Can we talk about how amazing my job is for a minute? I photograph love for a living. Like, seriously? Best job in the world. And I LOVE, love, love that my job is never boring, and always challenging because it’s always new. New people, new relationships, and new stories for me to tell. That being said, I make sure to be discerning about whom I’ll work with, because I know we’ll be together for a while. It’s not like another vendor you’ll just see briefly on the day. We’re gonna be talking months before your wedding, and months after it’s over. You’re gonna have to hear my bad jokes, and you’re gonna have to deal with emails littered with smiley faces (I can quit any time I want to, I don’t have a problem.)
Well I fell in love with Eva and Andrew immediately. They’re sweet, and adorable, and crazy in love. Plus, I can’t even count the number of similarities between us. Foreign girl meets tall American and falls in love: check. Elopes to be together then plans on having a big wedding down the road: check. Has an unreasonable amount of lumber from Home Depot in their home because they randomly decided to build furniture: check. (Huh?) Long story. But I let them know this about their future: ten years down the road they’re still happily married & planning a vow renewal abroad 🙂 I already told them I’m photographing that. Like, no choice. They’re stuck with me.
It always makes me slightly sad when a bride reaches out to me and tells me their day won’t really be a big deal because of whatever reason: There won’t be a lot of people… it’s just gonna be super short… it’s our second marriage, so it’s not a big thing. Guys, trust me. No matter how big or small the guest list, how short or long the timeline, and how humble or grand the venue, your day is ABSOLUTELY special, and you should celebrate it like it is. No matter the setting, there is a story there for me to tell and no matter what it is beautiful. Your photographs will show it. Getting ready at home? Courthouse ceremony? Well take a look below and tell me you can’t see how absolutely in love they are, and how special that day was in the end. Eva & Andrew, thank you for trusting me to document your love, it was truly a pleasure to be there with you that rainy October day <3
See more photos of their day here.
Music credit: Father’s Land by Jordan Critz, Licensed by Musicbed.
Laëtitia Donaghy is a French-born, Chicago-based, international photographer focusing on weddings and elopements. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a focus in Photography, and a minor in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University. She brings to her weddings and portraits her Fine Art training in order to bring forth the realness and emotion present, and showcase people’s relationships. Her focus is on preserving as much of the day as possible and keeping it as honest as possible. She travels the world for weddings and other assignments. She has been published on the web and in print.
“‘How is it that there was never you, until there was and then all was you.”
– KAMAND KOJOURI