I rarely photograph a summer wedding where a guest doesn’t ask me how excited I am that it’s such a beautiful, sunny day. I always remark that I’d love some clouds, but that’s just me being a little greedy since it is a beautiful day. It’s just my nature as a wedding photographer that I don’t spend much time worrying about what the weather is like since I have no control over it and my job is to make the best photos I can regardless of what the heavens look like. Sun, rain, snow, blinding fog, wind, sleet—I’m basically like the mail man except that I am carrying some once-in-a-lifetime mail.
Then, once in a while, I’m at a gorgeous venue like being on the top of Schweitzer Mountain and I’m blessed with some clouds. And not just regular clouds, but those clouds that soften the light just enough while adding some great detail to the sky. It’s pure freedom. I can go wherever I want with whatever backdrop I want, in whatever poses I want, without regard to what the bright sun is doing. Liberating. Then there are things like ceremonies over which I have no control, yet, the lighting is perfect because the clouds are softening the light perfectly. No harsh shadows, no switching settings on my camera every few minutes depending on what direction I’m shooting, opportunities to use the entire location freely. Awesome.
Sometimes I don’t know what to do with myself in cases like this because they’re so rare.
Fortunately I was photographing Katie & Chris’ wedding with all their amazing family and friends watching them become official. It was magical.
Thanks to the crew at Red Letter Event Planning for helping everything run perfectly. Thomas at Traks handled the party and kept the dance floor moving. And of course, it’s always a pleasure shooting with Ryan Ferguson Films.
I’m not exactly sure what to say here that could do justice to the event that was Yashma & Wade’s wedding at Spokane’s Davenport Hotel! One of my favorite parts of photographing weddings is the way I get to witness how different cultures celebrate marriage. In that case this was a very unique day with a beautiful mixture of Hindu & Christian traditions that really showed the mixture that took place with these two amazing families. Add to that the incredible amount of fun and celebration that took place, and it’s basically a photographer’s dream.
Many thanks to the team who worked so hard to make this day such a magic one. The biggest kudos goes to Robyn & her team at Red Letter Event Planning. Design Events handled much of the design of the wedding and Gloss Makeup Artistry was responsible for the makeup while Lindsey D Hair Design had the hair taken care of. Angela Austin Floral Design took care of the amazing floral details. I’m sure I’m missing some people who really contributed, so feel free to let me know and I’ll get you added to this list. It was truly a team effort with everyone involved!