Most of the time I have long wedding days, anywhere between 7 to 10 hours. Those usually allow a lot of time to capture a ton of moments and great photos. Well, my recent wedding with Laura and Beau had me photographing them for only 2 hours. The challenge with short wedding days like theirs, is that I really have to make sure I'm on my game to get a lot of quality photos in such a short amount of time.
Luckily for me, Laura and Beau were a blast to photograph and there were plenty of moments during my short time with them. I arrived in the afternoon, and as soon as I got there, the ceremony was just about to begin. It was perfect timing. I was already ready to go so I immediately started taking candid of guests and eventually Laura walking down the aisle. The ceremony was short and sweet and small. It took place in Beau's Sisters' backyard which was very pretty.
Once the ceremony was done, we pretty much immediately headed down the street to the tree farm. I have done a few portrait sessions there, and even an engagement or two, but never wedding portraits. I only had 30 minutes to work with but I was super excited to spend that time photographing Laura and Beau at such a beautiful location. Suffice it to say, we came away with some epic portraits. It helped that they were both so natural behind the camera.
I then took the afternoon off, and returned to capture just a little bit of the reception and first dances. Out of all the weddings I have attended, Laura and Beau's probably had the most kids. I loved its, since I adore taking photos of children. I got so many great candid photos of kids interacting with the rest of the guests and each other.
Everyone then gathered around in a circle, lit their sparklers and watched as the happy couple did their first dance. It was quite the scene, and the sparklers were a nice touch. After the dances with their respective parents, it was time for the rest of the guests to let loose. It was then time for me to go.
As I mentioned above, I was only there for a couple hours total, but it felt like much longer because I got so many special photos. Laura and Beau were the perfect couple and I can just tell that they are going to continue to make each extremely happy!