Having a mum from New York and the highly fortunate possession of a US passport, I've wanted to travel Stateside ever since I started shooting weddings a year ago. I absolutely pounced on the opportunity when Bekah, who I had met twice very briefly about 12 years ago, got in touch asking if I would come to Washington D.C to capture her marriage to soon-to-be husband Will. I took little persuading and prepared for my maiden photographic voyage across the Atlantic.
It turns out American weddings are basically the same as UK weddings, although there were a few curve balls to keep things interesting at Will and Bekah's. They had a 'rehearsal dinner' the night before where we were plied with tasty food and anyone who wanted to was invited to say a little something about the couple. An abundance of those in attendance took the opportunity and it was an incredibly moving testimony to how much Will and Bekah had impacted a whole lot of people. This kind of insight into a couple by those closest to them was the perfect way for me to prepare for the wedding day and I even took a few snaps to mark the occasion:
If I could do every wedding the way I did Will and Bekah's I would. I didn't know them that well before, but by the wedding day we were bonafide companions. I spent about 5 days in D.C prior to the wedding hanging out with them, their friends and their families - getting to know them, taking the odd snap and generally doing all I could to make them feel as relaxed as possible ahead of the day. They were all so unbelievably kind, accommodating and I now have a bucket load of new friends, some of whom I will get to see in June when I head back to D.C for Nick and Katrina's wedding who were themselves guests at the wedding!
As you will see from the pictures below, the wedding day was a complete blast from beginning to end. There were lots of beautiful places to shoot and for the most part the light was my friend. I also got to capture Will and Bekah seeing each other for the first time at the house where Bekah was getting ready which was definitely a first. Will and I also made a trip the day before to find a nice spot to do some couple shots and boy did we succeed. That grotto with the light coming in from above was a revelation and I could get used to taking photographs in spots like that.
The only thing that remains to be said is a huge thank you to Will, Bekah and their family and friends for having me, for being being a joy to capture, and for all their kind words and tasty food. It was the most fun I've had at a wedding and I could certainly get used to frequent trips back to the U.S (hint intended). Here's the day in pictures, enjoy: