I am still way behind on my blogging, but here is a wedding I shot this last fall in South Sioux City, Nebraska at the Marina Inn.
Donna and Jack's wedding was beautiful (they chose to go with an Art Deco theme), it was hot (literally, it was like 100 degrees outside that day), it was sentimental, it was romantic and it was fun. These two people are such a delight to know and it was such an honor to photograph their wedding.
These two were married outdoors on the riverfront of the Marina Inn. The whole wedding was riddled with sweet moments between Donna and Jack and the wedding party was a hoot! Jack's sister - in a word: Hilarious! Her maid of honor speech was like a comedy sketch! Everyone was dying during her speech!!
At the time of their wedding, Becca (my wife) was about 8 months pregnant. She was still helping photograph weddings, but only doing what her body would allow her to do at that time. Needless to say, everyone was awesome to her! She had lots of people being sweet to her, wanting to touch her belly, etc. It was cute and it meant a lot to me, knowing that so many of Donna and Jack's family and friends (most of whom barely knew us) would be so caring and kind to my wife.
Oh, and Jack's parent's - Dan and Sheila - we adore them! Got to see them again over Christmas when they were picking up some of their prints. Still think they're just incredible people. Unfortunately, Donna's mom was sick in the hospital somewhere outside of Sioux City and we were unable to meet her. We wish her the best though. She has an incredible daughter! Donna's father was with us in spirit and he was the source of some of the sweet sentimental moments during the wedding. Donna had cut a heart out of one of his blue ties and had it stitched into the under part of her dress. It was beautiful and very moving.
We were so glad to be a part of their wedding. Also, one of the things I often tell brides when we meet with them is this, "If you want to try something, just tell me. The answer will always be yes."... I am ALWAYS willing to try for some sort of shot at the brides request. I can't always guarantee I will get what they're looking for, but I'm always willing to try. This wedding was a prime example of WHY I always do that. We were doing a shoot at the Sioux City Art Center and there was a huge Leonardo DaVinci display of "The Last Supper"... To be honest, for most of the shoot, I was annoyed by it's presence because it was "in the way" of other shots I wanted to get. Time was running short and we had about 10 minutes to get back to the Marina for the wedding ceremony. We were about to bolt out the door when Donna asked me, "Can we get a picture in front of the DaVinci painting really quick?" My answer as always, was "Of course, let's just knock it out quick"...
Needless to say, when Donna got in the middle and took the "Jesus" pose, my jaw about hit the floor because I knew right away it was going to be one of my favorite shots of all time. We helped position the group and they were pretty awesome about getting in position and holding character, but the last shot below is the one from that shoot. I absolutely love that shot and it never would have happened if I didn't say "yes". So again, if you as a bride, ever want to try something, the answer is always yes. :) There are probably more photos in this blog post than I normally would put up, but there was just so many good shots that came out of this wedding. Hard to only pick a few favorites. Enjoy!