It seems that we were destined to photograph Lianne and Chris’ wedding. Lianne claims that she knew we would be her wedding photographers before she even started dating Chris, and Chris admits that we were the non-negotiable part of the wedding planning process - music to our ears, obviously! As flattering as this is, the truth is that we also feel like we were meant to be there, as corny as that sounds.
When I think of Lianne, there is one word that comes to mind: kind. It is easy to see why Chris was drawn to her. She is the type of bride who wanted to make sure that everyone had everything they needed on her wedding day, and who casually went with the flow of the day while placing her total trust in the team she had chosen.
Chris was a little hard to read upon our first meeting, but we learned that we was a military man, who had served in Afghanistan. Despite being more reserved, the way he looked at Lianne gave me the hunch that he was actually a big softie. When we left our first meeting with them, I told Daniel that I “called tears” which is code for when we think someone will cry on the wedding day.
The morning of the wedding, I accidentally showed up at Chris’ house. Daniel and I had swapped addresses and while I intended to go to the girls, it seems I was destined to be with the boys this time. There is that word again: destiny. Chris was feeling all the feels, that much was obvious. He was in the moment, feeling so overwhelmed with his blessings. It was beautiful to see.
When he laid eyes on Lianne as she walked down the aisle, the tears I had “called” earlier finally manifested themselves. They kept going from there on, and peaked at the reception when one beautiful testimony after another was shared by their friends and family. Chris shared his own story of destiny, when he survived an attack in Afghanistan that made him truly grateful for everything, especially Lianne. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
“La hora loca” or crazy hour - a Latin American tradition where props are brought out onto the dance floor - kicked off the party and gave everyone a welcome release after all that emotion! And go loca they did!
At the end of the night, the only word that came to mind was "destiny." All of it just felt so meant to be. And I feel so lucky to have been a part of it.