Rebecca & Kevin
Wedding Photos - Elk Point & Dakota Dunes, South Dakota
I usually have the opportunity to do engagement photos with each couple I photograph prior to shooting their wedding. With Becky (Rebecca) and Kevin however, it just didn't work out due to our schedules, weather and the out of town factor. If we don't get to shoot engagement photos, it's never the end of the world, but it does make things a bit easier on the wedding day simply because the couple is more comfortable with me. It's nice if the first time you step in front of my camera is not on your wedding day when your mind is thinking about a million other things. Again, it's not something that worries me too much because I feel confident enough in what I do that everything will work out. This wedding had me a little nervous though. We didn't get to do the engagement shoot which can cause a little awkwardness as couples get comfortable in front of the camera, but what made me nervous was all the rain we've been having actually forced I29 to close due to the Big Sioux river threatening to flood over it's banks. It wouldn't have been a huge deal, except the wedding wasn't in Sioux City - It was in Elk Point and the reception was in Dakota Dunes - both on opposite sides of the closure. A simple 20 minute ride away from each other without the detour. With the detour however, it was a 75 mile reroute and about an hour and a half extra driving!! We would have been driving that twice in the same day - once to get from Dakota Dunes to Elk Point and once to get back. 3 hours on the road(give or take depending on driving speed)! No problem…. I was a little nervous because it was going to make our timeline even more difficult to get a lot of photos in for the couple, plus, it was one more thing to add stress and tension to a couple that had never been in front of my camera. Now I was getting nervous.
Calls were made, Becca and I tried to drive the back roads ourselves to see if there was an unlisted back road we could use… something, anything…. nothing. All that said, turns out we had a little good fortune on our side after all. The Friday before the wedding, the interstate opened back up and on Saturday Becky and Kevin were two of the most relaxed people I've ever worked with. I think the overwhelming stress of the interstate closing and how it would affect their guests combined with the relief of it opening back up made the normal wedding day stress seem like a walk in the park. They were both amazing to work with all day long. Not only were they awesome to work with, but they had an incredible wedding party! Oh my word… Becca and I usually have a great time with wedding party's anyway, but this group took it to another level! They were absolutely a blast to work with and they might have had more fun on the party bus than any group I've ever shot! What a fun group! After all the concerns we had leading up to the wedding, the day actually ended up going perfect.
Thank you so much for choosing us to photograph your day. You are a beautiful couple inside and out, with an incredible group of friends and family to support you. We were so blessed to be a part of your wedding. Thanks again! P.S. I hope you've had a chance to look through your photo booth pictures and videos! Oh my! Haha! :)
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Authored by: SHANE Photographed by: SHANE & BECCA Category: WEDDINGS Venue: IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH & DAKOTA DUNES COUNTRY CLUB Destination: ELK POINT & DAKOTA DUNES, SOUTH DAKOTA