I wanted to blog abut a wedding I did a few months back with a very cool backstory. People find us all different ways. A LOT of people get referred to us. It’s always awesome when someone is so thrilled with the work that we provide them that they tell every engaged couple they know about us. Referrals are probably the greatest form of flattery you can give anyone in the service industry. We are always incredibly grateful when people come to us that way. Other folks find us via search engines like Google or Bing. While not as common some people find us through places like Style Me Pretty or first saw our work in a magazine feature or something like that. It’s always interesting to find out how people find us. Looking back through 10 years of shooting weddings however, I don’t think anyone has found us in a more random (and cooler) way than Arian did.
Arian found us because she was our labor and delivery nurse when Vera was born.
You’re probably wondering how exactly she went from strapping a fetal heart rate monitor over Katie’s belly to being one of our brides… well it’s an interesting story… ;)
We’ll travel back to Katie’s 39 week OBGYN appointment. We knew (or least were hoping!) that the baby would be coming soon and we were grateful that at the appointment everything looked right on track. Healthy baby, healthy mama = two thumbs up. The only issue the doctor saw was that Katie was borderline on having too high of blood pressure. She was still in what was considered the healthy range, but high blood pressure can throw some wrenches into the birthing process and Katie’s levels were approaching the point where the doc wanted to keep an eye on it. She told us that over the weekend we should go to one of those Walgreens where they have a free blood pressure monitor and if it was over a point to give them a call. So we followed the doctors orders and of course Katie’s blood pressure was literally at the exact point at which she told us to call. We rang up the on call doctor and they advised that we go to the hospital just to have everything checked out.
This is where things get interesting.
The date was Saturday October 27th 2012 and of course…I had a wedding. Knowing that Katie was literally days away from her due date, I had told the couple months back about the situation and had an emergency backup photographer in place. My couple that weekend was beyond amazing and completely understanding and knew that if I had to send my backup that they would be in excellent hands. Well when we got to the hospital we got checked into a room and they started examining Katie and doing an ultra sound to see how the baby was doing. This is when yours truly steps up to the plate and displays his unselfish, patient, and caring father side by asking the nurse if she thought the baby was coming right away because if not, I needed to hit the road and head off to work. :) I realized how that must have sounded and was panicked this nice lady would turn into Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and try to give me a full frontal lobotomy for seeming to care more about my job than my very pregnant wife. I quickly explained that I was a wedding photographer and was contracted to be at a wedding in a few hours, but if it was baby time I had a backup and was completely ready to be a good husband and present father and ditch work. The nurse smiled and said I was probably good to go and that they would call me if anything changed. After a quick call with our doctor, it was decided that they would give Katie 24 hours to see if she naturally went into labor . If not, we would come back to the hospital and start inducing labor. I raced back home, quickly changed into my wedding clothes, threw my camera gear into the car and photographed a wedding as if it was a totally normal day at the office.
The afternoon of the 28th we arrived at the hospital, this time knowing for sure we weren’t leaving without a baby (woah… crazy!). By around 5AM on the morning of the 29th they decided it was time to induce. Later that morning the nurses changed shifts and who comes in…. None other than the understanding nurse who watched me race out of the hospital two days earlier! Arian was like a nurse super star. It’s the labor and delivery nurses who are with you in the trenches checking your progress, administering any meds, and making sure you’re as comfortable as can reasonably be expected. She was incredibly chill and laid back (which it turns out is exactly what you want from a labor and delivery nurse… you don’t need people who are gonna stress you out in the labor room.) She was reassuring and funny, she knew her stuff, and without a doubt she made our whole experience amazing. After Vera was born, it was Arian who first put a naked and screaming Vera into my arms. A moment I will truly Never. Ever. Ever. Forget.
Fast forward about 10 months and we get an email from Arian. She explains that she was our labor and delivery nurse (as if we needed reminding about who she was) and she had recently gotten engaged and remembered that we were wedding photographers and wanted to know if I would be open to shooting her wedding.
Ummmmmm YEAH!! ;)
Now at this point I feel like I’ve already written a short novel up to this point so rather than continue to ramble on, I’ll get right to the pics from Arian and her amazing husband Cullen’s wedding. Truly, these two are both amazing people.
Arian and Cullen got married at Arrowhead Golf Course. Once you see the following pics, you’ll understand why I would happily photograph 5 or 6 weddings a year here. It is amazing.
I love this picture of a couple stragglers showing up right before the wedding starts….
I love getting candid pics of guests at the reception. Usually people are just talking and mingling. In this case, I have absolutely no idea what was going on, but it made for a pretty funny picture…. ;)
I love getting shots like this. There’s maybe a 10 min window where you can get the vibrant colors in the sky, so I kept an eye out on the light and was ready to race outside as soon as light was right.
Arian and Cullen… you guys are incredible. Arian, words can’t thank you enough for the pure awesomeness you brought to Vera’s birth. You are simply amazing at what you do and we were so beyond thrilled to be there to document YOUR incredible day!