A sweet, sweet girl contacted me a few weeks before her big day was scheduled to take place. Her big day, as in, her WEDDING DAY. And yes, WEEKS before.
She was needing a photographer. She was trying to put the wedding together (as quickly as possible) with only a couple weeks left until the proposed wedding date.
Luckily, I was available. I was leaving on a cruise 2 days after the wedding date, so I had left some availability in my schedule so I could prepare for my vacation with my family. I also had a ton of editing to try and catch up on before we left. However, I could not tell this sweet soul no. And plus, I really wanted to shoot another wedding. I absolutely adore them.
So, the sweet girl gives me all the details and we go over all the essential info. The wedding was to take place at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in Foley, Alabama and was to be a traditional Catholic ceremony.
I grew up Methodist (am now Baptist), but had attended church at the Catholic Church in my hometown numerous times with my Grandmother. What I did know about Catholic services was that it was more quiet, more formal (?), and more serious(no hoopla!) than other church services I had attended. I had never photographed a Catholic wedding before, so I was unsure of the rules and regulations. But since I had attended Catholic Church services I had somewhat of an idea of what to expect.
The Wedding Day
I arrived to the church that morning, and it was a beautiful sight! It was a partially cloudy day and had been raining off and on. But the beauty of the stained glass windows, the huge wooden doors, and the archways through out the church took my breath away, and the dreariness of the outdoors faded away!
The ceremony was quite a bit different than non-Catholic ceremonies. It was longer and there was communion and many different readings. I was allowed to use flash, but with all of the lights on it wasn’t needed. Father Zoghby (the pastor at the Church) was accommodating and super nice. While the ceremony was very serious, quiet, and long.. it was absolutely stunning indeed!
So, thank you to the sweet, sweet couple who hired me to photograph their Catholic ceremony. I am so grateful to have met ya’ll and to have gained the experience that I did. I look forward to the day where I photograph another Catholic Wedding. The stained glass windows, the holiness of the church, the beautiful architecture, and the presence of the Lord call to me!