E+R Wedding at Deer Park Villa
Instead of shooting Game 6 of the Warriors v Rockets, I headed over to Deer Park Villa for the wedding of E & R.
I showed up early to make sure I could get them getting ready and their first look.
It was also great to knock out out some of the group photos before the ceremony. In an unusual twist for May it was raining during the week so we didn't know what kind of weather we were going to get. Even with weather uncertainties, I ALWAYS prefer an outdoor wedding! And in this case, it worked out. Everything was green and lush, not too dried out and the day was sunshine perfection.
Such a beautiful wedding of a great couple.
I often approach weddings similar to sports. I'm working on my feet going to cover what happens. But it's also good to have some background whether it's knowing someone is about to reach a hit record or whether or not they plan to toss a bouquet. Touching base with the security officials about whehter I can shoot end zones and sidelines, or with the rabbi and where he's comfortable me shooting from so I am not invasive or disrespectful to the ceremony. In this case, the rabbi didn't want me anywhere near the chuppah during the ceremony, which I respected. It made it tough to get the perfect angle as I was blocked by trees and bridal party, but this is when having long glass comes in handy! Ultimately I think I found a way to make images they will treasure without it being at the expense of the rabbi's request. He later told me he didn't even see me during the ceremony, which I generally take a compliment when it comes to wedding.
After photographing this couple at Anna and Brendon's reception, I knew their reception would BRING IT! And it didn't disappoint. The Hora did not disappoint!
When started at 8:30pm and was scheduled to go until midnight, I thought no way. Most weddings have a crowd disperse by 10pm. Maybe some drunken folks remain around 11pm. But this was everyone, parents included, getting their groove on until the clock struck 12!
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