Lisa and Matt Tie the Knot

With another wedding under my belt I am grateful for these opportunities to capture memories and continue learning about the pacing and pressures of wedding day photography.

I’ve known Lisa for 14 years. I was fortunate to watch her beautiful daughters Kaleigh and Kristyn grow up as my ballet students. I expected to see people I knew at Lisa’s wedding, but most of the bridal party and many of the guests were people with whom I have spent most of the past 15 years. My photographer-friend perspective was simultaneously as participant and outsider.

When I arrived Saturday at 4:00 the bridal party preparations were already festive and celebratory.

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After Lisa’s finishing touches, we headed outside to the garden venue for formal photos of the bridal party, then I left the ladies to grab a few shots of the groom and his men before guests arrived.

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The sun was still bright as the guests started arriving around 6:00 p.m. which created a challenge for my camera — I tried my best to frame the scene under the soft shadow of the gazebo, but that wasn’t always practical or possible.

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The wedding began and the pressure was on to catch all of the important once-in-a-lifetime shots — while staying out of the way. It was a beautiful service, led by Chris Chappell, who ensured that any tension was lightened with laughter.

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We finished the formal group photo session with the groomsmen, who started by saying “we don’t want to be serious.” I suggested my go-to Toyota jump, which was immediately shot down. I love what we got — I think we perfectly captured their mood and camaraderie without being too serious.

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I’ll let the photos tell the story of the reception, from the introduction of the newlyweds through the 80’s dance party and bouquet toss.

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Congratulations to Lisa and Matt and best wishes for many years of happiness!

I love love love being part of these occasions and I can’t wait for my weddings next month!

I leave you with a few more images of warmth, friendship and happiness…

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