just to get through the week, just to be able to concentrate enough to drive safely, just to be able to get out of bed.
When I realized this new development might hinder my ability to be 100% myself for this wedding, I decided to tell the bride. I wanted Jane to know what was going to be prancing around in the back of my brain on her wedding day, just in case I needed to pop into a closet or a bathroom stall to catch my breath or cry.
She responded with the one of the kindest, most gracious e-mails I'd ever received. You see, Jane isn't even 30 years old and she's already had open heart surgery. So has her mom. Her family is no stranger to hard news or physical suffering. In the moments it took me to read her e-mail, I realized how good God was to have allowed it to be HER wedding I was shooting that weekend.
And then the doorbell rang...
Jane sent me cupcakes - a dozen cupcakes. And I ate them all that week (except for one, which I shared with a friend) because therapy cupcakes don't have calories.
And then when I showed up on her wedding day, she asked me how I was really doing. Who does that?! Who, on the week of her destination wedding, sends someone else a gift? Who, on their wedding day, has a big enough heart to pull away from the celebration just for a moment to check on her photographer?
This is the kind of people Jane + Patrick are. They really, deeply love their people.
I was so lucky to shoot this wedding - not only so that I could share one of the coolest cities in the world with three of my favorite people, but so that I could be around Jane + Patrick during such a difficult time in our life.
I'm so excited that these two are now married. They're going to love so many people well - together - and the world is better off because of it.
Jane + Patrick,
I can't thank you enough for being so loving and gracious with me during your wedding season and on the big day. I feel so lucky to have met you both, and I hope these first two weeks of marriage have been the absolute best.