Wedding last night had some crazy weather!
I think I really love being a wedding photographer.
It’s high stress. Demanding. Physically exhausting. Non-stop action.
But it’s so much FUN. I love that I get to share in such special moments. I get to dress up and go to a wedding and get paid plenty for it.
The editing of a trillion pictures afterward is tedious, slight downside.
Last night’s wedding was a little crazy.
First we did posed group pictures for THREE HOURS. Ouch.
At least their entire family was hilarious and very nice.
This is the groom and bride’s maids.
And she was a beautiful bride! (I haven’t really had time to edit any pictures yet, but still you have to see a few…!)
They were planning on getting married on the lawn of a big historical mansion. Fifteen minutes before the wedding the sky got black and green. It started sprinkling, so they moved the wedding set up to the big covered porch.
Right as the wedding party was getting ready to walk out the storm exploded over the grounds and it was so intense that the entire porch got soaked.
This was taken at 6 pm, a good 3 hours before sunset…
A big tree fell down on the grounds, and there were branches littering the roadways.
Then the electricity went out! (The poor caterers were in the middle of cooking dinner.)
Everyone had to go to the basement of the house, which is the dining room. The lights came back on, went out, and came back on again. (They ended up going back out again during the reception, right in the middle of a Michael Jackson song. Everyone was inebriated enough at that point to keep singing the song in unison and dancing in the pitch black room.)
They couldn’t use the chairs on the porch for the wedding because they were completely drenched. Everything was drenched, even the bar set up.
So they had to get married in the dark basement dining room, where there was no isle to walk down, standing in the little space at the front of the room.
Their wedding was still lovely, however there was no isle for me to stand in to take pictures. It was hard! Plus it was so dark in there, a dark wood paneled room with dark stained glass windows and only a few lights and candles. Intimate, but not exactly good for photos, you know?
This is a snapshot of the dining room where the ceremony was. I took the picture from above, off of an alcove. They said their vows in that little empty space there. This was taken before the storm. During the wedding it was dark outside and there wasn’t any light coming in from those windows!
Here they are during the wedding. There was no where for me to easily stand! Imagine those chairs full of people and the floor full of purses.
Can’t stand at the back because there are heads everywhere. Can’t walk around without tripping. Can’t stand at the sides because there are no sides.
I can’t decide how to edit these. (You can see the sun has started to peek back out…but it was still pouring rain.)
The bride told me her only fear was that they’d have to do the wedding inside and lose beautiful outside ceremony photos. Poo! It was looking perfect and sunny outside right up until the last few minutes before the ceremony too.
We got gorgeous pictures before the storm started! I haven’t even looked at all of them yet.
And there was lots of laughter…lots. My jaws hurt from laughing!
Oh, and post-wedding the sun came out so everyone put down their drinks to take a last few group shots on the lawn.
I turned around and there was this big double rainbow! Aaaah! I completely had the wrong lens and wrong settings on my camera.
They hopped in front of the rainbow so I could take a picture. I took a couple of shots then turned around to get out my portrait lens…but in those two seconds the rainbow was GONE.