"Love is stronger than death even though it can't stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love. It can't take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death."
Wedding days are kind of like fairy tales, they are full of happiness, sharing love with everyone, and cake, lots and lots of cake. So when the fairy tale has a little dose of reality, it sometimes makes you realize how big of a step a couple takes by getting married.
I flew up to Louisiana last week to photograph the wedding of Stacie and Jake. Jake is the brother of one of my good friends Katy Marshall who for obvious reasons (sister, bridesmaid, you get the picture) couldn't photograph their wedding so she recommended me to them and we knew instantly it was a perfect fit. But upon my arrival it became a whirlwind of emotions. Sadly, as we were heading up to Baton Rouge, Stacie found out her father, Tim, had passed away unexpectedly. A tragic event like this can cast a cloud over something as beautiful as a wedding, but the resiliency that both families showed days before the wedding is something that I totally respected and was amazed by. The wedding became more than just a celebration of two people's love, but a reminder that while things may end, we can always celebrate new beginnings.
Stacie getting ready at the Paris Parker salon in Perkins Rowe.
Stacie's mother, Bonnie, looking on.
The ceremony and reception was held at the beautiful LSU Hilltop Arboretum.