Hello and welcome to the KLP blog! My name is Kelsie and I'm a wedding & portrait photographer based in Columbus, Ohio. Grab a cup of coffee (or in my case - a chai latte), a glass of wine or a bottle of coke and enjoy viewing my latest work, browsing resources for brides and photographers, and getting a little peek into my life.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been praying about whether or not to share this blog post, and asking the Lord what He specifically wanted to me share with you. My sweet friend Victoria shared some heart-wrench truths with me recently, and I couldn’t help but share. Although I certainly can’t take credit for all of these words, I am so incredibly thankful for sweet friends who will speak truth into your life when you need it most! And that friends, is exactly what I would love to do for you today. Whether you are a fellow single wedding photographer (HOLLA) or a bridesmaid but never a bride, I hope that you find this perspective encouraging.
While I absolutely love being able to celebrate the first day of marriage for so many amazing couples, I would be lying if I didn’t say that it came with some emotional challenges. We all grow up dreaming of the day that we say “I do” to our best friend, and when we witness that joyous occasion over and over again, not knowing when it will be our turn, it can take a toll emotionally and spiritually. To be completely honest, too many tears have been shed – happy tears for the couples, but also a few anxious tears wondering if it will ever be my turn. I truly believe that the truth shines through in life’s most vulnerable moments. So here I am, exposing some of the deepest parts of my heart with you today hoping that someone, somewhere hears my words and is encouraged by them. If that’s you, please know that you are not alone! Know that your feelings are 100% valid. That strange feeling of being happy and frustrated all at the same time is real, friend, and it is something we feel all too often (helloooo comparison). I wanted to share a few truths with those of you who may be struggling with this, and I know you are out there!
Wow, friends. There were some major truth bombs that I’m not only speaking for you, but also for me, too. Am I the only one that had even a few of these thoughts race through their brains? If the Lord spoke to you through these words, I hope that you don’t take that lightly. You are oh so loved, friend, by a God who longs to know you and see you filled with joy.