I have been pretty excited to post this blog entry. Almost two weeks ago Kristin and I had an outdoor wedding to shoot. I love outdoor weddings. It allows me plenty of freedom as a photographer during the ceremony, and the settings are usually top notch. So needless to say I was excited. However, the scariest thing about an outdoor wedding in Northeast Ohio is the potential for rain. As you will see in the pics, that which was feared came to be. It not only rained, it was an all out storm right at the time of the ceremony. You would assume that Dan, and especially Megan, would be crushed that the weather did not cooperate. When Megan stepped out of the car to walk down the soaking wet aisle, she began to cry. I assumed that she was down about the weather, but what I heard next made the whole experience worth it. She told one of her maids that she was "So happy!" Most brides are not overly stressed like people assume, but this joy in spite of the circumstances was so stunning to me that it didn't matter if the right side of my body was soaked and I was pinching an umbrella between by head and shoulder while I was attempting to shoot. If they were this happy, how could I not enjoy what I was witnessing. The rain did let up for a bit of shooting outside at the reception site. Overall it was an amazing time, and I believe that the weather might have helped. I learned once that trials do not simply build character, they expose it. Dan and Megan showed everyone on that day what they were made of, and it was terrific being apart of it.
The pic below to the right is one of my favorite pre-wedding bride shots I have done in a while. Kristin edited it with one of Jesse's custom photoshop actions.
I put the pic on the bottom left up so we can see how crazy the rain was.
Love the emotion on this next one.
Dan's undershirt he wore on his wedding day was the same one he wore the day they met.
Yes he actually, and randomly climbed the rafters of the covered bridge we escaped to.
This next one is my favorite of the day, and probably one of my favorites in a while. I hate to admit it, but I didn't know the maid of honor was walking by. It certainly made the shot.
Dan and Megan were going on and on about how great the cake was going to taste. I like wedding cake a little, but as a wedding photographer I am hard to impress. When I had a piece I had to admit it was amazing. I think the best I have ever had.
These next few shots are of a foot washing. If you are not familiar with this it comes from the life of Jesus. At the Last Supper, Jesus put a towel on and washed his disciples feet. It is an act of service and humility. It was an amazing time, and what made it even more special is that within ten minutes Megan and her dad were dancing to Poker Face by Lady Gaga. It was this lack of pretension that made everything so real that day.
We had to break the shirt out again.
I am not sure I have ever seen a bride get on the ground and play the air guitar in a barn while her groom bows before her. NICE!