Anyone who follows this blog may be noticing the fact that the last shoots I have had have all been pretty amazing. I'm not bragging about the pictures. What is amazing to me is the stories and the emotion behind these shoots. I'm getting connected with some people that are really special. In a way it feels like purpose or destiny. With Brad and Brittany it was no different. The first thing I noticed when I arrived to shoot Brittany's preparation shots was the excitement and the joyful presence of her family. Her mom and her grandma and her aunt were all there at times and I could tell they were having so much fun. They were so pleasant to be around. Well little did I know that when I walked out to the ceremony I would run into a very familiar face. Brittany's mom, Mona had a brother - Uncle Rich. Uncle Rich had worked with me for about 4 years when I ran an interior design/flooring company. He became a good friend during that time, but neither of us had any idea I was shooting the wedding for his family. Coincidence..? maybe. I should have known because Brittany, her mom and grandma all had the same joyful demeanor I knew from Rich. Here are a few shots from the getting ready hour
As you can see, Brittany was a stunning bride.
Brad and his boys were equally ready.
Excitement was everywhere as the ceremony began...
Okay, this was a June 5 to remember. Not only was it Finest Moments busiest day of the year, it was also one of the rainiest wedding days I've seen in 6 years. We really wanted to do pictures at Oberlin College but the weather was a concern. Driving there my normally optimistic wedding mindset was being challenged. It was pouring the whole way until just before we pulled up behind the limo at Tappan Square. The rain stopped, the sky became brighter and we hurried out to try to get just a few before it started back up. Well it turns out that we could have as much time as we needed. For the 45 minutes we had, we enjoyed a wonderful temperature and a cloudy softbox with no rainfall. The result of this blessing is right here:
This is a long blog post, but I couldn't help it. Every wedding is more than an event, it is a story. It is a story with history behind it. It is a story of love, trust, adventure, risk, reward and family. That's a part of the reason we love shooting weddings. I enjoy telling the story with pictures and creating something of such great sentimental value that it will be passed on for generations. This wedding was a story I'm grateful to be a part of. The reception was a celebration of friends and family with lot's of dancing.
Normally this would be the goodbye shot, but Brad and Brittany wanted to try some night shots outdoors with us. As we opened the door we noticed we had a window of opportunity (weather-wise). We went out to a green on the Avon Oaks Country Club Golf Course to try something new. When we went out there were still several guests mingling, but friends and family were filtering out. We were able to get a few shots before the downpour began. We ran, me with my arm extended holding my lighting umbrella above Brittany and as much of my equipment as I could. Fortunately, Caroline saved the rest of my equipment. Running to the ballroom as fast as we could, we avoided getting totally drenched. Upon entering, we soon noticed that everyone was gone. So for the first time in my history as a wedding photographer...I gave the bride and groom a ride to the hotel. Yes, it's true. So was it worth it? Going outside and getting drenched for a few shots...
I think it was. And I'm glad to have gotten to know Brittany and Brad. I'm going to see them again tonight actually. They just got back from what I hear was a wonderful trip to Cancun and have decided to do a Trash the Dress shoot without the Trash the Dress part. It's going to be fun and relaxed. I hope to show you those images very shortly.
Blessings to you both. May your marriage always be filled with love.