Hands and the Love They Show

June 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

When my grandmother died a few years ago, I was struck by her hands. I had a flood of memories of all the things her hands had done for me, and how much mine were starting to look like hers. It was a quick cell phone picture that I lost when my phone stopped working. I had never taken the time to print it. I won't get on my soapbox about printing your images and not letting them just live on a drive, disk, or phone, but it was a sad day when that phone broke and so many memories were lost because of my foolishness. 

Fast-forward to my wedding photography now. I'm obsessed with people's hands. I watch them all day. Securing buttons on dresses. Placing earrings. Tying belts. Straightening ties. Carrying bouquets. Giving and receiving rings. Holding hands. Holding faces. Cutting cake. Patting little heads. Wiping tears. Embracing. Praying. Blessing. Loving. 

Look at the hands of the people in your lives. Remember them and all the things they've done for you. And how much you were loved by them. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-8soncelanda-weddings-hands-8Hands of a bridesmaid tying the final bow on a bride at The Langham in Chicago, Illinois. A bride gets ready at The Langham, in Chicago. Her bridesmaid ties the final bow on her dress after zipping her in. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-30soncelanda-weddings-hands-30The mother of the bride fastens the last few buttons on her daughter's bridal gown at Hampton Inn & Suites in Lincolnshire, Illinois. The bride's mother secures her last few buttons on her lace dress at Hampton Inn & Suites in Lincolnshire, Illinois. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-9soncelanda-weddings-hands-9A bridesmaid fastens a bride's shoe in their bridal suite at The Langham in Chicago, Illinois.

Sparkly heels are fastened on a bride at a downtown Chicago hotel. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-29soncelanda-weddings-hands-29A groom closes the button on his custom suit on his wedding day in suburban Chicago, Illinois. A groom buttons his jacket on his suit, custom made for his wedding, in the northern suburbs of Chicago. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-30soncelanda-weddings-hands-30A bride holds a bouquet filled with a mix of white flowers with green accents at her Chicago Hilton/Indian Lakes resort wedding.

A bride holds a bouquet made of a mix of white flowers with green accents at her Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes wedding. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-20soncelanda-weddings-hands-20A groom reads a love note from his bride in his room at Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

A groom wearing a french-cuff shirt and cufflinks reads a sentimental note from his bride on his wedding day at a downtown Chicago hotel. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-12soncelanda-weddings-hands-12Whenever the bride and groom see one another for the first time, it's always an emotional moment. Here, during the first look, a groom envelops his bride in a loving embrace. A groom embraces his bride during their first look just before their Catholic ceremony in a Chicago suburb. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-11soncelanda-weddings-hands-11A groom plays music before the processional, while waiting for his bride, at their Floating World Gallery wedding ceremony in Chicago, Illinois. A groom plays violin before his wedding ceremony, while waiting for his bride at Floating World Gallery.  

soncelanda-weddings-hands-15soncelanda-weddings-hands-15During a Catholic wedding ceremony in Inverness, Illinois, a bride and groom hold hands.

A bride and groom hold hands during their Catholic ceremony at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, Illinois. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-1soncelanda-weddings-hands-1At Trinity Church in Highland Park, Illinois, a bride and groom hold hands while exchanging rings.

A bride and groom exchange rings at Trinity Church in Highland Park, Illinois. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-3soncelanda-weddings-hands-3A priest blesses rings during a Catholic wedding in suburban Chicago.

A priest blesses rings at a Catholic ceremony at St. Matthew Church in Glendale Heights, Illinois. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-2soncelanda-weddings-hands-2At St. Matthew Church in Glendale Heights, Illinois, a groom kneels in prayer with his groomsmen during his wedding ceremony. A groom kneels in prayer with his groomsmen during a Catholic ceremony in the Chicago suburbs. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-13soncelanda-weddings-hands-13At St. John the Evangelist Church in Streamwood, Illinois, a bride and groom light a unity candle during their Catholic wedding ceremony. A bride and groom light a unity candle during their Catholic wedding ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Streamwood, Illinois. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-16soncelanda-weddings-hands-16A bride holds a paten, filled with Eucharistic bread, during her Catholic wedding ceremony. The brides holds a paten, filled with Eucharistic bread, during communion at their Catholic wedding ceremony. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-23soncelanda-weddings-hands-23Hands raised in prayer to blessed the newlyweds in a Catholic wedding ceremony in northwest Indiana, just outside Chicago. Hands raised in prayer, blessing the newly weds, at a Catholic ceremony northwest Indiana. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-25soncelanda-weddings-hands-25Dark blue bridesmaid dresses contrast the pastel hues of their bouquets during a wedding ceremony in suburban Chicago. Dark blue bridesmaid dresses contrast the pastel bouquets held by the bridal party. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-26soncelanda-weddings-hands-26During the recessional, a ring-bearer carries a hand-painted sign that reads, " Don't worry ladies, we're still single!" A ring-bearer carrying a hand-painted sign during the recessional reads, "Don't worry ladies, we're still single!" 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-17soncelanda-weddings-hands-17The newlyweds show off their rings during the formal bridal photography session after their Catholic wedding ceremony. Magenta bridesmaid dresses complement the jewel-toned bouquets during this late fall wedding. During the formal bridal photos, a bride and groom show off their new wedding rings. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-24soncelanda-weddings-hands-24A bartender pours a set of shots for the groomsmen to toast their newly married friend, prior to his reception at The Cotillion in Palatine, Illinois. A bartender pours a row of shots for the groomsmen to toast their newly married friend, the groom, before the reception in Palatine, Illinois, at The Cotillion. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-27soncelanda-weddings-hands-27A bride and groom cut the first slice of cake during their reception at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. A bride and groom cut their cake at their reception at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. 

soncelanda-weddings-hands-28soncelanda-weddings-hands-28The bridal party toasts the bride and groom after the maid-of-honor's speech at a reception at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

A bridal party raises their glasses to toast the newlyweds at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. 

 

 

 


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