Christina Torino-Benton stood in front of family and friends to declare her love for her husband-to-be, her childhood crush, Danny. Midway through the ceremony, the beautiful bride heard her 9-month-old daughter, Gemma, starting to cry and said she looked at Danny and said, “It’s happening.” He nodded in agreement, her mother handed her the baby, and she sat down and began to breastfeed her.
Wedding photographer Lana Nimmons took a shot of the sweet moment, which turned into one of Torino-Benton's favorites from the day. "When Lana sent me the photo I was SO happy she captured the moment," she says. "It is very special to me."
While Christina didn’t know the photo was being taken at the time, she said she absolutely loves it. “Breastfeeding is so natural,” Christina said. “It took me a while to become comfortable with nursing out in the open, but now it’s completely second nature and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Public breastfeeding tends to be a controversial topic where anyone and everyone feels entitled to weigh in. Whatever side of the coin you land on, one thing is certain: when you become a mother, your child comes first — period. If you exclusively breastfeed your child, that means they come first even in the middle of your wedding. Torino-Benton is a perfect example of a mother’s dedication to her child.
While Torino-Benton has seen some negative comments about her photo, she's ignoring them and focusing on the supportive ones, like those from moms who shared photos from when they, too, breastfed during their weddings.
Nicola Hiscott: "Nursing my 18 month during my wedding to his dad in February! One of my favourite ever pics!"
Erica Manning: "During my wedding reception 3 years ago this month, our then almost 6 month old baby girl got hungry and I nursed her on a comfy sofa."
Zania Wenham: "This is during our bridal party photos, our little man 5 months at the time decided he was hungry. The photographer took this photo and I love how natural it looks."
Danielle Shab: "Love this! This was on my wedding day, during the reception. He still loves to BF at 8 months as much as he did as a newborn. Wouldn't change this for anything."
Candace Henry: "I love everything about this! This was us on my wedding day! She made it through the ceremony though!"