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Polka Dot Bride takes some time out...

Polka Dot Bride is  little bit late on my monthly column for Anti-Bride, you see life got in the way of writing and it made me think – life, the trials, the tribulations, the upsets and the sadnesses can often get in the way of celebrating. Being a bride is no easy feat. Not only are your days filled with more joy that you can imagine at marrying the one you love, but they’re also filled with pain and sadness over arguments, longings, wishes and dreams that may not be able to come true. Remembering to breathe, to smell the roses, to embrace the moments you are enjoying, the moments that you will look back on one day and remember fondly or remember  – a little wiser, will make this time so much easier to bear.

Take the time to have a cup of tea with your loved one in the sunshine and dream of fantasies, take time to go on a country drive with your fiancée and enjoy the scenery. Read, really read the congratulatory messages your receive. Ground your feet and feel the earth between your toes. Hold each other tighter, dance in the darkness of your living room, cook your favourite meal while drinking your favourite wine, let the waves of giddiness envelope your personal little bubble. This is the time to embrace your emotions – both good and bad and feel what your life is bringing you. Stay in the moment and treasure every second.


Capturing emotion and elation on the big day...

The last few days of my life have been filled with wedding photographs. I’ve edited a wedding down from 1800 shots to the magic 30 or so I use on a Polka Dot blog post, I’ve watched hours and hours of AIPP (Australian institute Professional Photography) print judging, I’ve even received a book from one of my favorite photographers.

What the running theme throughout the last days has been is emotion – when I edit down a wedding I keep the shots that show emotion, when the judges awarded a silver distinction to an image in the awards – it was emotion that had them begging the others to raise it to a gold – and the photographer I love? His work is focused on emotion.

Candid emotion captured on a wedding day is one of my favorite things – for as long as I can remember it’s been the focus of our Sunday articles – because that photo? Of the father wiping a tear away – that’s what clutches my heart and moves me.

Much of the wedding day is filled with emotion – its’ part of the reason a wedding day is such a big deal. There are transitions from being a single person to being part of a married couple, from the family of origin to creating a family unit of one’s own. There are tears of joy and love, and perhaps even a few tears of sadness for absent loved ones. There is unbridled happiness expressed in a look, an action or a touch.

These are the moments you want captured by your photographer – details always work, they make up the day, they are an integral part of the day. But the moments on film that you will hold close to your heart, are the ones filled with soul, the ones that draw you in emotionally. And every time you look at these images, you will recall exactly how you felt at that exact moment – captured forever in black and white.

When choosing your photographer, choose one that pulls at your emotions – ones whose images you connect with, one who you can resonate with. These are precious moments – don’t let them go unnoticed or uncaptured.

Photography: Todd Hunter McGaw AIPP QLD Wedding Photographer of The Year 2011

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