Today we went with a bride and groom, and her parents and brother, to where they are getting married and will be having the reception. Now, this place happens to be Wehr Nature Center, so you can imagine the fun we had! First off, Eric and I had never been there. BIG mistake - the place is so cool! Before Bride and Groom arrived we check all the nooks and crannies we were allowed to, and questioned up the staff. (I found out the bird call I've wondered years about is the chickadee, cool, and they are having a Maple Sugar weekend March 24 + 25). To top it off they were boiling down some maple sap to turn into maple syrup, and the place smelled WONDERFUL.
Then the Bride and Groom arrived, and the silliness began.
One of the great things about photographing people, whether weddings or portraits, is that you get to meet a TON of fun people. Now, I've known this bride and groom awhile - he used to work where I work - but I'm finding how I'd never REALLY known him. He's MUCH more strange - and a bit like myself! - than I ever knew. Strangely, she is much more like my husband than I ever knew. Besides seeing where they'd like to have some of their post-ceremony shots, I learned a bit more about them to - hopefully! - work with them to get those real smiles everyone knows I like so much.
Also, where I had been warned of Dad, I think I may have found an ally. So, having met him before the wedding, I know he's a bit like my Grandpa, but younger and more flexible. (My Grandpa is almost 100, after all). This Dad is a little silly, but still wants the best for His Little Girl, trying to not let it show TOO much. Really, it's so cool. I'm still not sure if I have to worry about him taking the Bride down a path that ISN'T to the altar, but if he DOES do it, he's going to make sure it's a great photo op.
I LOVE my job!