A Tribute to Mothers and Mothers of Mothers

Some of the most poignant and intimate moments at a wedding occur during the interactions that we have with with those closest to us.  Mom's tend to be there throughout the wedding, helping their children ready for their special day, looking on with a doting smile during the ceremony, helping focus family members for the portraits and embracing with a tight hug during the reception.

As a photojournalist observing and documenting a wedding, and as a son and father, there are no more important connections than those that we have with our mothers.  As a keen observer, the slight glances and reassuring smiles refer back to early times when she remembered to do what you forgot to, when she was there consistently doing what needed to be done and doggedly supported you, all with little day to day reward or acknowledgement. Commitments our mothers made long before the wedding day develop us into who we are today.  These human interactions however small, usual and unseen on typical days boil over for all those looking to see during a wedding and present themselves as tasty morsels to be captured, preserved and reflected through the art of photography.

There are multiple ways to honor your mother on your wedding day, which I've experienced with many of my creative and classy brides and grooms. Some of these experiences include having her walk you down the aisle, ask her to help with the finishing touches of getting ready, surprise her with a gift, borrow special something from her for your wedding day, plan a mother/daughter or mother/son dance, use her favorite flowers in an aspect of the wedding and take a photograph with just you and her.  

Here are a few stand out moments from recent weddings that show the connection we may all feel with our mothers.

 

Sammie and her mother and grandmother just before leaving for the church.

Sammie and her mother and grandmother just before leaving for the church.

Alix's mother walking her down the aisle during her ceremony.

Alix's mother walking her down the aisle during her ceremony.

Stefan and his mother during the first dance.

Stefan and his mother during the first dance.

Melissa and her grandmother embrace during her bedekken ceremony with her mother in the middle. 

Melissa and her grandmother embrace during her bedekken ceremony with her mother in the middle. 

Suzanne's mother takes a moment to capture her daughter, ready to be married.

Suzanne's mother takes a moment to capture her daughter, ready to be married.

Oscar's mom looks on during his first dance with her new daughter-in-law.

Oscar's mom looks on during his first dance with her new daughter-in-law.

Katie's grandmother reacts to the start of the ceremony.

Katie's grandmother reacts to the start of the ceremony.

Dan gives is mother a high five after he walks him down the aisle.

Dan gives is mother a high five after he walks him down the aisle.

My mom holding me with my older siblings, circa 1978.

My mom holding me with my older siblings, circa 1978.

One of the finest mother's in the world, my wife!  We love you!

One of the finest mother's in the world, my wife!  We love you!