One of my favorite things about photography is documenting human emotion — capturing it in action. There are few places that are better to do so than at a wedding. I recently did the wedding photography and video for a beautiful couple, Jeff and Paulette. This was a second wedding for both and there was something really special about capturing them celebrate their love.
The wedding ceremony and reception were held at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. If you’re looking for a wedding venue, this is definitely one to consider. The setting is beautiful, right on the Bay, and the staff is wonderful. Maria Touloumis is the Senior Catering Manager at Safety Harbor who also helped me coordinate the shoot and she was fantastic.
When I’m shooting wedding photography I love to capture the spontaneous moments. I shoot in a documentary style, so if it happens in front of my lens I’m going to have the picture. My favorite shot of the night was just such a moment.
It was after the ceremony and the bride and groom were having a quiet moment walking to the reception. No one else was there, it was just the two of them, walking hand in hand and enjoying some time to themselves. I got the shot from behind as they walked away and it was a nice unposed moment that captured that sense of partnership, that moment of togetherness that is at the crux of a marriage.
The bride’s granddaughter was there and she made for some terrific photos as well. There was a moment where a few butterflies were flying around her and she was running back and forth trying to catch them. These shots captured that sense of freedom and fun that sometimes it seems like only small children can really experience.
There were other moments that stood out as well. The bride’s new brother-in-law sung a ballad and gave a toast that brought everyone to tears. We were able to capture both photos and video that turned out great. It was a touching moment that we hadn’t anticipated.
As you watch the wedding video you can hear guests saying over and over, “this is one of the best weddings we’ve ever been to.”
I agree. It was a fun, touching wedding and I feel privileged to have documented the day.