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April 25, 2009  -  Weddings

rebecca + william

Those of you who semi-regularly follow our blog probably know that yesterday was our first wedding of the season - we've been very excited to get back into shooting what we love most and have been talking about it quite a bit. Yesterday morning, when the boy woke us up at 6 a.m., Rich turned and looked at me and said, "I wish we were shooting right now. Do you think they'd mind if we went over and knocked on their door and told them we were ready to start and they should get moving?" And our first wedding of the year was Rebecca and William. You may remember them from such posts as, the Rebecca and William post directly below this!
Oh, even they think I'm a riot!! So, when we shot Rebecca and William's eshoot on Tuesday, Rich pointed out that Rebecca was wearing the same shoes he bought me last year (because I loved them but didn't want to spend them money - isn't he sweet!), and when I showed up, Rebecca pointed out that she had the same shoes I was wearing then. So, it's absolutely no surprise that I loved her shoes for the wedding!
She was radiant while getting her hair and makeup done. At one point, she said, "I'm not nervous yet, is that weird?" She was just so happy the whole day to be marrying William that it was so easy to photograph her.
I'm not gonna lie - I'm pretty proud of this makeup shot (yup, she did her own and looked amazing!!).
Wait - they got married yesterday, you say? What day was that? Oh yeah, 4/24 - boo-yah!
Meanwhile, I was hanging out down the hall with William and his family. I have to come clean on something real quick - I have MASSIVE iPhone envy. We have the world's crappiest cell phone and every time I see an iPhone I want to play with it - and how can you not love a phone that you can have count down to your wedding day?!?
Like you mentioned above, Alyssa, I just wanted to start shooting the moment we got up yesterday. Not only was it the first wedding of the year for us, but we were surrounded by other photographers. William is a fantastic music photographer whose work I really admire - and he teaches photography, too, so I was on my toes big-time. Add to that her brother rolling with a Bronica all day long, and it was a perfect way to start the year.

To digress for a moment - I bet you've never seen a ring shot with the groom's "lucky" D&G's...
The cuff links were an heirloom, as were the shirt buttons...I've gotta tell you, it's really important that we connect with our brides and grooms, and I couldn't have felt more like part of the family as we got the day started if I'd changed my last name. Everyone was so kind and genuine; it's not trite at all to say how lucky we feel to have the clients we do.
Well, almost everyone was awesome - I'll be honest, this was the first wedding ever where a member of the bridal party thought the day was more about her than about Rebecca and William - the flowerdog, Megan :) So, when the girls were getting ready, Rebecca was saying how this girl was crying all throughout the rehearsal, and they had to remove her from the sanctuary, and they were really concerned about her disrupting the ceremony and even had someone designated to escort her from the room if she was crying - which I thought was a little harsh to make someone leave your wedding for crying, until about a half hour later when I realized this girl, "Megan" was their dog!
But you're right about the families - from the minute I walked in, they were so amazingly welcoming, that I really got choked up when Rebecca's mom handed her off to William.
It was an incredibly touching moment - unfortunately I also had a touching moment involving my knee and the floor about a half-second before this when I tripped on a loose rug and fell over. I was pretty relieved everyone claimed to have not seen or herd it happen. Note to Trinity Episcopal Church: TAPE DOWN YOUR LOOSE RUGS!
Other than trying to blow my knee out again, I really liked shooting in Trinity - the light was falling really nice for us the whole ceremony.
Oh, I almost forgot about that! That was hysterical - and I know at least two people noticed, because they were definitely laughing, but you didn't notice, because you recovered with such flair and IMMEDIATELY had your camera to your face. I don't think you could've gotten it there fast enough, huh?
Well, my last job with a camera did involve needing to continue shooting while violently falling over on occasion. You know, before we go off on another tangent, I have to point out that we've shot a ton of weddings at this point in our lives and I have never seen a bride who smiled and laughed more during her ceremony than Rebecca.
I LOVE this recessional shot, babe. You killed it!!
So, I don't know if this is some sort of British thing, but this was William's fireman pose?
Braces - firemen wear those to keep their fire trousers up, right? (I think that sounded properly British - probably not). Oh, and queue up our random skateboarding wedding guest portrait shot:
We've shot under this for an engagement shoot before, but I've been dying to take a bride there, and since Rebecca and William aren't from here and have any sentimental places they wanted to go, they agreed!! Have I mentioned how awesome they are?
So, it's totally awesome we went there, because we ran across this (I know nothing about cars) little, British sports car was there, and even though they were shooting their wedding in a totally different country, their home was represented!
Yeah - how random was a Triumph parked on Delaware Ave?? You guys looked incredible - doing a second shoot with you guys in less than a week was a dream.
While Buffalo might not be THE place most reflective of their relationship, we were able to mix in a trip to Starbucks, which definitely played a large role in their early relationship :)
Afterward it was on to the Statler and the Terrace Room for the intimate reception...as we were walking in, we grabbed a few more fun portraits in front of the building...
I loved this little (rounded) corner of the Statler, and Rebecca's awesome bouquet (from Maureen's). It smelled AMAZING. And we just played a little on the street before we headed into their really classic reception.
A girl who bursts out laughing when her husband accidentally tries to rip out her hair with her veil is seriously my kind of girl!
So, really, the details of the day were perfect - every little detail was so classy, and it was really an elegant day to be a part of, but they definitely put their fun personality into things, like with their candy bar!
I love this cake!
The cake cutting was done with a calvary saber - another family pass-down. There were so many cool personal, traditional elements incorporated into the wedding. That's how to do it, too, making the day about family and the future by reflecting on the past and what makes a couple who they are both as individuals and together,
You know a reception is getting good when Grandma starts to boogie down...
This is one of my favorite shots I've taken in a long time...Rebecca and William got this killer jazz band together - it's awesome to have friends with incredible talent. They were unbelievable.
I know how proud you are of the shot above, and you should be - it's amazing.

Rebecca and William, I can't thank you guys enough for allowing us to be a part of your amazing wedding day. It was beautiful and perfect, and you are a wonderful couple with an AMAZING family. Thanks, again!!
Hair: Jamestown-based John David Salon
Dress:Lee Mar's Bridal Fashions
Flowers:Marueen's Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market

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