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September 23, 2011  -  Weddings

chelsea + jay

We're catching up on blogging our last double-wedding weekend of the year which means we are dangerously close to entering the home stretch of the wedding season. Wedding season for a full-time wedding photographer in the Northeast, where you need to shoot a year's worth in the span of a few months, can get a little crazy. But we're hanging in and are moving from the constant-editing phase of the year and into the design-a-billion-albums phase of the year. We've got nine left for the year and we shoot right through NYE, but we're feeling really good about the year and all the amazing couples we've worked with so far.

Of all the memories I have from this year, I'm going to have a ton from Chels and Jay's wedding. Heck of a wedding day for them and we were very, very happy to have gotten to know these two and all their friends and family. It was one of those days where you walk in and you're instantly welcomed and it feels like you're very much a part of the day, not just witnessing it.


Yeah - it was pretty amazing. They couldn't have been a more amazing group of people, and it was a pretty amazing day.

You know, Rich and I don't see each other's photos from a wedding day before the blog, and he never mentioned anything about the above photo, so I'm scrolling through the wedding figuring out what we're gonna put on the blog and then, Shrek. I have no idea why it's there, but I love it :)
It was that kind of day. I mean, we could probably have done an entire blog post of groomsmen with pocket knives photos. Engraved pocket knives are a cool groomsman gift. Really. Even if drinking is involved. Really.

And it was an outdoor, yet covered venue. Great light, awesome emotion. I LOVE that long shot of Chelsea and her dad before walking down the aisle.
Since we were at Kloc's, we popped out back for portraits during cocktail hour before heading into the reception. I do love how the place is covered, yet outside. I know that pretty much every wedding that takes place in California gets to be outdoors because it rains 10 days a year, and in a place that does have rain and (yes, even on unexpected wedding days) snow, outdoor weddings aren't as common, so it's nice at Kloc's that you have the open-walled, out-door feeling but a cover (and outdoor heaters) in case the weather doesn't cooperate.
If we ever have a daughter and she gets married and I have to do a father-daughter dance - I'm going to be a HUGE MESS. I know this because Chelsea and her dad had a pretty amazing moment and I got choked up. And then Jay and his mom tore it up. And, hey - do I get to do anything at our sons' hypothetical future weddings other than booze it up?
I don't think you get to do much, except maybe pay :)

Anyway, it was an amazingly fun day and the reception was no exception. It was a blast, and it was so much fun to photograph. We're cutting out to go prep for tomorrow; Chelsea + Jay, thank you a million times over. It was one hell of a day!

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