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Anna and Ryan - An Intimate Wedding


The day after Jesse and I returned from our photography trade show and conference in Las Vegas, Kristin and were able to be a part of Anna and Ryan's intimate wedding.  Before I went to the conference I was a little nervous that I might be worn out when I returned from our trip.  Little did I know that the conference would be the most energizing experience I can remember in quite a long time.  When the day came for the wedding, March 14 [which is Pi - as in the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter - day by no coincidence (Ryan in particular is a fan of all things scientific)], I was super excited to be a part of this couples day.  And given that this was the smallest wedding I have photographed, it was extra special to be included.  Because of Ryan and Anna's beautiful local (an historic home that is a part of the Holden Arboretum) and very personal day, I am now a huge fan of small weddings.  The personal nature of the wedding gave it an extra special meaning, and the stress factor was super low because there was not a crowd worry about.  Whether 10 or 300 guests, the depth and meaning of a wedding is determined by the love of the bride and groom, and it was this love between Anna and Ryan that truly made Pi day a great one. 

I have always been a fan of layering a unique photo (like a shot of distressed old metal, etc.) over another shot to create what is know in photographer tech speak as a texture.  This allows the photograph to take on a unique look, like that of a photo that has been aged.  This wedding is the first wedding that I have spent a while creating works with textures, and I am pretty into it.  The photo below is the first one, but you might be able to see a few more below.

The two shots below are by favorite of the day, but I like too many to limit it to these.  It was a tough call.  Kristin thought of the shot on the left, and I must give her credit.  The shot on the right is in a study.  The doorway was actually a hidden one that led to the basement, like off of an old movie.  That was probably the best thing about this terrific house.

I didn't catch a lot of silly faces on this wedding, but the one below is nice.


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Previous Comments

Jesse: Nice textures. Especially liked the spiral staircase shot with all that white space.

Ryan: Wow, great pictures Mat! Thanks so much for shooting our wedding - you and your wife did a fantastic job. I really like the picture of Anna against the window and the the staircase shot like Jesse mentioned. Thanks!

Bryon : The photo of the bride in the mirror looks like the potential cover to a Nicholas Sparks novel!