Jordan Ewert was a fellow employee at my job this summer. We started talking about my interest in photography and one day, he asked me if I wanted to assist him in shooting a wedding. Having an opportunity like that just fall in my lap is not something I’m used to, but I pounced on it. Next thing I knew, I had all of my equipment packed into the Prius and my parents and I were on our way to Wisconsin.
Like with Adrienne and Ian’s engagement photos, wedding photography was very new to me. I had been the flower girl for a good friend’s wedding, the ring bearer for my uncle’s, and a guest at another friend’s, but that was all the wedding experience I had. To be completely honest, the wedding was just as nerve-wracking as I thought it was going to be. However, it was also one of the most exciting days of my life.
There were two locations for the pre-ceremony photos, so we rounded everyone up and made our way for a shoot at each. At first, I simply observed, taking a few shots of Jordan and the other assistant. Then as we realized we were getting more pressed for time, I started taking back-up shots of all of the poses Jordan was setting up. The wedding party was so easy going with all of it and looked like they were having a blast, which made the whole thing even more fun. I started taking photos of the stuff going on behind the camera. At one point, one of the groomsmen was put in charge of holding all the bouquets while the girls posed, so of course I had to get a few photos of that. He didn’t seem to think it was as funny as the rest of us did. Jeff got hold of a water gun and I got a shot of him smiling mischievously at the camera while Alycia stood nearby.
From there, we took Alycia and Jeff to the second location for some quick photos of just the two of them. It was an amazing spot. There was this stunning willow tree in one spot and an old ivy-covered chicken coop. I would love to go back there with a model someday. Not only was it a beautiful area, but it is where I began shooting in RAW for the first time (thanks for the introduction, Jordan!). By the time we wrapped up there, we were totally running late to the ceremony. So, we hopped back in the car and started zipping back to Alycia’s parents’ house, where the reception was to be held. I was thrilled to find out that the bridesmaid driving was a police officer as we sped along ridiculously over the limit around tight corners. While we waited for transportation to get up the hill to the ceremony location, we took some detail shots of the reception area, along with the rings. They were by far the coolest pieces I’ve ever seen. The groom’s ring was handmade by a friend of his. The bride’s was her mom’s promise ring melded with her (former police officer) father’s first wedding band, which had gotten a hole worn into it from gripping the steering wheel too tightly.
To get to the ceremony spot, we sat on haystacks on a trailer hitched to a tractor. As bizarre as it was, I found it to be a very comfortable way to ride. We made our way up a steep, muddy hill to a small clearing at the top. It could not have been a more perfect spot for a wedding. The woods surrounding the clearing were so green and full of life. Just before the ceremony began, it rained just enough for everything to have that natural, fresh smell. The ceremony started just as the clouds began to part, which gave us the kind of lighting that most photographers only dream about.
Back at the reception area, Jordan and I went over the photos we had gotten before going out to join the party. While we were inside, it rained again and that time, it left behind an absolutely stunning rainbow. I got one photo of Alycia and Jeff together with the rainbow behind them, but it did not turn out nearly as well as I would’ve liked. It was still a magical moment and I’m happy to have any photo-evidence of it at all. After that, I wandered around getting more detail shots until my parents picked me up and we made the drive back to Minnesota.
I learned so much that day and I am so grateful to Jordan for his help. It meant so much to me to be a part of that experience. Congratulations, Alycia and Jeff!
Take a look at all of the photos here, then leave a comment and tell me what you think!