Welcome to the first Tuesday Top 5 (which is actually being published on a Friday). Inspired largely by my love for the movie High Fidelity, Tuesday Top 5 will highlight lists of random things I love (or hate). What better way to kick of Tuesday Top 5 than with a post about the babes I love the most…MY BRIDES!?
The Top 5 Reasons I Love My Brides:
5. They are more Audrey than Marilyn.
My brides are so classy and timelessly beautiful. They are the kind of girls you call pretty, beautiful or gorgeous. They most often don’t even know how pretty they are (which makes my job even more fun!). They adore their grooms. They are modest and sweet. And I love them all.
4. They trust me.
For example, when I told Melanie that it would be a great idea to take her wedding day portraits on the side of the road because, “The light is amazing, I promise!” she didn’t question it at all. …and the results were stunning!
3. They write thank you notes.
And I keep every. single. one. Handwritten notes are one of favorite things ever. I find it to be an honor to know that, in a crazy, busy technological world, someone would take the time to sit down and write a thank you card. It makes me feel very special. I love writing them too! I pride myself on my thank you card collection.
2. They love their pets as if they are children.
You guys…I text my brides earlier this week at 9:00 at night asking for pet selfies…24 hours later my phone and email were flooded with images. I love these girls SO much! I talk to my dogs like they are people and speak on their behalf as well, so it make sense that my brides are the same kind of crazy animals lovers.
1. They are the kindest human beings around.
All of my brides hold a special place in my heart. They are the sweetest, most genuine and joyful girls around and I love them. Throughout the wedding process, (or sometimes instantly) they become my friends. They regularly ask about Ava, text me on my birthday, share their excitement with me when they get pregnant and we follow each other on social media. They go above and beyond to show their love to me and my family. For example, Taylor and her mom bought me a cookie to take home to Ava after our initial meeting and then text me wishing my family happy thoughts as my dog went in for surgery. Elizabeth, at the beginning of last school year, made me a back to school kit with all kinds of goodies and a Pepsi! When Ava had a Flat Stanley project, Bria (who had just moved to San Francisco, home of Ava’s favorite baseball team) took her paper doll all over the place, including AT&T Park, then sent her back with a photo album, souvenirs and a shirt! Kathryn has modeled for me several times when I have had random ideas for styled shoots because she believes in what I do. Dana sends me “Let’s be honest” messages regularly when she tells me that she loves what I am doing and who I have become as an artist. These are just a few examples of the epic kindness and love that my brides radiate. Each bride I have worked with has blessed my life in their own way. These women mean so much to me and I will be forever grateful for these friendships.
I’ll end with a quote that reminds me of my brides…