As I’ve said before in previous blogs, weddings were not an avenue I had considered when beginning my photography business. However, after stepping into the role last year, I found real enjoyment out of capturing moments of a couple’s happiest day. I remember my own wedding almost five years ago and the rush of happiness, anxiety, stress, and pure joy instantly come back. The fact that I get to be there and be a part of someone else’s day is a real privilege. This wedding was also special because I feel that I have gone on a journey with an amazing couple, Samantha and Cory. We have been in each other’s lives for the past year, and their wedding was the bookend of several sessions together. Spending such time together truly creates a friendship, and it was lovely to see the two of them merge their lives together forever.
I was also really excited because one of my biggest mentors in photography would be assisting me. My husband really opened doors for me when I first stepped outside “auto mode” with my photography. Luckily I had a head start from the get go. My husband is an avid amateur photographer and has collected several lenses throughout the years. This meant I could take full advantage and use his equipment when experimenting with my growing knowledge. I love having discussions with him because I have always been drawn to portraiture, while he loves landscape photography. It’s a great conversation without feeling competitive (which let’s face it, we totally can be!).
As if my working team wasn’t awesome enough, I was also working with one of my best friends as well as an amazing event planner. Dianna Brister of GenerationB Events helped make the scenery beautiful and the day run smoothly. I also had the pleasure of meeting three talented videographers from Chris Ward Productions who captured priceless footage of the ceremony and reception. Samantha & Cory had such an outstanding team of professionals working to make their day enjoyable.
Their wedding theme was based on the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, later also adapted into a film. A heartbreaking romantic 1920s tale of love so strong it hurts. As you enter into the Singleton Pavilion at Elings Park in Santa Barbara, CA, you are immediately met with bold teal, metallic silver, and sleek black. Cylindric pearled flowers stand on elegant candlestick centerpieces, while peacock feathers add flare and texture. A beautiful gothic style candelabra floated above where the bride and groom would meet to exchange vows.
I absolutely love having two photographers when covering a wedding, and if you can afford it, I highly advise hiring a team to photograph yours. We were able to be in two different places to capture both sides of the bridal party getting ready, as well as a variety of angles and moments throughout the night; something that would not be as easy had it been just me. I was also thrilled that this couple was so open to a photojournalistic style. That opens the door to getting more intimate and real photos of the day. This, coupled with the fact that we had done prior sessions together (I HIGHLY suggest an engagement session to any betrothed couple!) made for a really smooth day, especially immediately following the ceremony where the more traditional posed photos are taken. Even if you have a more photojournalistic style, I still recommend posed photos. If not for you, do it for the future you that would love to look fondly upon them years down the road. I had so much fun during their reception. An amazing photographer, Donya of Donya J Photography, showed me the benefit of my fisheye lens-one that I had previously taken for granted. I loved being able to experiment and try out new techniques while everyone is partying on the dance floor.
The day was a wonderful success, and I cannot wait to get to work editing the photos and delivering them to Samantha & Cory. They are a wonderful couple and I am so happy to have gotten to know them better through this process! Congrats to the newlyweds!!