This is going to be a big blog post with 50+ photographs! This was my final wedding for the season. I had photographed C.J. and Red’s engagements back in the Spring time and I photographed C.J.’s bridals a week before the wedding.
The wedding was in the backyard of C.J.’s father’s home in Kaysville. It is one of those yards that I refer to as a Mr. Miyagi Yard due to the ornate landscaping in the original Karate Kid movie. I’m dating myself with these movie references but that is what it reminds me of. There is a creek that runs by and beautiful trees and they had added Christmas style lights to many of the trees.
I arrived early enough to get some detail photography and also to get some bride getting ready photos. I photographed her wedding dress in front of a bay window and photographed her shoes. In between I would go find the groom and the groomsmen. It takes men about 15 minutes to get ready so most of the time for the guys is spent photographing them doing shots or just hanging out.
We had C.J. put on her veil in front of the mirror by the bay window. The interaction between her and the bridesmaids is all genuine and I didn’t fake anything. I try to be a fly on the wall.
I am sure to photograph the details of the wedding. They had a table for guests to sign a large print of the wedding couple. It is one of my favorite engagement photos I created of them.
And then we photographed the wedding ceremony. It was in the shade of the trees and beautiful. There was a inspirational moment shared by C.J.’s brother where he read lyrics from Method Man—very appropriate. They exchanged wedding rings and first kiss and then after the ceremony we did formal group photographs.
After the ceremony I did do a bit of detail photography of flowers, food, wedding rings, and more while the bride and groom greeted their guests. People were also rearranging the seats for the reception. I am including several versions of the wedding ring photos. I was really feeling the groove on different looks for the wedding rings. I even found a sleeping dragonfly to sit by the rings during some of the photography.
We didn’t have very much time for photos of just the bride and the groom. I’ll bug a bride and groom but ultimately the day is a celebration and party and photographs can be more candid. A photographer will use all the time you give us. We’ll make it work if we have 5 minutes or 2 hours for formals.
For the formal group photos I typically like to get these done right after the ceremony. We did the groom’s side and then the bride’s side and then we did smaller groups and family groups. These are almost like family reunions where we can get family units who might normally be spread across the country or the globe.
And I think the groomsmen all work out so they wanted to hold the groom. Not all wedding parties like this kind of shot. They can definitely be fun. But be safe!
Then we had the dancing with bride and her father, groom and his mother, and then the first dance. DJ Lishus was the DJ for the dance and I have photographed a number of events he DJs and he always plays a great selection of hits.
Near the bar we had an impromptu photo shoot with the groom and his new father-in-law. We had the groom holding the father-in-law and then the father-in-law put the groom in a headlock. Hooray for fake violence!
And then we had a truly unique cake cutting. I haven’t seen a blindfold used before but that almost encouraged a huge cake smash from the groom. The kiss after the cake cutting was more of chase.
We then had the tossing of the garter and the bouquet.
At the end of the evening we had two firsts for me as a wedding photographer. First, they actually threw real rice for the wedding couple. And secondly there were real tin cans attached to the limo. Most weddings have found something else besides rice because it can be a chore to clean up rice.
As the limo drove away the bride and groom release balloons into the sky and then kiss.
Thank you, C.J. and Red for inviting me to be your wedding photographer. I had a great time.