Thanks for joining me for the second installment of the Epic Blog about Megan and Dan’s Wedding Blog!
It was all fun and games in Norman-Lombardo Wedding, Part the First. Then, it was time to get down to the real nitty gritty of “stuff leading up to the wedding.” Which, as it turns out, were a lot of fun and games as well.
Friday, The Wedding Rehearsal
The ceremony itself was to take place in an open field at the Co-op, right next to their community center. The flower girl was little Maddie, the daughter of Dan’s sister Jessica. The ringer bearer? Well, the bride and groom’s dog, Pax of course!
And, hot though that Florida sun may have been, there were still plenty of light spirits and laughs to go around during the wedding rehearsal.
Friday, Rehearsal Dinner
After the wedding rehearsal, you know what comes next: the rehearsal dinner.
Dan and Megan’s rehearsal dinner was a real gem. The dinner was hosted in the home of one of the co-op residents. It was GORGEOUS. Not only was the dinner hosted in this beautiful home at the co-op, the dinner was prepared and served by co-op folk who were pitching in to take care of all the food for the rehearsal dinner and the reception. Have you ever heard of such a wonderful thing??
The dinner itself, of course, was delicious. The setting was beautiful, and it was a time for everyone to sit down, relax, and visit with one another. A time to decompress after the activity of the past few days, and a time to celebrate the friends, family, and loved ones who had gathered in honor of Megan and Dan.
Once it came time for the speeches and toasts, ooooh boy! Literally, it was tears one minute and laughs the next. Very few dry eyes in the house, and very many peals of laughter. I’m not the most sappy person out there, but I would remiss if I didn’t tell you that even I, a bastion of emotional fortitude (j/k) had a lump in my throat. *ahem* The lump in my throat seems to have cleared out now and I can move on with my story.
If you’d been there, you’d have plainly seen that not only are Megan and Dan full of love for one another, they’re also adored by everyone in their lives. I thought this outpouring of love for the bridal couple was a great testament to what incredible people Dan and Megan are. And I felt so fortunate that I was brought into this great big love fest! I never felt like I was just the hired help, just tagging along. In fact, by Friday, people were asking me “So how do you know Megan?”, thinking that she and I were old friends. I would reply “Oh, I just met her yesterday…” *big smiles*
Now, since it’s becoming clear to me that the blog postings on the Norman-Lombardo wedding are going to turn into a trilogy before they can reach their natural conclusion, I will insert a little here about how in the world I ended up photographing a wedding in Florida, why I was chosen in lieu of a more local photographer, and the manner in I conduct my wedding photography (hint: I conduct it pretty much the same way as I conduct all my other photography…)
Dan and Megan used to attend college at Rhodes in Memphis. During that time, I was involved heavily with an organization called Food Not Bombs. Dan also came to FNB often, and that’s where he and I met. I had not seen Dan since he left Memphis after college, but he was always very complimentary of my photography whenever he caught a glimpse of it.
Last year, Dan e-mailed me to ask if I’d consider doing their wedding photography. I, of course, said I’d love to and we tried to sort out the particulars. I did think that Dan and Meg would eventually find that, logistically, they’d have to go with another photog. Nothin’ doin. They booked a flight for me, I took off work from the bakery, and got myself to Florida!
I talk a lot on my blog about how I’m very “informal” or “documentarian” in my photographic style. Whether it be portrait photography, live band photography, band “promo” photography, or my dabbling in wedding photography, I apparently apply my personal style to just about every situation across the board.
The lucky thing for me is, this “style” of mine appealed to Dan and Meg, and they were determined to have me capture their wedding. I was really encouraged that Dan and Megan brought me all the way from Memphis for some reason, and it wasn’t because they wanted their photos to look exactly like everything else out there. And I knew with every [photographic] move I made while in Florida, I was free to be “me” and that I’d be giving the wedding couple the sorts of shots they expected out of me. If for no other reason (and trust me, there are plenty more reasons), I’m extremely grateful that things worked out for me to spend three days in Florida, embedded as Dan and Meg’s wedding photographer!
Right then! I’ll leave you now, and Norman-Lombardo Wedding, Part the Third
can get underway!