As a wedding photographer, I have become a big believer in providence – kind of like daily bread, we are given what we need in terms of light and location. The challenge is to recognize and utilize what we are given, whether it’s rain or sun, cathedral or church basement. We had a quick theological debate on the way home as to whether God had us in mind as the clouds moved in just the right place or the ray of light shot through the trees. I don’t really know, but we were given a spectacular day, and Stephanie & Mills gave us permission to run out from the reception for a couple of minutes to take some of the best pictures I’ll ever shoot.
I do know that Stephanie and Mills really take refuge in each other, and it was awesome to see him hold back the happy tears as Stephanie walked down the aisle. And it was so cool to watch Stephanie’s nerves melt away in their moments alone together. In many ways, not just the Young Life connection, they remind me Arianna and I almost 9 years ago, and I hope they keep their pure-heartedness and hunger to change the world.
One other note, after we took the cool pictures, I was walking down the road with the http://www.remedy-films.com guys, and out from behind a tree drives a moss covered car. . .even though it was bright red, the groomsmen had covered it so well that I didn’t see it 50 feet away from me! Absolutely hilarious!
Katheryn is an architecture historian/preservationist, and when she contacted me about photographing her wedding in a burned-out church in Beaufort, S.C. I couldn’t resist! Old Sheldon Church was originally built in 1770, burned in the Revolutionary War, rebuilt, and burned again by Sherman’s troops during the Civil War, and since then it has been maintained as an open-air meeting place. Yes, it was a beautiful as it looked! Katheryn and Wyatt had big plans for amazing pictures and arranged for us to make some fantastic stops between Beaufort and the reception in Savannah – one of which was top-secret, but definitely one of the prettiest places I’ve visited in my life.
Wyatt really impressed me with how in tune he was with Katheryn’s heart. He was just as excited as Katheryn about the locations, pictures, and he almost cried when she walked down the aisle (great guy!). And to boot, he had assisted a photographer for years, so he was quite handy with a light stand:)