Wireless flash receiver, check. Transmitters, check. Camera gear, check. Allergy Medication…..Oooooooops, not check. Ruh Roh!!! Destination weddings can be adventures and I’m in store for one as I travel to Naples, Florida for part one of Emily and Vic’s celebration. Sinuses are killing me, my head is throbbing and of course the unmistakable scent of Stargazer Lily’s are permeating the air in every corridor that I walk adding layers of head-achy yuckiness. After breakfast I stay in bed for as long as I can possibly get away with before I need to join the getting ready festivities. There are some things that we never need to divulge to clients on their wedding day. One is whether or not you are feeling well. For me, it’s a non issue because regardless of how I’m feeling there are moments to capture and images to make!
So, I pop an excessive amount of Tylenol and splash some cold water into my eyes regrouping and willing this feeling to go away. I can’t say that it worked but I can say that the mood of the day was infectious despite the rain and gray skies. Emily and Vic were surrounded by friends and family and this was indeed going to be full of surprises and mass amounts of celebration. As timing would have it things ran a little late and we had to push portraits to happen after the ceremony. This would later be revealed to be a godsend as the clouds and rain didn’t clear until after they said their I do’s. Emily’s dad surprised everyone by replacing the officiant for the ceremony. Hearing his voice tremble and choke up as he spoke the words that would marry his daughter really resonated with everyone. It was touching and inspiring… I love the cohesiveness of their family and friends. There were no lines between them. They were one and the same. This would remain true for the celebration part two to be held back in Baltimore at the Grand Masonic Lodge.
An emotional ceremony, a breathtaking burst of light for the portraits and a night culminating underneath starry skies. What more could you ask for???? I am thrilled with these images and I am blessed to have met this amazing family (thanks to Jen and Michael who were so kind to refer me whose wedding I photographed last year). You all made me feel so welcome and every interaction was a love fest =) Thank you also to the exceptional staff at the Ritz Carlton beach club in Naples! You were so kind to hold umbrellas over me and my equipment as I shot the ceremony. Up, down, walking all around!!! Kudo’s to you! No water damage- woohoo. Please enjoy the few images posted and then the slide show since I just couldn’t narrow my faves down to a handful!!!
I love that Emily had both Bridesmaids and BridesMen = ) Your best friends are your best friends, regardless of gender!