On Saturday I photographed the wedding of Yvette and Scott Braddock at Christ our Hope Catholic Church in Seattle. This lovely house of worship is located in an old hotel on 2nd Ave. Services are held where the hotel’s dining room once was. Surrounded by lovely stained glass windows, friends, family, and God’s spirit, these two wonderful people promised themselves to one another for their whole lives.

To emphasize their deep connection to one another, Scott and Yvette chose readings from the scriptures that spoke of how two people joined in marriage leave their parents, their former lives, and bind themselves together making themselves one. Personally, I find this idea of singular importance. By choosing another person, and covenanting to “be one” marriage requires a whole new level of love and faith from a husband and wife. It means expanding your soul to include the soul and body of another. It means loving despite challenges and disagreements. It means forgiveness even when you know that you are right. It means respecting, sharing, honoring, and cherishing one another above all else. Why? Because by doing these things for your spouse you in essence do it for yourself as well, for you are now one unit.  What a poetic and beautiful symbol marriage is!

I wanted to highlight a few photos from this ceremony on my blog today and thank the kind people at Christ our Hope Catholic Church for their kindness to me as I worked to capture all of these poetic symbols into a few still images. Photography is often the art of capturing time and simplifying deep, complicated experiences into short stories. I hope that these photographs speak to the power and beauty that is the relationship between the now Mr. and Mrs. Braddock. And finally I want to add my hope that their vows will echo forward throughout their years together and bring them closer together with each passing day.

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