This last week has been a complete whirlwind. I flew to Tampa Bay and back, and my mind is still processing the experience from beginning to end. My overly-layered Boston baby found herself soaking up sunshine in her Grandma’s backyard as I left her for our first full day apart and headed with Mike and Tom to shoot Jen and Mark’s wedding. This day came with a lot of anticipation and anxiety. I feel confident in my wedding photography, but to be shooting for a couple who you and your husband went to grade school with – well, that’s just an additional layer of I-better-not-mess-this-up. It was a good pressure and a needed one. I’ve found myself taking way too many pictures of Marin at home  during our almost weekly portrait sessions, but those don’t come with the adrenaline rush of wedding photography. If I miss a shot, no one knows and I can just try again. If the lighting isn’t what I’d prefer, I can wait till another time of day or use my spare canvas as a reflector. Weddings don’t provide the same type of promising settings again and again or the opportunity to just try tomorrow. Everything is in the moment, and there’s coordinators and schedules, and bad weather, and ____. You name it, and it probably happens expected or not during a wedding.

But this wedding, *this* was the kind of wedding I dream about photographing. As soon as I arrived at the spa, I got long overdue hugs from friends I haven’t seen in years! I got there early to enjoy some needed catch up time and to reminisce on what it was like to be (*sigh*) 8 years younger. Instantly, I felt a sudden ease, and realized that I actually *love* photographing weddings for couples that I know personally. From beginning to end, I couldn’t help but think this is probably the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to – and I was just photographing it! It took me this whole week to scrutinize what my favorite pictures were to share in this post today, and the best collection size I could get it down to was SEVENTY.

That’s SEVENTY pictures of some freaking awesome people who Mike and I got to grow up with and then party with for all of last Saturday. That I wish I could have hung out with again this weekend. And I’m going to warn you now, that’s SEVENTY pictures that are going to wish you were there to enjoy it all too.

 

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