This one is really fun. :)
It was one of those days, where you sit back and think….I have a really cool job. I remember trailing behind Tai and Chris passing back and forth the bottle of Champagne in their canoe… beer lodged in between my feet, and long lens in my hands. There were so many amazing moments, I just needed my trusty canoe captain (Chris’s best friend, who generously offered to be the sole paddler) to steer me in the right direction.
I met Tai in my first year shooting weddings. She was the maid of honor for one of my most memorable couples that year, Emily & Clay. Sometimes you really connect with people, and you are like…um, can we please be friends? Friend crush.Truth be told, that happens with a lot of my couples, and it’s one of my favorite things about my job. Actually, scratch that, it is my favorite thing about my job. Granted, I like that I found a way to use my creativity to do something meaningful, and make awesome images…but I love so so so so much the connection with new people. So a few years later when Tai & Chris got engaged, I was over the moon with excitement when she reached out.
Imagine how much that excitement doubled, no tripled (!) when she told me the plan. Her wedding would be split into two days, one small intimate day with their immediate family near her grandparents home, followed by an afternoon canoeing down the river. With beer, and champagne, and music. “So, in your wedding dress?” “Yes! I think I might even get in! Omg Omg…. coolest bride ever. “Is that going to be okay for your camera equipment?” She asked. “Like, getting in a canoe on the river?” My answer every time to any couple wanting to take it to the next level, is YES!” Every time. If you want me to ski down a mountain or get in a canoe I will do it! High risk, high reward. And there’s nothing more exciting to me than a couple who is into that.
Before the ceremony we were climbing trees (amazing!), and after the ceremony we were in the river. And as you can see….I mean IN the river. Tai brought this gorgeous little parasol and the light was perfect and she was perfect and I was having one of those experiences, like is this really happening? Am I really shooting a beautiful girl in the river with these colors and this light? Wow. “Yay for this day….yay that is my job!” I’ve included some behind the scenes shots of me, just because I want to share how much I love what I do, and was particularly loving it with Tai and Chris. Baby turtles taking flight, and family laughing the day away to the sounds of Led Zeplin and Bob Dylan on a sunny, summer day floating down the river in Princeton, NJ. Yes please and thank you.
A month later, the larger celebration began for these two adventurous souls, and they surprised me once again with their positivity and happiness. It rained most of the day, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying the swinging, volley-balling, and face painting fun. It was exactly what they wanted. I had to strongly suggest that Tai wait until we took a few pictures to get her face painted…she was so excited about it. Chris was excited to take his shirt off. I think that’s my favorite part about weddings these days…people are not afraid to do what fits them. And I am just so incredibly thankful that they ask me to come along and document their awesome story.