That first dance can be absolutely terrifying for most people. It doesn’t matter how much you have practiced in your living room… reality sets in when you have so many friends watching. And you both know it’s not cool to count out loud and look at each other’s feet.
I like the people whose first dance is a “What the hell, let’s just go for it!” kind of dance. There is always laughing and smiling between them because it really is just about the two of them… and that is what makes for compelling pictures.
Elena and Leigh have been a favorite couple in my long career… they have such an intensely special relationship. They have been in front of my cameras for several important parts of their lives and I am glad to have them in my circle of friends. Engagement to wedding to belly to baby to entire family… seems like we have a grand rhythm in our history so far… I love that I get to see them grow up a little every year.
The rooftop of the Ecotrust is a pretty great space for weddings if you can pick the cooler parts of the season… or if you want a whole lot of sunshine. ;0)
Let’s make happy pictures for your life!
We were just about finished with the portraits when I reminded Suzanne and Matthew that the party was just ahead. They had both been so focused on getting all of the responsible bits of the wedding day taken care of… so worried that something or someone might get missed. I watched as a visible relief washed over their happy faces. ;0)
The party is the reward you give yourself, the carrot at the end of the planning stick, if you will. The logistics of almost any wedding will drive most people a little crazy if they think about it too hard. When I arrived at the Ecotrust that afternoon, I encountered a stressed out Matthew in the parking lot. He was nervous about so many things. He improved remarkably when Suzanne swept into sight but it wasn’t until after the ceremony and a walk with her to do some portraits that I started to see him come back into balance. These two are made for each other and watching them come to life at their great party was a treat!
So do the homework and get a good night’s sleep. All that’s left is to get up on your wedding day, take the test and then party like you mean it!
Kudos to the planners from Soiree… always a professional team!
A sunny Saturday in June found Hannah and Sham exchanging rings on the roof of the Ecotrust… the tricky part was that he had spent the morning at a rock gym and his knuckles were swollen. When I went to watch them sign their Katubah, Sham was soaking his left hand in a bowl of ice water. Rabbi Kominsky was smiling during Hannah’s gentle attempt and we all watched Sham work it into place. The rabbi then went on to tell the crowd what had happened to this groom’s hand… a slight chiding in his voice. ;0)
A little advice from this photographer for all of you… consider the activities that you plan for the days before your wedding. I have had brides in tears with sunburns that will never match the lines of their dress. There have been spider bites and poison oak, nasty bruises and all sorts of minor miseries… and things like broken arms and legs, not so minor, but most of them could have been avoided by thinking a little bit about the possibilities. Take it easy and plan the physical risks for after the wedding if you can. I know that there are a lot of ways to reduce the stress but if it involves messing you up, think twice. Rest, massage, and hydration are the best things to do in the week before… you will feel better and the photographs will reflect that.
Exchanging rings should be one of the easy parts, don’t you think?
Hiring professionals will make your life easier, too. ;0)