About halfway into the ceremony, a mirror was brought out for the bride and groom to hold and the officiant asked to them to say what they saw.
Fatma said, “I see someone who has supported and loved me through the hardest times in my life.” Justin replied, “I see the kindest and strongest person I’ve ever known.”
The bride was a cancer survivor. She had gone through treatment the year before, and surgery only a few months before the wedding. That ceremony wasn’t just a celebration of their love, but a culmination of the long road they had traveled to get there.
In the midst of this I was there, standing closer to them than even their family and friends because I was invited as a trusted witness to photograph their day. Then to be able to give back to them those moments a few weeks later as images that last for years and years is something I do not take for granted. It's something I am grateful for every time I pick up my camera, and why I love photographing weddings.
My name is Minnow Park and that's my beautiful wife Becky on our wedding day. She'll vouch for me when I tell you my wedding was one of the best days of my life. It started us on a journey that has been so challenging, yet rewarding.
I've been a photographer since 2009, focusing on weddings and portraits. My photos have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Fortune, and Style Me Pretty. I've won a few awards from the Wedding Photojournalist Association and Fearless Photographers.
But really, that's just icing on the cake.
I'm most proud of having the ability to photograph through teary eyes. Because if you are crying, chances are that, behind the camera, I am crying with you. (Especially when parents cry. That gets me every time.) The more intense or intimate the moment, the more I get in the zone. Nothing matters except getting the shot for you.
I know that I am a better man because I've learned from my better half. It’s a privilege and gift to be have been there for so many couples as they start their own journey together.
A few random things about me:
- I'm a lifelong New Yorker.
- I love Severus Snape because of one word: "Always."
- I can't help but laugh at dad jokes.
- It's never too late to go get tacos.
- A weekday matinee at the IMAX theater at Lincoln Center is my happy place.
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