When I sat down with Katie and her mother, little over a week before the wedding. I asked her one of my favorite questions, to ask a bride before their wedding.. “What is the one thing that you don’t want to happen on your wedding day?” I ask this question for a few reasons, one I really want to know the things they fear about their wedding day. Therefore if there is a chance that I foresee, or can help stop something from happening I want to try. When I asked this question Katie had no thinking or pause in any sense. There was an absolute answer, “No Rain” she said…. Now I have heard this answer before, what bride wants it to rain on there big day, no one. Although with hurricanes Harvey and Irma decimating the south with loads of rain to come, I cringed and simply asked “anything else?”. Low and behold what an absolutelty wonderful day we received, and what a day it was. A photographer couldn’t have asked for a better bride and groom, Cody and Katie are fantastic. Laid back, easy going, at the same time well scheduled and prompt. Anytime a bride brings a 3-ring binder to a meeting I know that we are going to get along! Thank you Cody and Katie for allowing us to be a part of your big day, here are just a few teasers until the rest are finished!
So one day I get a call from Steven, a client that I have worked with in the past although for commercial work. As we exchange pleasantries, I notice he seems overly excited about something. Now not knowing him personally very well, I put that thought in the back of my head and continue to listen. He goes on to explain that Natalie (at the time his girlfriend) had expression some time before, that a perfect proposal for her would be in a hot air balloon. Come to find out, after hearing that Steven’s reaction was something less than awesome… I am pretty sure his words were something to the effect of, ” I am never getting in a hot air balloon!” We talked for a little while about how everything would work and where to meet. All the while, not knowing the aforementioned quote of ‘never getting in a hot air balloon’ the more we talked, the more I could really sense the excitement but a bigger sense of nervousness. On the other hand, I told Steven “absolutely sounds amazing” with a stomach full butterflies myself. I like Steven, and come to find out Natalie have never been in a hot air balloon before. I had no idea what to expect, so I asked around to other photographers, friends, and family. So the night before the flight, you have to call and make sure the weather will be clear enough. Friday the 18th I get a call from Steven at 9:15pm. A bit of a problem, the weather is incremental and will have to call back in the morning at 5am to check the updated forecast. Still sensing the excitement with a dash of nervousness, he says ” no worries, we’ll just have to adapt and overcome”. At 5:05am the next morning, I get another call “unfortunately the flight is canceled.” So we schedule 3 more contingency plans, for the following saturday and sunday. Friday night at 9pm, phones rings Steven “Flight is on, good to go”. The morning of Saturday the 26th was absolutely clear, maybe a little chilly about 55F. During the flight prep and actually setting up the balloon nervousness swam through the chilly morning air, although you could tell in an instance how much Steven and Natalie truly love one another. Would either of them attempt to go up in a hot air balloon with one another? I can’t answer that question, although I can tell you that there is nothing that they wouldn’t try together. I could see that from the first time we stepped out of the SUV and saw basket. They both looked right at each other with stunned eyes, and at the moment, you could feel a bit of tension release. Knowing that they had each other there in that moment for themselves. Steven reached out his arms and wrapped them around her swinging back and forth still gazing at the basket. The setup was quite intriguing, being able to assist in the assembly of the balloon was a great addition to the whole experience. Giving you the sense that you are not just a passenger, but a part of the journey. As the balloon filled up with air so did my stomach with knots. As the balloon lifted, so did the excitement and fear in everyone. Although it seemed to dissipate shortly after. It was absolutely serene, with the sun peaking over the trees and the deep blue sky of the early morning. I won’t try to fuddle my way through the magical nature of the flight with words, I will let my images do the speaking. I would like to leave you with two things. The most amazing thing from this experience wasn’t the balloon ride, it was indeed love. Steven has a love for Natalie that is so strong, that he was able to overcome his “fear” or willingness to ride in a hot air balloon at 2000ft. Always be pushing, always be moving forward be with someone that urges you to step out of your comfort zone.
Third time is the charm! Trying to shoot in the tristate is always hard April-June for the fear of non-stop rain, pop up rain storms that come out of no where.. Although Katie and Cody were troopers and very paitent, and I can’t thank you enough for that. I really feel the wait was worth it, I really hope that you enjoy these as much as I do!
I can promise you two things by reading/looking at this post: It will make you smile at least once, and you will see a baby pig! I had an amazing time with Emily and Kurt on the farm, I hope you like these as much as I do!
One word to say about Amanda and Tim’s big day…. Spectacular. From Amanda in her stunning dress, the marble covered chapel, to the insanely beautiful Allison Mansion! I will keep this post short and let the images say the rest. Amanda and Tim, I can’t thank you enough for giving us the opportunity of capturing your big day!
With early welcome of Patrick, Melissa and Michael have such an amazing family in the making here. Baby Patrick already seems to have a laid back and easy going personality. He was wide-eyed and all smiles for his “date with a photographer” and refused to miss a minute of it by sleeping. We can’t be happier for your family and hope you enjoy these teasers.
Truly an amazing day with amazing people, I honestly can’t be happier that Shelby and Michael chose us to photograph their big day. Two people that look for all the good in life, with so much to give, and the willingness to do so. Thank you two so very much for giving us the honor and privelage of being there with you on your big day! Have a great time on your honeymoon and more images to come soon!