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A new book by a local photog chronicles some very special stories.
With thoughts of dresses, flowers, venues, linens and enough details to fill hundreds of books, it is all too easy to become overwhelmed when planning your wedding. That’s when you should take a breath and remember the moments that are most important, says Wilmington photographer Laura Novak. Those special moments are at the heart of her new book, “After the Ceremony,” which features Novak’s photographs and a narrative by Kristy Lysik.
Intent on including emotionally significant photos, Novak reached out to her clients to choose pictures that were meaningful. Lysik, a high school friend of Novak’s, interviewed the featured couples to learn the story behind the images.
“For most people, it was about what it took for them to get to that point in the picture, like a military couple with the groom in his formal Navy uniform and the bride in her wedding dress,” Novak says.
One of her favorite photographs shows a bride who usually uses a wheelchair, but was determined to find a dress that would allow her to walk down the aisle. “We often take for granted things we can do on wedding day,” says Novak. “But she’s a face of determination. She says I gave her best gift with the photographs, but really she gave me the greatest gift with her joy and courage.”
Novak’s work has appeared in publications such as People, The Knot, and Brides magazine. She hopes those who read “After the Ceremony” will be inspired by the stories. “It’s the moments that happen at the wedding that are worth focusing on,” she says. “The moment when you realize your sisters aren’t your core family anymore, that your husband is. Those are the moments the wedding is about.” —Marianne Nagengast