“This is what I like about shooting weddings,” said Sam with the car keys jingling in his hand. The gear was heavy on our backs and the night air was filled with sparkler smoke and the sound of summer crickets still pulsing strong into the first official night of Fall . Anyone walking alongside us would have had no idea what he was talking about. The end of the night? Is that what you like? (Well, to be honest, yes, we do.) But having been been married for over ten years and after shooting together for even longer than that, I knew that he was actually referring to this:
If you read this blog, you already know that I am a giant art nerd. I was the grad student who couldn’t wait to talk about Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida. I ate Susan Sontag for breakfast and moved on to Andy Grundberg for lunch. I absorbed anything that critics had to say about the medium of photography because they all, essentially, believed the same thing. That photograph you are looking at? It ain’t real. Its every bit as imaginary and contrived as a painting. Its power lies in the fact that you believe it is real and you believe its real because its creation is grounded in something tangible but it is not, I repeat, it is not. Real.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, fans and critics, rest assured that we didn’t make all this up. It was no trick of the lens. I mean we’re good and all but we’re not that good. There is no faking this kind of happiness. You can’t eek it out of the best models, actors, photographers, cameras or any combination thereof. The celebration was very, very real. People who don’t normally like to dance danced for Chrissake. Really! Sarah and Chuck are the real deal and that’s what Sam was talking about in the parking lot.
Hello there, Art School. Just so you know, I stand corrected.
Back to the deets, Sarah and Chuck were married at the lovely Mill at Fine Creek which, if you haven’t been out there lately, has taken on some new renovations and sweet details. The Mill has long been a favorite of ours, aside from the loveliness of the ruins and the creek, the professionalism and hospitality you will find throughout the very talented staff there is beyond compare. So is the food, I have no idea how they do it time and again at such a level of delicious perfection but these guys are so good that they will serve scallops in a buffet. Scallops, people. One of the most difficult of foods to cook perfectly in the first place, much less serve to a large volume of people. And that, in a scallop shell, is the Mill at Fine Creek.
Here’s a slideshow with our favs. Sarah and Chuck, congratulations and thank you for being so fun and easy going, you had us smiling all day right along with you. That’s what we like about shooting weddings.