As you can see in the photo, Stephen started his day getting ready at the barber with a hot towel shave. This was a first for us, and it was definitely fun to watch!
While I was at the Barber Shop with Stephen and the rest of his guys, Stefanie was at the house with Stephanie. (Sidenote: Stephanie's middle name is Ann, and it was determined that we were meant to work with her because those are also our names!) Shooting the getting ready images at the bride's house always allows us the freedom of creativity, because it is typically low pressure and you get to play around with the wedding dress and the accessories to create beautiful detail images.
After both the bride and groom were ready, we all rendezvoused at the church for the ceremony. Now, before this we had been given specific instructions as to where we could be in the church. (We included the videographers, who were two of the best videographers that we have ever worked with, they were just so in tune with us and had similar shooting styles.) We were both a bit nervous because the rules were pretty restrictive. But we talked to the officiant, and luckily, all restrictions were lifted and he said we could go where we wanted as long as we were not a distraction from the wedding. Of course, we never want to be a distraction so we were already prepared for that!
Throughout the whole day, it had been raining pretty decently but we still had our fingers crossed that we would be able to shoot some formals outside... sadly this did not happen. Luckily, the reception was held at Jericho Terrace which has beautiful indoor areas to shoot. And we were very familiar with this location because it is the same place that Stefanie's wedding reception was held three years ago, and in the same room!
And then we went to shoot in the dome room, where the reception was held. This was one of Stephanie and Stephen's reasons for choosing the Jericho Terrace, that room is beautiful and made for some stunning images!
The night rounded out with the reception, which included a performance by Stephanie's brother. You can see in the images just how happy and in love Stephanie and Stephen are, and you can also see what great personalities they both have, always with such sincere smiles.
Both Stefanie and I loved this wedding, and had a great time with our couple! Congratulations again to Stephanie and Stephen! We hope you had as much fun as we did!
"Human gesture and expression are the essence of photography. It's not about lights or fast lenses and fast film. It's the ability to a capture a moment in time. To capture the spirit of someone in that magic box is wonderful. It's what I fell in love with as a kid." -John Shearer