Although photographing a wedding is an experience I have the privilege to enjoy every Saturday during the fall months, they are never typical. Something always sets a wedding apart from the rest, whether it is the people, the décor, the class, or even the ceremony. No two weddings are exactly the same, which makes it an amazing thing.
This past Saturday, another photographer, Anara, and I covered a wedding at the First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church, and the reception in the Crystal Room at the Marrott Hotel. Very beautiful, of course. The timing was great, and we even found a little bit extra of it, which is always a good thing. It speaks well of the couple when everything runs smoothly on the wedding day.
What made this wedding different from any others I had photographed before are the family relationships. Two families becoming one is a wonderful thing, and this family couldn’t be happier. The sisters by marriage embraced the bride as one of their own, and the bride returned the acceptance. The parents of the couple were wonderful, not overbearing, and truly helped the event run smoothly.
It got me thinking, what sets us, Bello Romance Photography, apart from all the other photographers? Are we typical? Are we different? Is different the good kind? What makes us that different, amazing thing?
The ceremony came and went flawlessly, with happy tears and proud ‘I Do’s’, and the bridal party prepared to depart for photographs at Butler University. Anara and I slapped the lens covers on our cameras and began to put away our equipment, when a man approached us.
He was the lighting and maintenance man for the church, and had been for the past twenty-three years. He explained to us how he has seen nearly three hundred weddings, and had seen a lot of ceremonies, all different, and a lot of photographers. Three hundred typical photographers.
He was amazed at how active we were, taking the chapel by storm and the service by the reins, in a tasteful manner. He explained how the photographers he usually sees work with a tripod when the bridal party and the bride enters the church, snaps a photo of the kiss and the vows, and again with the tripod as everyone exits the service.
In contrast to his former experiences, apparently over the last twenty-three years, Anara and I capture every magical and artistic shot in the ceremony. We wandered around the church, snapping from every angle, and even laid on the floor for that perfect shot. I shot from the second floor choir loft to get the best angles from the architecture, and Anara used her long lens to ensnare the emotion.
We were everywhere, but never too close or too loud to be a disturbance. No flash photography was allowed, and we didn’t go past the fifth pew in the aisle, as to not distract from the ceremony and the newlyweds. We were aggressive in getting the shots we needed, but serene on the outer shell to fit the mold and blend in.
Our outcome? A successfully shot wedding ceremony and a happy family. Not to mention the church maintenance man who promises to refer us from now on. What sets Bello Romance Photography apart from the rest is that we go over and above the expectations of the typical wedding photographer. And that’s an amazing thing.