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