One year ago (almost to the day!), I gathered my new film camera and a billion rolls of film, and left my house to go and shoot Mary Daniel & John’s wedding day. I won’t lie, I was really nervous. I am actually ALWAYS nervous before a wedding day… an excited nervous and a “I hope I do a good job!” kind of feeling as I wait to see what the day holds. But on THIS day I was even more nervous than normal because it was my first wedding that I was planning on shooting lots of film. I had talked with Anne-Claire Allen, the wedding planner that day (and one of my dear friends) about it, and even though I was also planning on shooting digital backups of every image, I have to admit that I was putting a ton of pressure on myself to succeed at shooting film. I was just really hoping to get some film photos back that I was proud of!
The day was absolutely perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better day to try something entirely new. The sun was shining, and every detail went according to plan. These two have literal hearts of gold, which made it even easier. Every moment of the day, Mary Daniel was smiling and so gracious. She’s like that – a light to everyone. And John, with his kind smile and trusting brown eyes, was one of the most delightful grooms I’ve worked with. They were so patient with me as I juggled two cameras that day – my digital camera and my film camera. I successfully metered each shot and pressed the shutter again and again, holding my breath that they would turn out.
I shouldn’t have been so nervous. The entire day went according to plan and upon getting my images back from my lab, I was completely hooked. I’m not one to usually brag – but I was so proud of the film images I took at this wedding, and fell in love with medium format film to help tell my couples’ stories. I think I’ve shot film at almost every single wedding since then, and I just love it.
I love how this entire day turned out. I love the bright flowers that Mary Daniel chose (executed perfectly by my friends over at Silks A Bloom) to represent John’s Panama heritage. I love the balloon release they did to honor those who were no longer with us. I loved the china they picked to represent Mary Daniel’s grandmother. The day was just filled to the brim with personal meaning, and those are the best kinds of weddings in my book. All that to say, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MD & JOHN. Thank you for trusting me and for changing the direction of my business for the better. And for impacting me so much and just being the best humans on the planet. xoxo