Malia+Derrik White Sands National Monument, NM Elopement
Through this journey of mine as a wedding photographer, I sometimes have these rare moments of interpersonally connecting with the events unfolding before me in a huge way. I felt that here. Maybe it was because Malia and Derrik had me sign their marriage license as one of the witnesses. Maybe it was because I spent the entire day with them and helped Derrik haphazardly assemble the fragile teepee in the extraordinarily strong wind. Although, I think it was when I was running on the sand during their intimate ceremony to get a different angle of their kiss. The moment the officiant declared them husband and wife, my phone randomly began to play “Plainsong” by The Cure on full blast. It was so unplanned but fit so perfectly and beautifully. I will never ever forget that moment.