Nick + Paula
Nick and Paula’s wedding was so beautiful! The flowers, the venue, the feeling among family – the entire day was filled with light, tradition, and happiness. Mattie and Sara (my associate photographers) and I are so grateful to have been a part of it! The power and presence of loving men and strong, beautiful women in their lives was so amazing.
Nick was on a church service mission in Colombia when he first met Paula. She was so impressed by him that when his two-year mission was complete and Elder Colvin was flying back to the U.S., Paula came to the airport to see him off. Then for the next year, they corresponded with each other and built their relationship! When Paula moved to the States as a student, they continued dating and ultimately knew they were perfect for each other.
Nick asked Paula to marry him on August 10. He set up a table in a grove of trees complete with candles, a dozen red roses, and photos of them on the table and hanging from a wooden arch. He dropped to his knees in front of a sign that said, “Will you marry me?” and presented her with her stunning ring! And, of course, she said yes. He then posted to Facebook: “Yesterday I asked my beautiful best friend to marry me. I am so happy to have her in my life and I cannot wait to marry her! We are so excited to start our life together! I love you to the moon and back!”
Paula’s mother Carmenza arrived from Colombia a week before the wedding. Paula hadn’t seen her in over a year! When we took the Bridal photos, I invited Carmenza to come in her dress for the wedding so we could take some photos of them together. Her father (who is deceased) and her stepfather (he couldn’t travel) were represented by photos they brought with them. Carmenza cried when Jana (Paula’s future sister-in-law) and Sonya (Paula’s future mother-in-law) brought out the first photo with Paula’s father, and we sat in silence for a few minutes to remember him. Such a powerful feeling of love for loved ones who weren’t able to be here for her special day.
Paula was so well taken care of by her mother Carmenza throughout the whole wedding. Carmenza watched over the dress, helped with makeup and hair, and was constantly happy the whole day. I was privileged to be in the room and to photograph them as Carmenza gave Paula a Mother’s Blessing before they went up the stairs to walk down the aisle. I don’t know what she said because it was all in Spanish, but it was so touching to witness!
They chose a traditional wedding, so Nick didn’t see his bride until she walked down the aisle with her mom. One of my favorite photos was captured by Mattie as Nick leaned down and embraced his new mother! They were married by the bishop of our congregation – it was his first wedding and it was beautiful. He talked about the beauty of marriage, taking care of each other, counseling with each other, helping each other with responsibilities, and being sealed in a Holy Temple as soon as they can. Their kiss was long and thoughtful, and when they held each other after, they were so content and happy.
The family dinner was delicious, as were the “sweet treats” for the reception. Paula’s new aunts and sisters and Sonya’s and Roger’s friends took care of all of the decorations, the flowers, the cake, the serving and clearing of food. They worked together so well and pulled off an absolutely amazing evening! Carmenza, Sonya, and Roger all spoke at the dinner, and then Nick and Paula each thanked their guests and their families. The words were translated back and forth from English to Spanish so everyone understood and felt included.
After dinner, the reception line began. So many friends, especially older friends from our neighborhood and congregation, attended the wedding and reception. Then they cut their cake, tossed the bouquet and garter, and began DANCING! A lot of fun dancing. The little kids especially had so much fun and were quite proficient little dancers.
Then we sent them off with bubbles in their balloon-decorated car. Such a wonderful evening and I’m so happy to have been part of it. I’m so proud of the moments we captured as a team – I think they really show the feelings of the day and I hope you catch of glimpse of the peace and joy of Nick and Paula’s wedding by sharing them.