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September 9, 2011

Mary & Nate: Black Hills Wedding Photographer

Nathan and Mary are from North Dakota, and I didn’t get the chance to meet them before their wedding day. I like to get to know my couples throughout their engagement with meetings, phone conversations and a photo session. Because we didn’t already have the kind of connection that comes with meeting face-to-face, I was secretly feeling a little nervous about jumping right into photographing them.  Would their love for one another be blatant or subdued, deafening or quiet? I wanted to be able to capture them — however they may be — purely and accurately.

I asked them how they met. Nathan happily explained that it was through a mutual friend. He followed the first statement with a second—that as soon as he laid eyes on her, he knew he wanted to see a lot more of Mary. And just like that, my worries disappeared. Their love came across strong and dignified. Focused and diliberate. Joyful. Peaceful. And absolutely real.

Nathan and Mary, your wedding was so beautiful. Thank you for putting your trust in me when planning from a distance, and for showing me part of who you are together. Enjoy a few of my favorites!

One of my favorite bridal portraits. Ever.

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  1. Judy Larson says:

    Stunning, stunning, stunning. I was so moved by this couple, their lovely wedding,and your amazing photography. Jessica, I really think this post is award winning. Is there a place to enter it for recognition? The colors, composition, clarity,and the story itself are beautiful.

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