June 20, 2011

Angie & Ben :: W City Center Wedding

I’m a photographer and, because I’m a photographer, I tend to have a pretty myopic view of weddings. For me, everything is about the pictures. You’re going to have a live mariachi band? What does that mean for photos? Grandma Sally is wearing lime green? Photos. You want to wear a 1950’s style beehive? Photos. You get the idea.

So, when I found out that Angie and Ben’s wedding–which I shot last Saturday at the W City Center–was going to be dark, dark, dark, I was a little worried. Getting ready room? Dark. First look location? Dark. Ceremony location? Really dark. And, to top it off, we only were doing 10-15 minutes of portraits (on a day when it was supposed to thunderstorm). I was right in the middle of my own little photographer’s pity party when I realized something important: this day wasn’t about me, it was about Angie and Ben. My job was to show up and do my best with their day, their dream. And that’s what I did.

And the truth is, though these photos are very different from my usual aesthetic, I love how Angie and Ben’s wonderfully quirky personalities are represented in these pictures.

I also want to give a special shout-out to a couple of wonderful vendors that made the day such a success: Heather from Greatest Expectations and Ken from Poetic Productions!

Guys’ shoes don’t get much love on blogs, but Ben’s deserved some attention.

They did a first look before in the hotel lobby. Love these!

We walked around the area right outside of the hotel for a quick portrait session. This is my favorite (and it wasn’t even staged). They both look totally thrilled to be marrying one another.

Right before the ceremony, we snapped a few more shots in their hotel room. Angie was in love with these faces, and we wanted to incorporate the graphic into some of their portraits.

Totally fun! And something that’s completely out of my norm.

A couple shots from the ceremony. (Shot at 2500 ISO, for all you photogs out there.)

The reception decor was beautiful, metallic and romantic. All the gorgeous florals were done by Fleur.

I hope Angie doesn’t hate me, but how could I NOT post this photo from their introduction? (Andrew WK was playing, btw. Obviously, Ben was excited about it.)

Don’t worry. We transitioned straight from that into some folk dancing.

And, finally some late night cigar smoking.