So many “firsts” I don’t even know where to start: first time I have ever been invited to capture an actual proposal (and one corresponding first visit to the Cayman Islands), first photo funbooth, first themed e-session shot in our home, first custom mid-century themed guest register, first wedding in Hilton Head, first attempt at time-lapse photography, first time being a groomsman AND the photographer at the same wedding, first time shooting a framed photo funbooth, and the very first time I have captured a trash the dress session on a golf course!!
Not to make this ALL about me – this is also the first time MC and JT were married!! MariClaire (MC), my sister-in-law, and her now husband JT included their favorite family photographer in every step of their amazing wedding – before, during and after!
Let’s start with a quickie from February 2008 with a shot of the proposal on Grand Cayman.
Since the wedding was scheduled to be Halloween weekend and MC was NOT cool with costumes at her wedding festivities, she let guests get their costume crazies out at a Spooky Spectaular Halloween Engagement Party…in July. PWP provided a photo funbooth for the party where we could stop by and get our phunny pics on!
The next idea came in the form of a fantastic mid-century themed e-session complete with props, clothes, a dog, and a whole ton of gee-wiz fun! They wanted to create a visual representation of a 1950’s guide on how to be a good housewife, and our house was the PERFECT place for such a thing…
Shauna took the next step in designing a kickass book for the guests to sign at the wedding!
Finally, it was time for the wedding festivities – Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island was the destination. Following outings for the bridal party, an ocean-side low country boil was the order of the day for the rehearsal dinner.
The next day the fun REALLY started.
Oh yea, did I mention JT asked me to be a groomsman?
Of course I stood up to support my man, but I could not have captured all of the splendor of this day without the help of my two main go-to gals behind the lenses, Melissa and Cathi, and my two fantabulous stylists, Shauna and Katrina!
We had a third floor remote camera on auto-interval timers that captured over 700 shots starting two hours before the ceremony!
Murphy was the ring-bearer and he had quite a good time being the center of attention! The ceremony was BEE-YOO-TEE-FULL!!
…and this is my shot from the “groom-cam”.
Something new for PWP Studio is a photo funbooth. The first one was our Spooky booth above and we switched it up a little bit for the wedding reception. Angel found a great idea, MC and JT loved it, and Peter was the man with the ability to execute the Wall of Frame – complete with every parents’ and grandparents’ wedding portraits AND a working sconce. Peter, you are the DUDE!! Guests LOVED it and we had a ball with it.
The reception was a fantastic soirée at the Sea Pines Resort Plantation Club – LOTS of choreographed dancing (thanks to MC – a trained dancer and overall “you are gonna dance for me” diva!!) – everyone REALLY had good time. I know this because I was actually one of the guests having a good time 😉
The day after the wedding it was wedding dress #2 and a two part Trash the Dress session! We started on the beach…
…and ended with one of the most fun concepts I have ever been invited to capture: golf course sprinklers! JT and MC wanted to have some fun jumping around mid-watering on the course, so we did – LOVE IT!!!!
I have so many people to thank for making this happen in such grand form: Nicole W. for capturing pics when PWP wasn’t around, Peter for building the background for the photofunbooth, Nicole G. for making the PWP team look faboo, Mom for coming in from Alabama to handle the Murphy –management (Angel and I were both in the bridal party!), Murphy for being a rockstar ring-bearer and WONDERFUL two year old, Cathi and Melissa for coming down and taking charge so I could relax in my roll of groomsman, Katrina and Shauna for being everywhere all the time – overly helpful, and Angel for being an angel… and for making me a part of this wonderful family!!!