Archive for December, 2016
Before you click on the “More” link to view this entire blog post, I want you to take a moment to enjoy the details. The flowers and shoes, the gazebo and the raindrops, the dress – Every bit of it tells part of the story of this wedding day and it’s important. Color and design, so many different “small” decisions that go in to a wedding day that speak to the way the bride and groom want their guests to experience their wedding.
But I want you to forget about that for the time being and focus on what comes next. With the sheer volume of information about weddings available online, on television, in print, it’s very easy to get caught up in the details and stop there. It’s also easy to get caught up in beautiful, sun-drenched portraits of couples in sweet afternoon sunlight. With a few exceptions due to weather or time of day, I can make you look like you were photographed in a wild-flower filled valley north of Santa Barbara. That’s certainly one advantage of hiring an experienced photographer.
But it’s not the point of it all, is it? No. Not to me.
If you remember the weekend of October 8th, you’ll recall that Hurricane Matthew was dousing Richmond with rain and there was no end in sight, at least not for any weekend plans. Every wedding with some sort of outdoor theme or event was being quickly moved to Plan B. And what bride who has decided to have an outdoor wedding has not cringed at the thought of the very scenario we were faced with on this wedding day.
So what do we do? It’s simple. We all go have a wedding. We celebrate the start of a marriage. If rain is the only problem, you still have absolutely every other wonderful thing. And as a photographer who thinks your wedding story should be YOUR wedding story and not my idealized version of it, I’m going to find every little moment, every great angle, and make a collection of images that will make my couples smile every time they pull out their album or stop to stare at their galleries. Rain is part of the story. Wet shoes, and mad dashes from car to tent is part of your story.
So here we introduce Christine and Joey. Once you skip past those lovely colorful details I created an entire story to reflect the power of their day, them as a couple, and each as lovely and happy individuals. I went back to my roots of black and white to make everything about expressions, and emotions – distilling the moments down to their best essence. What you’ll see are two people very much in love with their soggy, gray sky day and with each other. You’ll see a whole host of family and friends who simply want to enjoy these newlyweds, their hours-old marriage, and a fantastic party.
What you have, is the essence of a wedding, and the real reason you want us there.
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Event Planning and Design: CCS Events
Rentals: Party Perfect
Florist: Photosynthesis Floral Design
Cake Artist: The Mixing Bowl Bakery
Entertainment: Dance Candy
Lighting Design: Lighting Professors
Hair and Make-up: Avenue 42 Style Studio
Dress Salon: Tiffany’s Bridal
Bridemaid’s attire: BHLDN
Groom’s Attire: Suitsupply
As a photographer my main goal, my purpose as an artist really, is to reveal great stories. That’s what weddings are, the beginning of a lifetime for two people together – the first in a series of amazing stories. So where I choose to look, the moment that I choose to press that shutter button, is exactly the story that will be told.
Think about that for just one moment. I’ll wait.
Yep, that’s right. When you look at a photographer’s work, it doesn’t reflect everything that was happening around them. No artistic medium known can do that. What you are truly seeing is how that photographer feels about the world around them and, in particular, that event. And while I would love to hear your thoughts on my personal psychological profile after browsing this blog and my website I’ll go ahead and take it from here.
I love people. I love interactions. I love crowds. I am at my best when I am surrounded by fun, happy, authentic people. I didn’t go in to photography thinking that I’d be hanging out with brides 40 times a year. But I’m really glad I shot that first one, because 13 years later I’m pretty pleased with how it’s all going.
Which brings us to Anna and Matt and this classic, elegant – yet fun and relaxed – wedding day. From start to finish there was just this great energy. On that day, everyone in attendance could tell you this was an exceptionally hot day even for Richmond in the Summer. But can you tell? I can’t. In fact, I had to be reminded. Not even the San Franciscans who flew across the country to experience the textbook definition of suffocating humidity, looked the least bit unhappy. Look at that first look between Anna and her father. See that expression as the couple leaves the ceremony as husband and wife for the first time. And…that reception tent was rocking.
Take a moment and enjoy just this small selection from Anna’s and Matt’s day. See if you enjoy their story as much as I do.
Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation
Day-Of Coordination: Windy Jennings of LK Events and Design
Catering and Cake: A Pimiento
Floral Design: Terry White
Lighting Design and Tenting: Skyline Tent Company
Make-up, Hair Salon and Styling: Elle Style Studio
Dress Designer: Rue De Seine
Dress Salon: Lovely Bride – San Francisco
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridesmaid’s Attire: Amsale
Groom’s Attire: Indochino