I get that choosing your wedding photographer can be a daunting task. You have to trust some person you barely know to capture your precious memories on one of the biggest, most romantic days of your life. How can you even begin to pick the right photographer? It’s just not possible, you say! No stranger can understand our love!
First of all, take a deep breath. Feel better? Great. Now, why don’t I tell you the story of how I got engaged to my wife. It’s a good story and it will help you to get to know me. It all started with just a couple of words. A sentence that, to this day, means the world to my family and me: “Eighty-five times to the moon and back.”
Once, when we were dating, Jackie asked me how much I loved her. From my heart I answered, “to the moon and back.” Little by little, as our relationship deepened, the answer would change. “I love you three times to the moon and back”, I would say. “I love you four times to the moon and back!”
In a few months, Jackie wanted to know how much I would need to love her to marry her. Without thinking I answered, “eighty-five times to the moon and back.”
From that moment on when she asked me how much I loved her, the number would increase by leaps and bounds: “I love you twelve times to the moon and back!” “I love you twenty-three times to the moon and back!” “thirty-eight times!” “forty-four times!” “seventy times to the moon and back!”
In August 2004, I flew out to visit Jackie in Los Angeles, where she was working for a couple of weeks. After a lovely day together we ate dinner at a quirky restaurant on the beach in Malibu. We decided to take a stroll along the water and ended up on a blanket watching the sun set over the ocean. As Jackie kept her eyes on the sky, I snuck out a small glass bottle with a message I’d written inside and hid it in the wet sand. With a little help from me, she stumbled across the bottle moments later. “Look, honey!” I said innocently, “It’s a message in a bottle!” Curious, Jackie picked the bottle up, uncorked it, and pulled out the scroll. As she read the message tears sprung to her eyes. It said: “I love you 85 times to the moon and back.”
By the time she looked up, I was on my knee holding the ring. I asked her to marry me. Jackie fell in to my arms and said yes. We were married on November 3rd, 2006.
The day you get married to your best friend isn’t about the size of the venue or the number of guests. It’s not about the flavor of the cake or flower arrangements. It’s simply about two people madly in love with each other, the intimate connection they share, and the memories they create along the way. After the food has been eaten, the presents have been opened, and the dress is hanging in your closet, your wedding day will still be with you – in your memories and in the images captured that day.
The most successful photographs are those that stand the test of time. They preserve genuine, intimate, and playful moments that otherwise only live in our memories. I photograph people in these moments. Authentic photographs will transport you back in time and allow you to relive emotions of your wedding day twenty, thirty, or even forty years from now. Your memories will last a lifetime.
I am blessed to photograph people on one of the happiest days of their lives, telling the story of their love through images. Whether you elope in New York City or plan a romantic destination wedding, together we will make sure you remember this day just as it was – with love and happiness.