Whenever I have the chance, I love to second shoot weddings. It gives me a creative license to shoot in a way I wouldn’t necessarily risk because the primary responsibility isn’t on me. I can try a funky composition of the couple without the fear of missing the classic shot they want for their album. But I’m also forced to look for new angles because the first (and sometimes most obvious) shooting spot is already taken. I always walk away having learned something new because I’m working with someone who does things a little differently than I do.
This is the 2nd time I’ve had the pleasure of shooting alongside Lauren of I Love You Much Photography (or Mrs. Scissors for you Weddingbee peeps). This wedding was so big, there were actually three photographers! And because it’s so big, I’m going to split this one into two parts. First up, everything leading up the reception.
I think you’ll be able to tell by the first few images which of Meg’s wedding details had me completely smitten. 😉
Meg and her girls got ready in the beautiful Sheraton Suites. Even with a suite, the room quickly got crowded with several bridesmaids and two photographers (our male photographer was with the guys). This gave me the challenge of finding moments while staying out of Lauren’s shot. As a main photographer, I’m allowed to go anywhere I want to ensure I get the shot. But I learned that by being aware of where my second photographer is (and vice versa), we can find several different moments happening in the same time and unique angles of the same moment.
The gals came prepared for the day. Everything from 5-hour Energies to iPad music to fun props for photos!
These were some of the prettiest bridesmaids’ dresses I’ve ever seen. And of course, more gorgeous shoes! ♥ me some shoes!
And Meg’s dress? To DIE for.
I wasn’t around to capture the official “daddy sees daughter in wedding gown” moment, but Meg’s dad still seemed elated to see his princess in regular clothes on her wedding day. ::heartmelted::
Mommy was full of joy as well!
A quick toast before heading to the church for final preparations.
Couldn’t help myself…more shoe lovin’ ahead…
Then came time for Meg to become a bride. It’s a good thing the girls remembered that little buttoning tool. Those button loops were too tiny for fingers!
Lauren left for a moment to scout locations for the first look, so I had a few moments to capture some fun “Facebook” shots of Meg with her ladies in the church basement. I love that there was a window to provide some beautiful nature light for these.
And soon we were off to the first look!
Since Lauren and Kevin (the 3rd shooter) were already outside for the first look, I stayed inside to grab a different perspective instead of crowd the space and intimate atmosphere. Because I made that decision, I was able to capture her sister and another bridesmaid sneaking peeks of the first look.
Once the first look was over and the formals began, I snuck outside to grab some images with my long lens. I may have even snapped an image of Lauren, too (even though she hates it!). 😛
Helloooo lovahs. I’ll take one of each please.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is absolutely stunning. The stained glass, the beautiful chandeliers, and of course, the lovely ceremony held inside.
I loved that Meg and Michael opted for a full church service and happened to get married during it. Church is important to them, so they chose to use this occasion to share it with all their friends and family. For me, it felt like I was back at my home church and was very refreshing. I watched from the balcony (church rules stipulated no photography on the floor once the service began) as the guests took communion and sang hymns and recited psalms. The service was done beautifully so even if a guest isn’t religious or of another denomination, they could still relate to the beauty of marriage and the positive messages.
If you know me at all, you know I’m a diehard Georgia Bulldog fan. But even I couldn’t help smiling at the fact Meg and Michael rented a Tech trolley for transportation. I love other diehard football fans, even if they are my arch nemesis! Thank goodness their wedding wasn’t at the end of November. 😛 It also doesn’t hurt that the trolley reminded me of the trolley I had for my own wedding.
Stay tuned! We’re taking the trolley to the reception in Part II!
Main Photographer: I Love You Much Photography
Coordination: Ashley Baber Weddings
Venue: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Reception: The Foundry at Puritan Mill
Catering: Affairs to Remember
Music: Avalanche Entertainment
Sweets: Caryn’s Cakes (now Wonder Cakes) + King of Pops
Fleur + Decor: Bold American Events
Hotel: Sheraton Suites
Hair: Sego Salon
Transportation: Tech Trolley