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Emily & Adam were married last month at Hagerstown Bible Church, and then held their wedding reception at Cortland Mansion, also in Hagerstown, MD. Before we traveled to the reception we went to the City Park for their family and bridal photos. It was a beautiful ceremony. At the reception, Emily's dad spoke, and I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. :) I believe that most dads will always see his daughter as 2-5 years old. An age where daddy is her greatest hero, and she is his beautiful little princess. On her wedding day, all he can see is this little girl running to see him to wrap those little arms around him, to give him a little kiss, or to twirl around to show him her new dress, or the new way she has her hair. As a father, nothing is sweeter than your little girl and how much she wants your approval, and there is no greater joy, or gift to her, than to tell her she is beautiful. On her wedding day nothing has changed, except, it is the last time she will ask for his approval. The last time a father can really reassure her by saying, 'you are beautiful'. From that point on, she will ask those words from her husband. This has happened at every wedding I've photographed. It's an unspoken human tradition that seems to transcend race, culture, and religion. At that moment the torch is passed from father to husband. Sometimes, it is quick, with no visible emotion, other times, it's well planned, full of tears and joy. But, every bride always asks her daddy, 'how do I look', and her daddy, as loving as he can says, 'you look beautiful'. Sometimes her dad will just nod, but the meaning is the same. For that moment, she is his little princess again twirling in her new dress, new shoes, and pretty hair. It's the last time she will do this for him, wanting those words, 'you are beautiful'. It is at that moment he realizes that all of those other times where just a practice run for her wedding day.
Here are just a few of the photos from Emily and Adam's wedding: