Emily called me with a tone of defeat in her voice. “I know this is a long shot, but are you available to photography my wedding next Saturday?” It is the question no photographer wants to hear as it normally means that something has gone horribly wrong. “Ehh…” I responded. “Well, I hate to not help you…I have a wedding reception that I am photographing later in the evening but perhaps…what can you tell me about your day?” Emily began to sound a touch more hopeful. She went on to explain her situation and that she would be getting ready at the Foundation Hotel and would like some Apparatus Room wedding photos before heading to the DIA and ultimately having the ceremony and reception in their backyard.
As we talked and troubleshot her situation, we both realized that with a little flexibility and creativity, we could really create a beautiful and memorable wedding day for her and Adam. I had shot Apparatus Room wedding photos before and LOVED the space. Over the years, I have heard time and time again the favorite images of weddings I produce for my couples are the artistic ones of themselves. If I could work with Emily and Adam up until their ceremony and then have another trusted photographer shoot the second half, they could have a beautiful portfolio of images and a memorable wedding day. As it turned out, we did just that. Probably one of the best things to come out of this rearrangement was an elongated wedding day. Rather than just go from one event to the next, Emily and Adam had a nice mid-day intermission where they could slow down, be present, and make some lasting memories.
The day started off with Adam getting ready with the help of his parents. Since the day was so flexible, Adam’s cousin and Emily’s father joined in the fun as well.
With all of the groomsmen upstairs, it was an easy opportunity to bring them down and photograph them in this beautiful space.
While the groomsmen enjoyed the rest of the Woodford Reserve, Emily was getting the finishing touches put on. She was so excited for her day to finally be here, you couldn’t wipe the smile off her face.
As soon as Emily was dressed, she was ready! She photographed so beautifully and effortlessly. Even though we were starting to feel the time crunch a little, it didn’t stop us from having fun.
While Emily’s mom and sister helped her get ready, Emily’s dad was waiting patiently for his turn to see his daughter. There “may” have been a tear shed…”may.”
Next, It was Adam’s turn to see his bride.
After capturing Adam’s reaction, it was time to start taking some Apparatus Room wedding photos. It is such a unique space, it is difficult to not want to spend the entire day there.
After the Apparatus Room, we had one more stop. Emily chose to photograph at the DIA to compliment the elegant and timeless style of their wedding.
Guys will be guys. I can only imagine how much fun their reception was. They were hamming it up hours before the party.
In all fairness, the girls were having some fun too.
With just a few minutes left before I needed to leave, I wanted to leave Emily and Adam with a few images that captured, what I felt, was their love and personalities.
Special thanks to Katie Jo Films for being such an awesome and collaborative partner on this wedding.