Elizabeth Ervin

My Favorite Things About Weddings

Here’s where I get a little sentimental. Just let me, okay. 


My favorite things about weddings are these things… 


1. There’s always a surprise. I’ve been documenting weddings since 2012, and every time two people come together in matrimony, something catches me totally off guard. I mean this in the best way. 

It’s always something so tender that I’m either in tears or close to it. Like the time a bride’s little sister, who hadn’t spoken a word all day, stood before the crowd during dinner and made the most beautiful speech to the new couple. Or when a couple’s first dance song is Chris and my dinner dancing song, and I’m thinking “How are we the SAME?!”. Or when a father of the groom, who has been distant and moody, comes over to his son after the ceremony and they both just cry together. People will always surprise you, and it’s a truly amazing thing to witness.  


2. It’s been said before, but again, it’s the “jackpot” of documentary photography. Love, kisses, tears, laughter, rain, shine, dancing, fun. It’s all there, and as photographers, we get to bottle it up and show it off. 


3. THERE’S DANCING. I love to dance. Being in a position where my job lets me dance and have fun is so crazy ridiculous to me. I freakin’ love it. 


4. There’s usually kids around, and they are pretty funny to watch during a wedding. A ring bearer picking his nose. A flower girl meltdown. It’s all fun, and it’s also a hoot to photograph. 


5. Marriage rocks. It’s badass. I love it. Sharing life with someone you deeply love is the best thing I’ve ever done, and it gets me so pumped when I get witness two other people doing the same thing! 


Note: If you haven’t noticed - my favorite things have nothing to do with the flowers (although they are great), or the location, the dress, the traditions, the best thing about a wedding - by far - is the fact that it’s about you two, your love, and people celebrating that love with you. However you do it, however many people, whatever your love looks like.  


“If you can give yourself to someone, then you should”.  - Dawes, A Little Bit of Everything


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