As a wedding photographer, I get to meet hundreds of people every year. Names and faces come and go but some just stick with you for much longer than others.
Anne and Ryan are two of those names I’ll remember for a while.
Anne first emailed me about photographing their wedding back in August of 2011. They hadn’t set a date yet but were really keen on booking me. I said no worries, just give me a date and I’ll see if I’m available. Unfortunately at that stage they couldn’t set a date as they were still building their home and wanted the wedding to be after that. We left it at that and didn’t hear back from several months. At that point I thought they’d found someone else.
Fast forward to early March 2012 and I get an email from her saying they would still like to book! Awesome! I had only two Saturdays left but a heap of Sundays. Still they wanted a Saturday as they wanted to keep church and God for Sundays. They had complete faith in God to work it out and knew that somehow their wedding will still go ahead. As it happened, they booked Oct 6th in and we were good to go. I’m also deeply honoured they would set their wedding date around my availability.
June, and they encountered another obstacle in their wedding plans. The venue had to be changed at the last minute and they were left with Lamont’s at Bishops House. The good thing was they still had that date free and it was locked in.
Fast forward to the wedding day, the heavens literally opened and rain came pouring down. The wedding was going to be on the lawn but it had to be moved to the balcony of Lamont’s. Everyone stood wherever there was space and we kept going.
Yet, throughout all this, Ryan and Anne never said or did anything to express their disappointment. What mattered was that they were getting married, surrounded by their most cherished friends and family and most of all, the God they love. The rest of it will take care of themselves. And take care it did. The weather soon cleared, we all had games on the freshly watered lawn and the sun came peeking out through the clouds in one of the most beautiful days I’ve ever seen.
Their faith in God to see them through such a momentous day was truly inspiring to see. It was a real privilege to observe everything from my unique standpoint, and an ever bigger privilege to be documenting it.
This is their wedding story, and this I think, is an appropriate song for them – Rooftops by Kye Kye.