My goodness, I could relive Emily and Ryan's wedding day over and over.
And I'm sure I'm not the only one! ;-)
It was just ideal on so many levels.
From the people I was able to work with and have in front of my cameras, the location that was so lovely and classic, the wild greenery and florals, the sweet, intimate "first look" and ceremony between Emily and Ryan--all of it--these were just details and moments that came to my mind quickly!
All of the Hoopes' wedding day was so ideal, lovely, romantic and full of celebration.
When I arrived to Emily's bridal suite where she sat in front of a grand window having her hair and makeup done, I could tell it was going to be such a sweet, special day. Just the thought of or talking about Ryan would cue Emily to the sweetest tears, and I was immediately all in. Tears and emotions just grab me. Grab me in the sweetest way and throw me into my happy place of photographing weddings.
But seeing Emily so confident and sweet as she was getting ready and reading her letter from Ryan wasn't the only precious memory I have from their wedding day.
One of my favorite moments of their day had to be their "first look". Emily and Ryan planned to see each other for the first time at the top of the Crescent Court's restaurant where there is a beautiful window overlooking the Dallas city skyline. As Emily walked up to Ryan in her stunning lace gown with lace sleeves and classic hairstyle, he immediately turned around with the most astonished, proud look. The way he spun her, looked at his bride up and down and hugged her tight was just priceless. But what he led her to afterward was just the icing on the cake.
Ryan sat Emily down in front of the grand window, read Scripture to her from the book of Matthew and proceeded to wash her feet. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tearing up just thinking back to this moment. He took her beautiful heels off and in that moment humbled himself to her as her served her and washed her feet.
Their love, their friendship, their wedding day--so beautiful!
And the day continued with pictures, a heartfelt, joyful ceremony and a celebration on the dance floor that nobody could leave.
Again, I could relive this wedding day over and over again! What an honor and absolute treat it was to meet, work with and photograph Emily, Ryan and their families! Love these two and wish them the BEST!