There's something really special about being a wedding photographer. Spending 10+ hours with someone on their wedding day is a really great way to learn a lot about someone. Matt and Stef were really great to work with - definitely very relaxed, thoughtful, and people that genuinely cared about everyone around them, especially their family. I loved finding out the things that were special to them and capturing how they wanted to include it in their big day. Stef wanted to honor her grandpa that passed in 2015 by wrapping her beautiful bouquet in his shirt sleeve, her "something blue." She finished it off with lace from her great, great grandma's veil. Talk about stunning! I also learned that Matt has been a volunteer fire fighter at the Summerhill Boro Fire Company for over 10 years! What an amazing servant heart! It was such a joy to capture the camaraderie and friendship between he and his fire-fighting buddies! And how do you photograph a fireman's wedding? In front of a fire truck, of course! The reception venue at Contres-Greer Social Hall was the perfect choice to house all of those close friends and family - and there were quite a few!
A few days before their wedding, I called them to just catch up since their engagement shoot and to see how they were feeling in general about the day. When I asked them what they were most excited about, Matt said "the first look", and Stef agreed. It is so sweet to see couples that genuinely love each other deeply. I really wanted to be intentional about getting that authentic, genuine emotion in their photos.
I spent a lot of time in the week leading up to their wedding researching and planning just how to bring out the best in these two that I knew a little about, but not a ton. I've always been drawn to photos that show emotion, movement, activity. One of the easiest things to photograph is laughter - but it sure isn't easy creating it (especially if you're kinda lame sometimes, haha!!) If you're curious about the things I said or instructed to get some of the big smiles and the sweet looks, you can download my shoot notes here!
I hope you enjoy the highlights of Matt and Stef's amazing day! (and everyone knows it takes a village to pull off a wedding! Lots of thanks to Brent Labarko of DJ Jack Labarko, Inc. for amazing lighting and music during the reception, and Joelle Hadix of Wedding Elegance by Joelle for giving me some gorgeous florals to photograph!)