Last Saturday evening I returned from a summer in RI, teaching kids about Marine Science and spending my days on Long Island Sound. It was glorious but that is for another post.
As soon as I walked in the door it was go time. The outlets in my office were jam-packed with chargers. Lights, stands, clamps and other pieces of equipment were lined up across the room like little soldiers waiting to be called into battle. Memory cards were cleared, bags were packed and I finally rolled into bed around midnight.
The alarm went off much too early but when I realized what day it was I sprang out of bed and finished packing the car. Mike and I grabbed some coffee and got on the road. Our destination, Stowe, VT, for the wedding of Emily Conley and Will Evans Benoit.
We arrived with plenty of time to scope out the venue. Will and the guys were hard at work, setting up and problem solving after a morning of torrential rain had thwarted their earlier attempts. Emily and the ladies were in the house next door getting hair and makeup done.
To be completely honest, I was wondering how the day was going to go. With over 170 guests and 24 people in the wedding party I wasn't sure exactly what the group dynamic was going to be like. Turns out, it was awesome. Em's ladies were sweet, sassy, helpful, and looked stunning in 3 shades of purple. Will's guys were awesome, hilarious, charismatic and couldn't wait to show off their lavender suspenders.
The ceremony was perfect. I had been fortunate enough to get to know Em and Will a little better over the summer and the ceremony embodied every bit of their sweet personalities and good humor.
Photo time after the ceremony was fabulous. I don't think I have ever worked with such an fun, easy group of people. There was no awkward posing. Both the girls and the guys got through the obligatory group shots quickly and gracefully and moved immediately on to more fun, rowdy group "non posed" shots. The girls' strategy involved an impromptu dance party to an inappropriate song and then a dash up the hill. The guys' strategy involved suspender stretching and then a slow, Baywatch style run toward me and ending in a groom tackle. I laughed out loud several times while editing these images.
After a beautiful ceremony and hilarious photo time, the last piece of the puzzle was, of course, killer reception.
Groom serenade of the bride, with a song he wrote about her, check.
Dance party, epic.
That's what happens when the groom is a ridiculously talented musician who knows many other talented musicians (many of whom were in the wedding party). Every single guest was out of their seat as soon as the first band started up. They played a continuous set of the most iconic songs that had ages 1 to 80 up and moving. For the rest of the night 3 bands rotated around the stage, collaborated with each other and just jammed out. It was, by far, the best reception I have seen. Really, from now on I think I only want to photograph musician's weddings!
I hope that every guest was able to sleep in the next day. They certainly earned it. We left a little before 11 and I can only imagine how long the party continued after that.
It was the perfect start to Emily and Will's new married life together. Cheers!