At the risk of sounding like a giant cheeseball, I can honestly say I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my New Year’s Eve doing anything but documenting this lovely couple’s incredibly sweet wedding and reception at St. Margaret of Scotland Church and Point of View in St. Louis (sorry honey, it’s true…my husband isn’t a big New Year’s guy, so it’s okay.)
Marty (the groom) and I go way back…like get in the way-back machine and set it for the mid-1980s…and I was so happy to reunite with him via good old Facebook…and on the dawn of his engagement to lovely Christina! What luck! They had another photographer lined up (well, two actually) and, after quietly assasinating the one with the digital equipment (shhhh…it’s our secret,) they hired me last-minute to fill in. I brought along my trusty assistant and general wind-beneath-my-wings woman, JJ Lane, and we made the following photos (plus a few hundred more.)
If you know my work at all, you know that I’m not usually too big on trendy/funky color alterations…I go straight up true color or b/w on most days. However, in this situation (night time, odd church lighting configurations, creative-minded clients, etc,) I made an exception to my rule and did some tweaking on the color for a few sets. It’s a slippery slope, for sure, and one that I wear my heavy-tredded shoes when riding, but I hope they love the fun I had jazzing up a few of their images.
In addition to our candid wedding documentation, Marty and Christina (who looked beautiful, by the way, with a gorgeous head by Pixies Hair Design) added a portrait station to their wedding reception. What the heck is a portrait station? I’ll tell you…it’s when I cart in a whole photo studio and put it up in the middle of your party, that’s what! It’s super fun but, let’s be honest, the bartender and the dj do just as much of the work as I do once the party gets rolling. I love shooting fun, yet timeless, portraits in a party environment…and the guests get the option of buying prints for themselves later, which lots of folks love.