What a couple of troopers! They had an amazing location reserved at Kerry Park, but the weather had other plans and forced them to find a place inside for the group shots and ceremony. Fortunately, they had already rented a nice house where we were able to get some preparation and group shots. I think they were waiting to see if the rain might let up before they started getting ready, so there wasn’t much time at the house for many group photos. We decided that it would be faster to shoot out on the well lit covered porch, since adjusting the lighting inside the dark house would take more time. I think we did all of the group shots in a record 15 minutes! I do wish we had more time to arrange people better and vary the location and poses a bit, but I am very happy with a few shots that I got out of the bride and groom.
The day sped up again when I rushed over to the Swedish Cultural Center, where the ceremony was moved to and where the reception was taking place. A big window lit room was available for the ceremony and I was happy to see that the seats were being set up facing the wall rather than the bright window. I ran over to check on the status of the bride and then back to the room. In the 2 minutes that I was gone, I was horrified to find the chairs suddenly moved to facing the window! This meant dark silhouettes for me, but a pretty view for everyone else. It was okay though, since I had just enough time to throw on my flash to properly expose the couple. Given the window and the limited space to move around, I didn’t have the most ideal conditions for photographing a ceremony, but I made do under the circumstances. The ceremony was just barely long enough for me to get everything that I absolutely needed.
The reception was a lot more relaxed for Samantha and Josh. After socializing a bit, they were able to take some time for a few more couple shots that we didn’t have time for earlier. In addition to those, I had plenty of time for the more creative shots that I enjoy so much. I had the pleasure of meeting so many nice people during the reception and I got some great shots as well. I’ll post a few more favorites in my wedding gallery later.
I’m happy that everything turned out so well for Josh and Samantha after that crazy day, and I am impressed at how they handled it all! I wish them all the best!