On Saturday I was nervous, oh so nervous! I had a wedding to photograph in a tiny garden outside a tiny town about 45 minutes from the city where I live. I had never been there before and I wasn’t looking forward to driving there on my own (my hubby is like a GPS – something I’m NOT). Not only that but if you are a photographer, you know it’s all about light. It was a bright, bright sunhiny day and I had no idea what kind of shade situations I could find there. I WANTED shade – just so we’re clear 🙂 And last, I’m not used to photographing wedding ceremonies. I usually just do the pictures AFTER the wedding, not during the ceremony. Yep. I was nervous people.
Of course I had nothing to worry about – as is usally the case. I showed up (found my way easily) and even enjoyed the time alone in the car with my tunes blaring on the stereo. So fun. It was definitely sunny, but the gardens were gorgeous and there was plenty of shade to be had (though I still had some hot spots I couldn’t get rid of in a couple of shots – whatever.
To top it off, the family was some of the nicest, fun people I’ve come across. From the moment I parked, I was greeted by friends and family of the bride and groom – I felt like part of the family! Loved it. AND the bride was seriously beautiful. Her dress was like something out of a fairytale – and just LOOK at her. So easy to photograph 🙂
The ceremony was tricky for me – still not sure how to go about it. I just discreetly snapped a (very) few shots during different parts of the ceremony. You can see in this shot how the rays of sunshine were fighting to get through into the shady part of the meadow.
I got a few shots of the ceremony. I hope they’ll like them. After the official ceremony was over, they did this sweet sand ceremony where they each poured different colored sand from separate jars into one large jar – representing their lives becoming one. It was very sweet.
This was their walk back down the aisle after the ceremony was finished.
We only spent about 50 minutes or so after the ceremony for the wedding party pictures, but they were so willing for everything that it went very smoothly. We were able to get over 70 nice shots (over 300 shots total). Aren’t the a sweet family? You can see just how sunny and hot (over 33 degrees celsius) it was in the meadow in the background. UGH. Good thing I wasn’t in the huge dress – or worse, a black tux!
These two cuties were so fun. The funny thing is, their names were Blake and Logan (I have 2 nephews with those names. LOL!)
Sometimes as a photographer, you have to prompt and prod couples to act lovey dovey – even on their weddings. Not these two 🙂 They were more than happy to cuddle and smooch, even without prodding! Loved it.
Okay, I think this next shot was officially my favorite of the entire day.
So, once I again I’m reminded that it’s useless to worry. Fear is a darkroom where negatives get developed. Don’t need those! It always turns out fine in the end. You could say, happily ever after!