It was raining as I arrived at the location my GPS told me to arrive at, a vacant highway with what appeared to be an entrance to the venue blocked off by a locked gate. I parked off the side of the highway as far as I could without getting the Explorer stuck in a ditch. A half hour later the owner of the venue arrived and unlocked the gate allowing me to pull in and scout out the area. The only problem was it continued to rain and it continued to rain until an hour before the ceremony so an already nerve racking day was pushed to the edge by the relentless raindrops that at times came down so hard that I truly felt the ceremony would be forced to occur inside the cabin where lighting was already scarce! The bridal party got their hair and make up treatment upstairs in one of the three bedrooms in the lodge. Lighting was even more scarce as the only light to potentially assist with the low light photography was the sun hidden behind the ever increasing dark clouds.
In the mist of hairspray myself and Daniel Johnston (www.danieljohnston.net) attempted to work with what we were presented despite the low light we both decided the low light lenses were the only vice we could run with. The groom and groomsmen arrived at some point in the late morning probably during the rain I honestly dont remember because the entire time I was focused on whether or not we would face rain during the early evening ceremony.
The bride dawned her dress as her bridesmaids and mother assisted in the task of making the first moments of wearing her dress on such a special day memorable. She was surrounded by her closest friends and her two adorable sons who insisted on just being in her arms every moment at times making the task of photography difficult but it was beyond touching to see them appreciate their mother in such a special moment.
Shelby had yet to write a message to Travis so I was fortunate enough to capture her writing a sincere note of love to her soon to be groom that actually had a touching story behind it. It was years earlier that Shelby had her vehicle covered in those flashy post it notes by Travis informing her that he loved her. So it was only right for her to reply on such a special day that she loved him as well by using a post it note.
By now the skies cleared, the sun shined through and what was a cool moist day suddenly became warm, Daniel and I split up the wedding parties ensuring that the bride and groom didn't see one another before she walked down the aisle. The bridesmaids all exhibited love for one another and were thankful to be part of such a special day. They told stories and talked all morning and plotted on poses through out the early hours. We knocked out a variety of photos before we got the bride and groom at a corner of the lodge holding hands a half hour before the ceremony started.
I managed to step in the same puddle four times during the ceremony and each time it was as if the puddle decided to move and follow me. The bride made it behind the curtains for the ceremony without the groom viewing her via a golf cart draped in a white sheet so when she took the aisle the groom would see her for the first time. It was a nice alternative to the first sighting I have become so accustomed to. The curtain opened and Shelby walked down the aisle towards her soon to be groom flawlessly. The ceremony started and the rest is history, a gorgeous kiss followed by a procession of guests congratulating the couple before the party headed inside out of the way of the sun! Wonderful catering by the venue and music kept the party going! It was a gorgeous day despite the early morning doubts! I wish the couple the best as they continue to love one another!
Congratulations once again Travis & Shelby