Mohamed + Tinne
Tinne contacted me just weeks before about photographing her backyard wedding in St. Louis, Michigan. Her and her now husband, Mohamed live in Cairo, Egypt. They had initially planned to marry in Cairo but Tinne’s father’s health began to worsen and they knew that they needed to make this wedding day happen sooner than later. In just six short weeks Tinne not only organized and planned this entire affair, but with the help of her siblings she also made a majority of the beautiful details herself.
Family and friends traveled from across the globe. From places like Belgium, Egypt and Minnesota, they came to a dairy farm in rural Michigan to celebrate the union of these two incredible people.
As the day approached I continued to check with Tinne regarding her Father and despite a few scares, he was with us to walk Tinne down the isle and share a very memorable dance with her. During Tinne’s speech to her guests she thanked her father for all he did to make the day so special . She said “We know that most of you here are more excited to see him, than you are us, and that’s okay.” The guests rose to their feet clapping and honoring his presence in a standing ovation.
Mohamed + Tinne’s wedding was a very beautiful and emotional day for everyone. It was a personal experience of growth for myself and the way I photograph for my couples. I was so intentional about the way that I shot this wedding day, the way that I edited and delivered this gallery. Each picture I took I remember thinking, this could be the last one, like the importance of these images weighed so much heavier than it ever had before because I knew there wasn’t much time left. Looking back on this gallery I realized that it is one of my favorite weddings I have photographed to date. And not just because the couple is phenomenal or each and every detail is gorgeous, but because I told a story and I found meaning in moments I may had overlooked before.
Mohamed + Tinne, I will not ever forget this day, the love between you both and those that surround you, and the celebration of life that you shared with me. Congratulations, and I hope we cross paths again soon.