Relationships. When it comes down to it, they are what wedding days are made of. At the core of this wedding, of course, was the relationship between Joriana and Jay, a young couple who built a strong foundation with the support of their close friends and family and in accordance with their faith. Each of their respective families played their part in raising two exceptional individuals who would find their perfect match in the other. Jay's relationship with his mother was so powerful, it actually made me sob when they shared their mother-son dance at the reception (in my defense, I had just given birth to my son a few months earlier!). Joriana, an only child, shares an unmistakable closeness with both of her parents, particularly her mother with whom she works as a wedding photographer. Her father's face when he saw her for the first time as a bride, and her mother's hug before heading off to the ceremony, were powerful manifestations of their bond. It was these moments, where the strength of all of these relationships were demonstrated, that we witnessed all throughout Joriana and Jay's wedding day. The expression "it takes a village" came to mind several times, especially when friends and family members shared stories of the couple's childhood and courtship. As wedding photographers themselves, it comes to no surprise that Joriana and her mom Mindy were exceptionally thorough as they planned this wedding! No detail was overlooked as they determined what they wanted this event to look like and feel like. They even selected extra long sparklers for the couple's exit so they would stay lit longer - an example of wedding photographers having the wedding photographers' back, no doubt!
It was an honor and a privilege to witness and document the relationships that made this day, and this couple, come together. The love and respect shared throughout the crowd was extended to us, and we are so thankful for this.
You can view our favorite images from the day, above.