I Got to Play a Wedding Photographer For a Day and I Have The Scars On My Feet to Prove It

In 2009, my aunt Heidi passed away unexpectedly.

She was the age that I am as I type this.   Forty two.

She had many health problems, but no one expected her to pass away the day that she did. It was a horribly sad day for everyone who loved her.

I loved her so very much and her death devastated me.

She was one of the strongest women I’ve ever known. I know that sounds cliche, but how many women do you know who got SHOT IN THE HEAD and survived?  My aunt did.

I knew she loved me dearly. I also knew that if I screwed up in school or got out of line, she would kick my ass. And I LOVED her for it. She made me feel special, she made me feel loved, she made me feel valuable. And, OH how she made me laugh.

I miss her so much. 

My aunt had one child. A beautiful daughter named Mallory.  That little girl was everything to my aunt.

That little girl is now 27 years old. She has grown into a beautiful, intelligent young woman who has chosen to spend her life teaching children. I have no doubts my aunt would be incredibly proud of her baby girl. I know our entire family is.

On March 10th, my cousin got married.  My mom, my sister and I flew out to Texas to be there for the wedding. I was honored to not only be invited to the wedding, but to be asked to photograph it.

Photographing a wedding is hard work. But I feel truly blessed to have been able to do this for my cousin.

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13 thoughts on “I Got to Play a Wedding Photographer For a Day and I Have The Scars On My Feet to Prove It

  1. Fiona

    How sad to lose such a precious friend and aunt at such an early age. Wow, Y, your photos are stunning, they capture not the moment, but all the emotions behind the moment. Awesome, they made me smile…heck they made me want to have been there 🙂 I do believe you have a deep-rooted talent and I can see how much (and why) you enjoy it so 🙂

  2. Karen

    Usually I just lurk, but I have to tell you what a great job you did with the photos. My nephew-in-law is a highly rated wedding photographer in Austin, and you did as well as anything he has ever done. Good job! And she is a beautiful woman.

  3. Miranda

    These are just BEAUTIFUL! Your cousin was a beautiful bride and how very lucky for her to have such a talented photographer in the family! I am sure your Aunt would be proud of both of you!

  4. Mary Jo

    Your photos are stunning!
    Your Aunt would be so proud of you. You have a gift.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Maggie

    These shots are gorgeous! Seriously, I’ve seen some professional wedding photos that are MUCH worse than these. You definitely have an eye, and I think it helped having the personal connection to the couple! Especially love the detail shots. Will you be posting more?

  6. Maggie

    (I realize that may have sounded bad…much worse than these…I didn’t mean to infer that these are in ANY way bad or even just ok…they are stunning, and right up there with some really great wedding photos I’ve seen over the years!)

  7. Wacky Mommy

    Please be a wedding photographer for a living — you have such an eye for it, Y. love the coffee cup shot, and the close- up of the bride — gorgeous.

  8. Natalie(ville)

    Yvonne, I just did a double-take when I saw these photos! One, they’re amazing! Two, I’ve known the groom, Brad, for many years. I haven’t had the opportunity to meet Mallory yet (because I’ve been a semi-hermit for years), but I have loved seeing Bradley so happy and in love. You captured it beautifully. What a small world!

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