As I was scrolling through the photos from Richard & Alex’s wedding (which was fortuitously on the same day that the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states) I noticed that it would make an interesting video. I’m usually quite reluctant to post unedited photos, but in this case I’ve made an exception. Here are the 747 photos presented in a video, showing Richard & Alex’s full day, from start to finish.
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.
Taylor contacted about shooting his and Tim's wedding 16 months before their wedding date. Immediately I knew I could work with these guys. Planners to the end, they were a step ahead of me on everything, almost always sending me an email the day before I had a reminder set to let me know it was time to reach out to them.
Our first session was an engagement session in New Haven, CT. I spent a year living in New Haven, so it was great for me to get back to New Haven and see the area again. More importantly, I got to know Tim & Taylor better, and see how much they care for each other, and the way they interact. Their dog, Roger, was a hoot to work with as well.
A year later I was in Milford, CT working with these two wonderful grooms once again. As expected, Taylor was laid back and in a "go-with-the-flow" attitude, and Tim was a one-man organizing machine. When it came time to get the groups together, he took the reigns - which is fine by me - and kept the area in front of my camera constantly full to maximize the time I had with the wedding party. After their ceremony, he wrangled the family like a pro, and put people to work helping me ensure everyone was visible and smiling. If nothing else, Tim might just have a career in people herding in his future!
I've told countless brides the same thing in the course of a wedding day: "No matter what, at the end of the day, you'll be married!" Similar advice could have been given to me as I sat helpless on a stalled train unable to get to the location where Jonathan would propose to Donna in just a few moments. As soon as the train opened I ran aboveground to get a cab and head off to Hell's Kitchen.
Jonathan was quick to make an adjustment to his plans, and I made it to the location with about 10 minutes to spare. Despite being late, shooting in the darkest venue I've ever worked (including an open-air rooftop in midtown Manhattan), and getting iPhone blocked by another patron, at the end of the night, Donna said yes, and that's all that mattered. Oh, and we also got some pretty good photos too!