When my brother asked me if I would be interested in documenting the most important day of his and Katie’s life, I was ecstatic. Being a part of someone’s important day is something astounding. They are trusting you to capture memories to relive or to help remember what they don’t recall. Getting married is a crazy time. Emotions are high, things happen, everyone has a wedding story. I was so blessed to be part of the Lotterhos-Hopkins wedding. And, oh man, do they have the perfect wedding story…
Not only was I so happy to be shooting their wedding, I was excited about going to Culebra! Wow, what a beautiful place! Turquoise water and white sandy beaches are just bonuses. The island of Culebra, had so much to offer for such a little place. The people were very friendly, things weren’t terribly expensive and it gives you the feel of island life without the commercialism. It’s a must for anyone searching out for amazing beaches and small island life.
I enjoyed everything about the trip. Meeting Katie’s family( who are amazing and open armed), Katie taking us all out to snorkel and teach us a little about the coral and sea life, the wedding, to even getting sea sick on the 90 min ferry from San Juan to Culebra. I really wanted someone to push me out to sea. I remember hearing my brother come down to the lower level. I thought “wow, I have missed the big brother looking after me”. I later learned he came down because he was getting sick too…so much for my image of the “big brother hero” thing. 🙂
The day itself, was an emotional one. Watching my brother, and my nephew (sorry Connor 😉 ) get washed over with emotion, of course got me in a sobbing mess. Watching Katie say her vows with such conviction, pose and love is something I won’t ever forget. The wedding itself was the epitome of beauty. They said their vows on Beach Flamanco, which is quickly getting itself on the map.
Every photo I edited for them, I caught myself smiling every time. Why? Because, they both have come a long way, suffered many heartaches and yet never became cynical about love. Instead, they embraced it.
Congratulations Chett and Katie. It was an honor and I will cherish it always.