Taylor and Tim, and their dog Roger, have been busy this summer making the most of summer life. Thankfully for me, they’re patient and have been quietly waiting on me to get their slideshow video put together. They’re happy with how the slideshow turned out, which in turn means so am I!
Destiny, maybe? Richard & Alex' wedding date, which was chosen because it is between their two birthdays, also happened to fall on the Friday of the NYC Pride March in Manhattan. And even better, was the day the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of same sex couples right to marry. It was a great day for a wedding, and I'm so glad I was able to share in a little part of their celebration.
I met Beth several years ago at the Manhattan Pride Parade. At the time, she was just the crazy yelling girl behind me asking for swag. Over the next four years, we became friends through our Facebook connection, allowing me to work with Beth on several other projects as well. When Beth & Liz decided to marry, they've since told me, they were hesitant to ask me to shoot their wedding in Grand Teton National Park. When they did, I took almost no time to say yes, and I'm so glad I did! This was yet another fantastic wedding proving that my clients really are the best.
Liz & Beth were surrounded by 30 friends when they said their vows. There were countless other people around as well, and as snow fell lightly as they walked to the ceremony location, there wasn't a single person, in the wedding nor on the deck of the Jackson Lake Lodge, who wasn't smiling. In fact, two tourists even took the chance to photobomb the wedding by taking photos in front of the ceremony location with the wedding and the Teton Mountain Range in the background.
Once the wedding completed, Beth, Liz, and I headed out into the park for their portraits. Even though it was cold (it had, after all, just snowed) both were troopers and did their best to look warm before the camera. As we finished up and headed back, Beth asked me "Can we get one more shot?" "Of course!" I said, "what's that?" "I want a picture with a Park Ranger!!!" As we drove through the gate back into Grand Teton National Park, we stopped and Beth and Liz posed with the ranger for a quick photo.
Before David & Ian's wedding, Ian's mom walked over to me as I looked out over a fog shrouded New York Harbor and said in a surprisingly chipper voice, "We paid good money for that view, and now I can't see anything! But tell me, have you ever seen a happier couple? Be honest!" That positive attitude was on full display from everyone in the wedding party.
Later, as I listened to the audio of Ian saying his vows, I had to stop the recording before I went into full-on sad music mode. As any wedding photographer will tell you, it's our job to capture the joy and love at a wedding, and save that for generations to come. I can only hope that as David & Ian's family look at these photos, they will relive the wedding and feel the emotions all over again.