This emotional wedding saw a number of uniquely touching moments, speaking both figuratively and literally.
Take the cover, for example—a tender gesture that I caught (alright, directed) in between the shots. However, it did not occur to me until I started writing the blog that their challenging and adventurous engagement session’s cover features a very similar touch! There is something about these two kind souls that drew me to unintentionally express their amorous and caring relationship, and not only towards each other but within their families and towards the outsiders like me.
More moments. It is usually a sure sign of an impending emotional wedding when bride and groom exchange love letters by the wedding day morning. I do not see it done often so witnessing them read sometimes gets rather sentimental. Having the bride’s little niece show her genuine artistic interest in documenting the morning preparations alongside with the pro was touching. (As it turned out, the young lady has more than one artistic side, later demonstrated in a standing ovation ballroom dancing performance.) Parents helping the bride with the dress and father helping with the shoes is something I had hardly seen. Parents standing there for the support during the first look, ready to offer a shoulder to wipe off bride’s tear is a touching moment. Groom taking photos of her bride is another rare one. Touching rings during the ceremony is either rare or I’ve always missed it in the past… Parents performing at the reception in a singing quartet… And of course, the couple’s own gentle affection and attention to each other, making the day go calmly and smoothly, just like an emotional wedding needs to.
On a personal and somewhat unrelated note, Ekaterina and Ross have radiated not only admiration, trust, and respect towards my work throughout our year-long relationship but were also celebrious and expressive about my personal changes in life, starting from my wedding to the recent encouragement and support in going for the Polar Bear Plunge. The latter will require a separate story.
Pleaseeeee do the Polar Bear Plunge so we can 1) come support and 2) talk about how we have a friend who did it!!
Although I had already started my training for the off-season open water swimming, I can say that it is these guys who brought about the very idea of the Plunge and I quickly signed up with the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States. As a show of even further support, my guys graciously donated to my own little Zorz Froze fundraiser that the Club is benefitting with the upcoming New Year’s Swim on January 1, 2016 where I will be going with my daughter and possibly some rooting friends. The funds will support Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. It is heart-warming to know that not only the studio gives back but the clients reflect on and share the notions. Or, even if only eager to freeze their rears for me!
My big “thank you” to you, guys, and many more to come and return!
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