𝗜’𝗺 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰.
I’m cackling at such a weird statement. But it’s true. LOL, what? Come on Maria, we all know that you’re all about the lovey dovey stuff.
𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝘁.
I almost stopped shooting weddings bc of a heartbreak that happened years ago.
Summers back, I shot a wedding, went home, downloaded their photos on to my hard drive, & as I scrolled through their pics.. Yeah, I couldn’t handle it. I slammed my laptop shut & cried. Wondering when my time was gonna come & then telling myself that wedding photography wasn’t for me. I almost ended my career.😐 like.. 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯.
I love love…I’ve always said it. But love never seemed to stick around for me.🤷🏽♀️ So I just shrugged at the thought of it. And maybe that was my way of coping with it. I ignored it. Which is wild cause I’ve documented love for a long time. I guess I was living vicariously through my couples.
When the enneagram was a hot topic, the test said I’m a 4. I was shocked (which is ironically v 4 of me) But, sure enough, it boldly stated that I was a hopeless romantic. & 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗕𝗘𝗧𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗕𝗘𝗟𝗜𝗘𝗩𝗘 𝗜 𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧👏🏼 𝗨𝗣 👏🏼𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗜𝗘𝗗 👏🏼𝗜𝗧.
“Sure”, I shrugged, “I love love. I love hearing how people met, who doesn’t?” (Literally cackling rn at so much self denial)
But me, Maria Lara, having a love story like that?
𝘕𝘈𝘏 I thought.
I remember telling people that the reason I don’t cry at ceremonies was bc I had to focus on my job, or I was simply callus to the whole thing already bc of how many weddings I have shot.🤣🙄 𝘐𝘮 𝘴𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨
But the more I pondered on the idea, the more I just had to admit to myself, yeah… I’m in denial w/ myself.🤣 I really had grown callus to love FOR ME.
𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗜 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘁 𝗞𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗘𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻’𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗱𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴💥
This photograph was the precise moment Ethan says “I Do” and ya’ll… I cried.
This wedding broke me.
& grace met me where struggle left me. Since then, I’ve slowly been accepting the idea of me being a little🤪 hopelessly romantic.
Took me a minute. But here I am in deep realization and slow recovery of something apparently everyone else knew, but me.🤷🏽♀️🤍😂
Little moments like these are what make up the full story of your wedding!
My most popular wedding package, The Classic Wedding (8-hour coverage) is the most popular for a reason: because it enables us to get photos all the way from your time getting ready until your dance party.
I always encourage couples to prioritize getting ready photos because that time of the day is often when the most beautiful moments happen: you're with your close family members & friends, who are helping you prepare for one of the biggest days of your life. There's usually lots of tears, hugs, and smiles because it's an emotional part of the day.
You get photos taken of the small details that make up your day, you see yourself in your wedding dress for the first time, and the emotions are finally all hitting.
Never discount the importance of getting ready photos! They're truly one of the most special parts of the day.💕