Andrea and Matt had a rockin’ New Year’s Eve wedding in downtown Birmingham at First Methodist church and the Sheraton. We got a warm, albeit windy day, but that made for some fun pictures. Looking back, I really, really liked the flow of the wedding day. The ceremony was at 3, so afterwards we took pictures and then went to Wine Loft so they could hang out with the wedding party for a couple of hours before the reception started at 7. I feel like so many times the wedding day is a total blur, but their day was so relaxed.
A couple of cool ideas from this wedding – the ring bearer ringing the bell and calling out “here comes the bride, here comes the bride” – the second time I’ve seen this, and it’s so cute. And how about the garter wrapped around a football for the garter toss. . .why not, this is Alabama after all:) And the party-bus to take us around the city was so nice – we went from the church to railroad park to Wine Loft to the Sheraton with no trouble at all.
Also, Danny from Feelthebeat was the DJ and did the photobooth – I dig the “Just Married” sign.
I went out to Montana last week for the Big Sky Photo Summit, basically a workshop for wedding and portrait photographers. I love being able to learn in a small-group setting, and being around other photographers is great for refocusing and getting the creative juices flowing. We were able to do some model shooting, which was totally awesome despite the -9 degree cold! Tiffany, needless to say was extremely tough, especially considering she had just moved to MT from Hawaii! The key to making the cold manageable is to take a few pictures, put a jacket on, take a few more, go inside to warm up. . .but I still can’t believe how comfortable she was holding the snowboard – that thing was FREEZING! Marlon D. Richardson was kind enough to let me shoot with him for the afternoon – we’ll see what the coming years bring him, but my prediction is that he may be one of the next great wedding photographers. Tracy Thompson put the conference together, and I’m so glad she put in the amazing amount of hard work to make it happen!
Lisa & Ron Alyn have to be two of the happiest, funniest people I’ve ever photographed, and I just love these pictures. We had some snow leftover from the Christmas storm, which led to one of my favorite picture of all-time, the groomsmen throwing snow-balls at me! And is that not the cutest flower-girl ever?
December 27 is a slightly unusual time for a wedding, but I think it is a brilliant idea. It’s just after Christmas, so family and friends are home and most people are off of work and school. Lisa and Ron Alyn are going through Medical and Dental school at the same time, so it worked out perfectly for them to have a honeymoon over winter break. Also, my brother was home for Christmas, so he was able to come second-shoot with me, which was fun too!