What can I say about this wedding at Tap and Mallet?? This was the wedding of my favorite waitress to the owner of my favorite restaurant?? No, really… I think that about sums it up. Except maybe the part where I got to drink for free (that was surreal).
OK, in all seriousness, Jeana has been my waitress for a few years now and I met her back when a bunch of my friends and I were going to the Tap and Mallet each Monday night to play Uno. Jeana was really great at reserving our table for us and coming up with witty names on the reservation card (the silliness was started by Chris). So, naturally I’m thinking in my head now that I should have treated all those dinners and beers as “advertising” and should be able to write it off on my taxes! Hah! If only I could write off beer!
And John, well he is the owner of John’s Tex Mex on South Ave. The only place north of Texas that has guacamole worth paying for! It is a great little restaurant in the South Wedge that feels a bit like Austin and makes me miss my friends and family back home. What is really cool about John is that he has the same background I do. He went to RIT for Photography and has assisted for wedding photographers. He knows about high end photographic printing and about the fish eye lens. It was surprising to be able to completely geek out with him when we met! It was also another reminder to get creative and fun with the images on his wedding day.
If anyone will appreciate something a little funky, it will be these two. And to think, they weren’t going to have a wedding photographer at all. I am SO glad that Jeana changed her mind! Hopefully after they see their wedding images, they will be happy they did!
So, the day…. The day was beautiful and sunny and the ceremony was on the deck out back. It was short and sweet and John’s vows were sweet and heartfelt. After they said ‘I do,’ John and Jeana filled up their custom beer mugs and we went outside for a few formal portraits. basically, we walked around the block and that was about it! Too much fun to be had that we couldn’t miss.
The food was amazing and was all BBQ! I was happy to see some delicious vegetarian options, like BBQ tofu. During dinner I was able to catch up with a long lost friend, Luc Thiers! We had met on the movie set of “Smoking Laws” a few years ago.. right before he moved to Boston. It is good to have him back and great to see him doing well. Also there was Tim Brown, the Director of Photography for “Smoking Laws“. Tim was out on the deck interviewing the guests for advice or well wishes for the happy couple and everyone just mingled and had a great time. Anyway, the reception was fun and relaxed, without all of the formality of a regular wedding reception. Surprisingly, I was able to get a Tap and Mallet crew photo on the front steps and those are some of my favorite from the day! And right before I left, I snagged one of the yummy carrot cake cupcakes from Cheesy Eddie’s! Perfect day!
Congratulations to Jeana and John!! It was my pleasure working for you this time and I only hope I was able to bring as much joy to your life as you have brought to mine!