I vow to be there on your wedding day come rain or shine, for 2 guests or 200, for the smiles, the tears, and everything in between. I vow to be your confidant and friend — someone who earns your trust, who respects your vulnerability, and who honors your love story by documenting it authentically.
December 28, 2017
Happy 4 year anniversary to Cecelia and Gabe!
All of my past brides will recognize this wedding as this is the wedding that I use as my “what to expect from your wedding images” wedding that I showcase when I meet with prospective clients. I also have a few images on my website! But I never actually got around to blogging this gem. Since today they are celebrating 4 years of marriage, I thought this would be a great time to feature it in my blog. It’s also time to retire this as my showcase wedding as it is now… 4 years old.
Why do I love this wedding so much? It’s a Florida wedding (yes I shoot destination weddings! Ask me about my travel rates! Get me out of Pittsburgh!) but mostly because there are so many emotionally-rich moments that are just classic. Everyone should know me well enough by now to know that I love when people cry (happy tears) at weddings. I love it. I get so excited when I see people dab their eyes and struggle and ultimately fail to hold back their emotions. Whether it’s the bride, groom, parent, neighbor whomever! What a beautiful way to express how much you love someone. Both Cecelia and Gabe’s mothers gave me so many great tear-filled and emotional moments. This wedding also had a lot of genuine hilarious moments, too! Don’t be fooled by the classic gowns and tuxedos! This couple and their bridal party knows how to have a fun time. Make sure to check out the trolley scenes and the reception! It’s been 4 years and I still haven’t seen such a rockin party.
I’m drawn to photographing emotion because it’s a way to connect with each other and share the human experience. And also because it’s a challenge! I have to be observant all the time and super stealth because as soon as I bring the camera up to my eye, people become embarrassed for being vulnerable and I get the stink eye. So the trick is to keep my head on a swivel and know when it’s the perfect time to shoot the picture.
Cecelia and Gabe, thank you for trusting me with photographing this milestone in your lives. Happy anniversary!
Photographer: Erica Dietz Photography
Florist: Flowers by Fudgie
Pastries: Angelo’s Italian Market & Restaurant
DJ: Fitz at Jay Goodley Entertainment
Ceremony: St. Michael the Archangel on Siesta Key
Reception: Sarasota Yacht Club