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I'm honestly having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I second shot this wedding with Marcella Treybig all the way back in 2012. Especially since I think about this wedding all the time. Whenever anyone asks me about my "most memorable" wedding or the "coolest thing I've ever seen," I always think of Michelle and Jared. Marcella finally told me I could blog it, and unlike all the other weddings I second-shot from years back, I actually wanted to post this one! Aaaaaaaand, at some point, I threw out all the images. Digital storage is cheap, people - don't get rid of things just because you think you will never have a use for them again (oy). Anyway, here are two images from the wedding. They're nice enough - Michelle is totally beautiful and wore this awesome black dress and veil. But what I would really love to show you is the crazy rainstorm and ensuing food fight. All the guests ran out in the rain and got drenched and then came back in and took shots of Jack Daniels. And smashed cake in each others' faces. It was AMAZING. And for some reason I didn't think to keep a single photo from the scene. Anyway! Enjoy these two. It was a great wedding. And now you're going to ask me: where is that venue!? and I will tell you: I don't think it's a thing anymore. I'm pretty sure it never had a name, and when I search for the address in Google, it is a for-sale listing. Womp womp. You'll have to get your crazy-awesome-funky-slanty barn venue elsewhere.
Before I start gushing, let me say a huge thank you to the amazing Kari Bellamy, who let me tag along at Jude and Mark's wedding. If you're a long-time follower of the blog, you might recall that I spent a good month in England and Belgium last year. As luck would have it, Kari needed a second photographer in that timeframe for a wedding in Yorkshire. In a castle. With an incredible couple. With a vintage tea party theme. Are you excited yet? Oh my god, this wedding. Also, it was in the English countryside and the heather was in bloom. Seriously, guys, this wedding. These are the kinds of venues wedding photographers get to work in England. This is Danby Castle, in North Yorkshire. It's the place where Catherine Parr moved after Henry VIII died. No, really. I learned all about English weddings, which are surprisingly different from American ones. For instance, there's a part of the ceremony you're not allowed to photograph - something legal. One of the great things about this day was that Jude and Mark hadn't hired a second, so I was "off the book" so to speak. Which means I could take whatever photos I wanted all day, without worrying about "getting the shot" or making anyone happy other than myself. Also, vintage tea party theme. I mean, could a wedding have a cuter set of decorations? I'm not sure it could. So another different tradition, is you have the ceremony (which has to take place under very specific regulations), then you have a "wedding breakfast", regardless of what time the meal actually takes place. Later, there's dancing and then another meal is served - weddings are allllll day affairs in England. In fact, the time to do portraits, rather than between ceremony and the meal, is between the "breakfast" and the "reception." We got to steal Jude and Mark away to go do portraits... ... in the freakin' English countryside, which was covered in heather. Yes, I was freaking out. Seriously. Picking flowers for his bride. Seriously. Then after the breakfast, after portraits and some more hanging around in a "cocktail hour" type setting, you have the reception with a "disco." Yeah just in case you can't tell, I loved this wedding. Loved this wedding. I can't thank Kari enough for having me along and Jude and Mark for not minding another photographer hanging around on their day. Maybe some day I'll have my very own English wedding clients (hint hint y'all).
I'm so pleased to share this beautiful wedding I second shot with Jessica Shepard late last year. The couple was so adorable and joyous and I loved their beachy decorations (and orange touches!). One quick note - before you fall in love with this venue (as I did), know that they have had some serious problems and are currently closed. Too bad - it was such a lovely place for these happy kids: I don't often go out to the Eastern Shore - not sure why, just don't get that many folks asking about it (though I would love to do a beach wedding this year!). So it was really nice to be by the water. Here's the view from the bride's hotel suite: Love Point at Kent Island really was a gorgeous venue. I had to stop the car on the drive in and take some photos. Orange at a wedding. It's the best. All morning, it rained and these big dark clouds filled up the sky. Just in time, with only a few minutes to spare, it cleared up. The staff dried off the chairs and the wedding went on at Love Point's gorgeous balcony overlooking the ocean. Forgive me so many detail photos. I really liked their classy but laid-back setup - orange napkins and wicker chargers and little bits of seashells here and there. And it's fair to say that I was obsessed with this tulle-and-Christmas-lights thing they had going on on the ceiling. You'll see more of it below. Just before they're announced. Congratulations you guys! And thanks again to Jessica for having me out.