Country Wedding, Big City Pressure…..

I met a fellow photographer on a Winnipeg photographic forum a few years ago named Garry.  Over the years we have photographed numerous assignments together, including charity events for the WInnipeg Humane Society, The Special Olympics of Manitoba as well as the the finals of the Manitoba Soccer Association.  Last year he hired me to photograph his son’s wedding that was going to take place this fall.  There’s always a sense of pride when another photographer selects you to photograph their or their child’s wedding – something I’ve had the privilege to do on several occasions. Considering they have a good sense of who does what work in the city and province, when they choose you over all others in the industry really is an honour.  Truth be told it also puts a lot of pressure on you to deliver as well.

In this case Garry’s son Josh and his lovely bride Grace changed their original plans (as well as their wedding date) drastically.  Everything we spoke of and arranged months before hand went out the window…including my carefully crafted time table. Our original 4+ hours of photography time at multiple locations went down to just over 1 hour at the same location as the ceremony and reception at their newly planned country farm wedding.  Not only was the time drastically cut down, the fact that well meaning guests could interfere and delay us with “congratulations and  hugs for the couple” meant that we quickly went from an ideal wedding situation with tons of time and little if no time stress to the most stressful way to photograph a wedding under incredible time pressure.  So much for a photographer’s son knowing better!  LOL   Of course, the pressure of working for a fellow photographer was still there….we’ve just added the most difficult situations possible into the mix.  Great – no pressure!  LOL
I enlisted a fellow Master Photographer Marlene Fast HLM, MPA, SPA, F.Ph. of Marlene’s Designer Portraits as my assistant for the day – mostly being responsible for more of the candid images we would capture while I handled the majority of the  choreographed images of the day.  We lucked out as the weather was fantastic….which was a big help as along with the change of wedding plans, location and date my carefully planned backup indoor location for the possibility of inclement weather no longer existed! Despite all the challenges and pressures, their wedding photography turned out wonderful with the country laid back feel of the changed weddings plans hinted at.  Bellow is a cross section of their images:

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