Karen and Frederico’s Gorgeous Wedding at The Grandview on Lookout Mountain . Chattanooga Wedding Photographer
Karen & Frederico’s Wedding was very unique for me as it was the first wedding I’ve ever photographed where I didn’t speak the same language (Portuguese) as my Bride and Groom. They came to Chattanooga from Brazil for their destination wedding at The Grandview on Lookout Mountain. Since they both speak little English I didn’t really communicate with them at all prior to (or even very much at) the wedding. I spoke primarily with Frederico’s amazing sister, Erika to make all of the arrangements. Erika was my translator for family photos and I had her briefly give Karen and Frederico some instruction before we headed over to Rock City alone to take photos of them together. The rest of the day I really didn’t speak much, I just documented their wedding day as it happened. I loved every minute of it.
I’m not that much of a talker during weddings anyway, the day is about you, not about me. I prefer people have honest and natural reactions and that they stand in ways that are natural to them and interact the way they normally interact. I want people to be able to look back and see how they felt. Real emotion. Real interaction. Their real selves. So it didn’t much matter to me that I couldn’t understand their conversations or even the wedding ceremony itself (the entire ceremony was in Portuguese) because I am so used to watching body language and reading emotions anyway.
There were so many amazing moments during Karen & Frederico’s wedding. Tears shed as Frederico saw his beautiful bride walking down the aisle toward him, the first glimpse of her he had all day. I can’t tell you what words were spoken during the ceremony but I can tell you that they brought out a lot of emotion. I also loved that, after slipping Frederico’s wedding band on his finger, Karen kissed his hand.
I’ll let the images tell the rest of the story.