The zip from the wedding dress is getting caught in between the skirt and the bustier top. Aurelie’s sister has been trying for a few minutes while I photograph the struggle. It’s my turn to try. I pass the camera to her sister. I struggle too. I can’t be the one breaking the zip… It’s really stuck… I’m sweating… The fifth attempt is the final, the zip is closed and I’m a hero!

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About 10 months before the wedding, my friend and I chatted a little bit about what type of photographer she would like for her wedding. She was getting married in the same venue I got married six years ago, and back then, I remember struggling to find the right wedding photographer in our area.

She was telling me about how she wanted someone relaxed, who would take candid photographs of them and nothing too posed, especially as neither of them felt really good in front of the camera. She wanted someone who would spend time photographing their families and friends enjoying the day.

At first, I wasn’t sure whether I could be both a guest, enjoy the day and photograph her wedding… but the more I thought about it, the more I knew I couldn’t not to do it. It also meant I would spend more time with them on the day and it was pretty cool.

They were so thankful and excited and I never regretted my decision! I got to witness all the most precious moment of the day, laugh and cry with them, relax during the dinner and then see my own 3-year-old daughter dance until midnight on the same dancefloor we had our first dance.

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Feeling relaxed with your photographer means you can be 100% yourself and try some dance moves :)

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