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Megan +Dan+ Rain Storm + Outdoor Wedding = Awesome

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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!

 

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Amy: Where was this wedding? Its gorgeous and simple...and the photography is exquisite!

Sue(Mother of the Bride): Mathew and Kristin,
Can't begin to thank you for your professionalism, awesome talent, and complete and utter flexibility to shoot our daughter's wedding. I LOVE the pictures, the blog posting and comments you have made. As a parent, you always think your own child's wedding is something pretty special, but to hear you describe the day in your words, from your perspective, offers me yet another level of complete satisfaction. We are truly blessed to have had the experience.....making it a day none of us will EVER forget!!!

Jesse: Amazing. What an amazing day and an amazing couple. And the shots last one amazing, in car one amazing, they all make you feel so happy for Megan and Dan

Nelli: This is such a beautiful wedding. You can see and feel the love the these two have. Wow! You both photographed this well.

Megan: love love LOVE the pictures so much! Thank you Mat and Kristin for photographing our wedding! We had so much fun with you guys. We love each other very much and were happy that you were able to capture that love in these timeless photos.

Sara: These pictures are absolutely gorgeous! They truely show the emotion of the ceremony and of the whole day! It was so wonderful! The pictures are amazing. You look so beautiful Megan!

Missy: Wonderful shots! The day was amazing for everyone involved! Playin in the rain makes you feel like a kid again!

jean: The photos show so much love between Megan and Dan! The photographers really knew how to capture the moment. Beautiful pictures!

joe: So many funny shots...

Michelle: It looks like rainy days will always be special for these two. Congratulations to the happy couple.

Carol Robinette: It was a memorable day. There was so much going on, I am glad to see the pictures to find out all the things I missed.

Bryce: I just wanted to say that these pictures are AMAZING. They truly captivated the emotion, love, and devotion between Megan and Dan in a way that I have not seen before.

Noel: Megan & Dan,
All of your pictures are amazing. I am so sorry that I missed your special day, I am glad I got to see a portion of what the day was like. These pictures are to be treasured you both look great in them. :)
Love you,
Noel


Bob: Congratulations again guys. It was a really great time and your photos came out looking terrific.

Marc & Sunita: We really had a great time at the wedding. I just feel bad that my suit was a slightly different color of water logger than everyone else's. I am also hoping that the picture of the four people playing with the frisbee in the rain turned out well. Once again it was a great time and it really was awesome that the wedding went on in the rain.

Mike Simms: Great pictures that capture the emotions of the day! Amazing work showing the love and fun that Dan and Megan have.

Keith: WOW!!!! A Day that many of us will never forget, and now with these pictures, it will be much easier to hold on to the sights and feelings of the wedding, reception and the entire day. Megan and Dan look so much in love... which I think you two are!

"DJ" Josh: This is the most memorable wedding I have ever been to, or been a part of, and the pictures and simply awesome! They really help capture an awesome day!
Congrats Dan and Megan!!!

Rachel Fairfax: Wow, these pics are BEAUTIFUL! Although, it doesn't hurt that YOU are beautiful Megan. Not digging the one of me in the rain though... ) :

Dave: While the rain made the wedding "interesting" it was definitely the attitude and passion shown by Megan and Dan for each other that made it "memorable"! Great pictures capturing the day, though I'm missing the pictures of the great flower girl! (Sorry Megas, being her father makes me a little biased.) ;-)

Karla: You did a great job of capturing the atmosphere of the day. Such joy, fun, tenderness, love and beauty! This day had it all. Megan, you can't help but look amazing in every picture, because your inner and outer beauty shine all the time! Congratulations again!

Lorrie: Oh my!!!! I laughed,I cried..amazing pics! So many favorites! Awesome day, awesome couple.



Bill : Outstanding photos...especially the kiss-in-the review-mirror-with-Maid of Honor-walking-by one. I liked the "ring-finger" one as well. I liked them ALL. Despite the rain, the ceremony and what I saw of the reception (prior to the ER visit for the cut hand) were beautiful. Delightful settings for both wedding and reception.

Unfortunately, Shannon and Dave do not have an umbrella policy....

Shannon: Megan and Dan--

Your wedding was amazing and the pictures are absolutely beautiful! I love how the whole day and all of the emotions are captured. I can't wait to see all the rest of the photos! Congrats again!

Greg: Great pictures.. and what awesome memories! I know you guys are going to have a wonderful life together!

Emily: All these pictures are amazing! My favorite's the one in the backseat of the car, with the old fashioned look- love it! One can easily tell how in love they are!

Sally Clevenger: What a treasure these pictures are! Since I couldnt be there, I got to laugh and cry as if I were at the ceremony. An awesome start to an awesome marriage!

Tiffany: Wow! You werent kidding Mat, you guys were really in a monsoon!! But these photos are absolutely beautiful! Such great emotion. I love them all.. I cant even pick a favorite!

Bruce & Nancy: Wow! These pictures are just showing a bit of the love and caring that Megan and Dan showed on their wedding day. Through the rain, their devotion to each other shone through. Great pictures!!

Emily: These are amazing photos that captured every moment of the wedding. I was so glad to be invited as a guest because I was able to truly appreciate the overwhelming joy shared between Megan and Dan. Not even a hurricane could ruin their wedding day!

Alice Craig: A day cherished forever - even with or maybe in part because of the crazy rain. I like Mat

Dawn : Very nice pics Megan...Congrats Megan & Dan wish u the best of luck for many years to come:)

Elli: Wow!! What an amazing memorable day!! Im so glad I could share it with you guys!!