“Would you ship this overnight express,” I asked Maria as I gave her a handful of film. “It needs to get to California immediately,” I followed up. Protected safely within each roll of 120 film were memories. They were memories of Bailey & Walt’s wedding at the Hyatt Arcade in downtown Cleveland. But they were also my memories. Memories of an amazing two weeks spent with new friends.
The memories told the story of an amazing wedding day. Like Bailey laughing and crying with her sisters as she got ready. Bailey’s sisters were practicing their processional walk, as Bailey and I gave each other a knowing eye of comedic intent. Further on in the story was the first look shared between Bailey and Walt at the Cleveland central library in downtown.
They saw each other for the first time again, nestled among the stacks of books (and strangely audio tapes). We chose the library because the joy of reading is particularly important to both Bailey and Walt. And this story continued outside as we captured additional portraits around the library with family and friends looking on.
It was only when I started to edit the photos that I could see full meaning of the memories captured on that rather hot day in downtown. It’s a story of a bride and groom, obviously obsessed with each other, who wanted simply to share their joy and thanks with family and friends. Both Bailey and Walt didn’t miss an opportunity to express their gratitude. For example, they took a really special moment during the ceremony to specifically thank their parents. Or even the special “after party” they threw for friends at a bowling alley around the corner.
The day was filled with grace and gratitude. I simply hope I captured their wedding with the same seemingly effortless beauty that Bailey and Walt so clearly invested into their wedding. And for Bailey and Walt – thank you so much for treating me as a friend. It was so nice to capture your wedding, but also to hangout together afterward. And for everyone, I hope you enjoy a few highlights below.