If you’re having wedding it’s a pretty safe bet. Something is going to go wrong.
Usually it’s a pretty minor thing, like a mountain thunderstorm forces an outdoor ceremony to start 10 minutes late, or the shuttle picking up guests to bring them to the ceremony site runs a few behind. Occasionally (but not very often) it’s a bigger thing. At the very first wedding I ever photographed back in 2004 TWO members of the wedding party fainted during the ceremony. It was well over 100 degrees inside the church and the pastor’s sermon on Corinthians 13 was getting shall we say a tad long winded. First a ring bearer who was standing next to the best man went down. A few minutes later a groomsman collapsed to the floor and as a couple of family members helped him to a seat, the bride glanced around at the rest of the wedding party that was still standing and joked “Bend your knees everyone!” The place erupted in laughter.
At another wedding I photographed several years ago the groom’s ring somehow got lost before the ceremony. They turned the place absolutely upside down looking for it, but never did rediscover it. These kinds of things happen despite the best of planning. I always remind brides and grooms that in reality, nothing can really go wrong a wedding. ”The bride is gonna say ‘I do’, the groom is gonna say ‘I do’, and everything else is just a good story for the grandkids” is my general line when talking about things going awry on a wedding day. In the case about the missing ring, a bridesmaid ran out to Walmart the morning of the wedding and bought a new one less than an hour before the ceremony. The original ring was never found and years later the marriage is still thriving despite the ring fiasco and the groom is still wearing the Walmart emergency replacement. If that’s not a great story for the grandkids I don’t know what is. All this to say, there’s little reason to stress out about trying to make a wedding day go perfectly because, as a general rule, inevitably something always seems to go not quite according to plan.
Laura and Shaun’s wedding is the perfect exception to that rule.
The weather was perfect, the bride was beautiful, nobody fainted, and no rings were lost. It was a truly the perfect wedding. :) In all seriousness though, this was the kind of wedding I wish I could shoot over and over. Everything went incredibly smooth, Laura and Shaun are quite possibly the nicest and sweetest people you could ever hope to meet, and the wedding took place on top of Granby mountain. Quite possibly the best kept secret of the most scenic places to get married.
Here’s a couple of my favorite images from the day….
Loved this sweet little Aspen grove we found.
This picture seriously doesn’t do justice to how amazing this vista was.
Laura’s brother Jimmy performed the ceremony. Personally, I’m always a big fan when family members or close friends perform ceremonies. Just makes it that much more personal.
Great details and event planning by Melanie Hankins of Hands Down Event Planning.
Loved this little detail… instead of a normal guestbook, Shaun and Laura had everyone take a Polaroid picture of themselves and put it where their table assignment was. Very cool.
Laura and Shaun, you two are incredible. Even more incredible than your “perfect wedding.” I was incredibly blessed to be there and to grateful to have met you both. I truly hope that we will remain friends over the years. It was an honor to have documented your day!