Even though a wedding count amongst the biggest moments in your life, I love photographs that capture the little details of these moments. Photos that don't spell everything out in an obvious way, that might have small but memorable stories behind them. I was reminded of this when I came across this wedding on Paula Joye's "LifeStyled" site. It really is amazing. The level of detail that went into planning it is staggering, and I love the quirky hand made touches from Etsy etc. But the photo that stood out to me amongst all those other stunning pictures (seriously, go check it out, your jaw will drop) was this one...
The story behind it: "I made this cross-stitch the night before the wedding to sew onto the back of Greg’s tie as a surprise. I’d never done it before and I was embarrassingly chuffed with myself…. until my nanna pointed out that I’d stitched in the wrong year. After much unpicking, I got there in the end." (Justine Cullen @juzzycullen)
Sometimes the stories represented by the photos of small details are those that only you or those close to you might know. We got married at Nanga Gnulle gardens in Bendigo. Being in front of the camera isn't my favourite place to be so my Uncle took our photos and they were relaxed and casual, exactly the way I hoped they would be.
This is one of my favourites. Soft focus, a little dreamy, capturing the exact moment everything is official. The story behind it? There are a few.
- You can just see the edge of the plaster on our Pastor's arm. He got that from a skate-boarding accident the day before the wedding. Yup, skate-boarding. His nickname on the day was "Pastor in Plaster."
- My nails have never looked that perfect in my life, and probably never will again. My sister gave me a french manicure the night before whilst we were watching "Forces of Nature" on DVD. Nothing like a Sandra Bullock movie the night before the big day to calm your nerves?!
- Lastly, this photo leads up to when I put Luke's wedding ring on the wrong finger, a moment he's never let me forget. In the photos of us just after we signed the register, Luke is frantically trying to get the ring off the wrong hand and onto the right one under the table. Sometimes I wonder if these means technically we aren't legally married... :)
Anyway, like I said, it's the little things & the stories behind them that often count just as much (if not more) than the big things.
I've got Wedding & Entertaining/Events boards going over at Pinterest if you're interested in following. And if you're looking for wedding inspiration, there are so many stunning blogs out there, but how can you go past Style Me Pretty. They even have a section devoted to Australian Weddings. And, coincidentally, they have a feature on Jeremy & Elsie's wedding (photography by Arrow & Apple) also.
Do you have any stories about small details captured during the big moments?