Tiia was just like every bride I get to work with, So happy and full of energy. Completely delirious at the thought of marrying the man of her dreams. Every time we spoke I could hear her excitement as all her wedding day dreams started to come together.
I had no idea how incredibly strong both she and her partner were being behind the scenes.
Until she asked me for something I had never been asked to do before. She asked if I could take photographs of her getting ready weeks before her actual wedding day.
As she asked, her cheery disposition never changed. “Just in case mum doesn’t feel too well on the day, we thought It might be a good idea to have some extra images, just as back ups”
Her mother was fighting cancer.
Tiia wasn’t asking for a hand out, nor pity. Her family were fighting this together and this was something they dearly wanted, however they didn’t want to put any burden of pressure on me.
When I arrived for the shoot it became clear to me what that day was going to be about.
This was about a mother getting the chance to see her daughter in her wedding dress.
I was there just to record the moment, as I have done so many times before. However, on this day, the importance of why we take these pictures became all too apparent.
The shoot itself was the most amazing few hours I have ever photographed. A sincerely intimate time between a Mother, a Father and their Daughter.
Tiia put her gown on and revealed to her mum just how beautiful she would look on her wedding day. The pride in her father’s eyes, the look of pure joy on her mother’s face as she delicately tied up the back of the dress helping her daughter get ready, as so many have done for their own daughters on the day of their wedding.
It was beautiful
A mere month later I photographed Tiia and Luke’s Wedding. A framed portrait I had taken of Tiia’s mother the month before sat in her place at the table.
It broke my heart and told me everything I needed to know about just how important these photographs had been.