Once upon a time, a girl named Christina read my blog. We chatted a few times on various internety places. She contacted me wondering if I would be able to photograph her wedding in a year.
Now, normally brides scare me. What? Yes. I am admitting that. Brides have been told that this is their day and their expectations are sky-high and that intensity just scares me. I am a pretty laid-back and down-to-earth person, and I always worried that won’t mesh with high-strung brides. But I could tell Christina was different. After I blogged about the no-electricity wedding (great wedding! but photography was a challenge), she emailed me to reassure me that she wasn’t looking for anything crazy intense. Her thoughtfulness and kindness was so unexpected and sincere that I knew immediately that I wanted to meet her. Which meant, yes going to Chicago and photographing her wedding.
I was a hot mess of nerves, if we’re being honest. I couldn’t sleep well the night before the wedding, waking up to worry about everything going wrong. But as soon as Melanie (my sister and second shooter) and I met Christina and her bridesmaids, I felt at ease. They were welcoming and kind and utterly down-to-earth. And Drew! Oh, he was so sweet and hilarious. I mean, he went to Toys R Us the morning of his wedding to buy a toy. It’s hard to be around him for more than a minute and not have him make you laugh.
Melanie and I had more fun photographing a “stranger’s” wedding than I have had at most weddings of people I know. This is partially due to the fact that their friends and family were incredibly welcoming and warm to us (photographers! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone talk to the photographer at a wedding. At yet, we were chatting with people all night long.) and partially because it was just a great, intimate wedding. The reception was at a bike-slash-coffee shop and full of sweet, beautiful details, like the typewriter guest book and cake-made-by-Christina favors.
I feel beyond lucky to have been a part of Drew and Christina’s day. You guys, these two are wonderful together. Within the first few moments of seeing them interact, I could see how perfectly they compliment each other.
I was thinking all day long about if I’d want to do this whole wedding photography again. I’m still not sure. It was seriously so fun and special being a part of a wedding in a different capacity. But, it’s sort of stressful to have once chance to get each important shot, you know? Plus, I still feel that gap and slightly inadequate. And also, what if every bride is not Christina? (I’m kidding. Mostly.)