Oh wow. So, attending a wedding and not being the official wedding photographer is always an interesting experience for me. Add the fact that it was my brother’s wedding and it was double weird. This is also the first wedding in our immediate family, plus my Dad was the officiant! So much to process. Seriously. Oh, and top it off with my sister had a baby three days before the wedding. Can you say “whirl wind emotional roller coaster”? Come on, say that three times, fast…
What struck me most about this wedding (and honestly, I was surprised) was just how happy Erin and Nate were. I mean, I know they love each other, etc. etc. and I’ve seen extremely happy Grooms before (like every wedding I’ve photographed), but these two literally take the cake.
I’ve never seen my brother so calm. so happy. so full of smiles all day long. So, do I approve of Erin? Um, yeah. She has somehow brought Nate to a calm place in his life and obviously in his heart. Since I don’t live near them, I really didn’t know just how big their love was. Now I do. Wow.
The entire trip was so nutty. On Halloween night, I received the call that my baby sister, Grace, had given birth to my first Nephew! All night, I was celebrating with a friend. The next day, I flew out to Austin for the whirl wind weekend.
It was quite chaotic, as you can imagine… we are all trying to check Grace and Rhys out of the hospital, greeting relatives just flying in and then RUSHING to the rehearsal for Nate & Erin’s wedding. To be on this side of a wedding was quite surreal. Especially the Groom’s side.
We made it to the rehearsal just in time and the rest of the evening was relaxing and and fun. We had dinner downtown with Erin’s family and then all the kids took over a saloon and partied all night.
Saturday was equally crazy, trying to do all the last minute wedding stuff (like find a dress to wear!) and to visit Grace and take care of her.
Once I made it to the wedding, I was able to relax. And that’s when it all started to hit me! NATE WAS GETTING MARRIED! What??!!?!?!?!!? and my Dad is the wedding officiant. What?!?!?! and I’m not working a wedding? Weird!
There was a little kitten playing with Erin’s dress during the wedding ceremony and there was a very brief rainbow. Nate keeps saying this about his wedding: “It was all kittens and rainbows!”
So, your question is probably: How did it feel to just be a guest at the wedding?
Answer: It is weird. and nice. and I still wanted to get the images I wanted out of the wedding… like great portraits of my family, like I’m always getting for other people of theirs! It was refreshing to ONLY take the images I think are needed, and no fluff. I only photographed what I really saw and experienced and felt from the wedding. Totally candid wedding photos with none of the boring stuff.
One camera. two lenses. one flash. simple.
Wait, I lied… I did bring my vintage film camera too and got the BEST ceremony picture out of it.
It was so great to capture a picture of my parents CRACKING UP together. a picture of my Dad and his sisters cracking up. to see my brother, Trey, in the wedding party. to visit with old childhood friends. It was a great night.
What else was notable for me, as a long time wedding photographer? Well, a lot of little things. Like really remembering how much of an impact I have on my couples for their wedding day running smoothly and being sure they have fun all night. It was a great reminder of what I do, that goes unnoticed, and seeing things other wedding photographers never think about. We all have different agendas. Mine is making sure my client’s wedding day runs really smooth and painless and they enjoy the party. Also, how our personalities affect the guests. Also, just in seeing how differently we all see light, how we dress, how we interact, etc.
Also, I’d LOVE to really work a wedding at Kindred Oaks. It has SO many cool elements that I really wish I could use for portraits or wedding photography in general. The whole place was a giant open air pavilion with a wall of old reclaimed doors and giant fireplace. Plus, the dance floor had a wall of twinkle lights. DAMN. I wish I had really played with that available light. You’ll see some in my slideshow below, but I really wasn’t working much at this point in the night. Rochester has such LAME wedding locations. Austin keeps building these cool places for weddings and Kindred Oaks is one of them.
Kindred Oaks http://www.kindredoaks.com/weddings.htm