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  • Writer's pictureLesly Salazar

Mount Saint Mary's University Wedding | Emmitsburg, Maryland | Emily + Josh

Tears filled Emily's eyes. She was overwhelmed with emotion. The day had finally arrived and the moment was finally happening - she was marrying her best friend. She tightly gripped Josh's hand as they sat side by side during their ceremony at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mount Saint Mary's University. Within moments, Josh was pulling something out of his pocket - tissues. He came prepared. But to Emily, they were more than just tissues. They were a sign of support. He'd be there for her no matter what. Their Emmitsburg, Maryland wedding was more beautiful than I ever imagined it would be.

Emily's grandfather presided over the peaceful Catholic wedding mass. Pews had been blocked off so guests could only sit in every other row, and everyone wore a mask. There were strict entrance rules to ensure everyone's safety, including temperature checks. Flowers weren't allowed to be placed anywhere and wedding programs couldn't be distributed. But despite all the restrictions (which were rightfully and thankfully implemented), Emily and Josh's wedding was romantic and deeply spiritual. Shortly before the end of the ceremony, two of Emily's siblings sang an incredible rendition of "Ave Maria," which was so beautiful and moving.

Josh looked and smiled at Emily several times throughout the ceremony, even when she didn't notice it. It's sometimes hard to read how a guy feels, but Josh's joy was written all over his face. Capturing those looks reminded me why I love my job so much. Weddings go by in the blink of an eye, and it's so easy to miss little moments like that. I, however, had the opportunity to capture a moment in time Emily missed out on and she gets to experience her wedding day all over again, but from a different perspective.

Dear Emily and Josh,

One day, your kids and grandkids will look at photos of your wedding day. They'll immediately notice two things - masks, and the sheer joy you each felt that day. I feel so honored to have paused those moments in time because these photos will now become heirlooms for generations to come. It's an honor I don't take lightly, and I feel privileged to have served you on your wedding day. I am so excited that you've begun your journey of life together as husband and wife! Congratulations!

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