Adam & Kate’s Wedding

Going to a wedding as a guest who owns a fancy camera is always a bit of a dilemma.  They’re such great occasions and always hold some amazing photo opportunities, but there’s certainly something to be said for just relaxing, enjoying yourself and letting the hired pro’s do their thing while you enjoy yet another glass of champagne.

A rose in the venue's garden

I’d spoken to my friend Robert about the whole thing and had firmly decided that since this was a wedding between two good friends of mine and that I was likely to know a lot of people there (and thus have less need to slink away from awkward conversations to take photos) that I would leave my camera behind and just have fun.

Then, on the eve of the wedding day at about 11:00pm I received a cute little text from the bride requesting that I “bring my fancy camera along tomorrow”.  I’ve never attempted it, but I suspect not giving a bride exactly what she wants on her wedding day would be bad for your health so I wasn’t about to start now.  The camera bag was packed and ready to go.

Cutting the cake

I’ll be honest when I say that wedding photographers scare me a little bit.  They have the ability to deal with large crowds of (often drunken) strangers without batting an eye.  They’ve also been known to be less than friendly to guests who turn up at the wedding with fancy SLR cameras and get in their way.

Fortunately, I was told by the bride that the hired photographers were only staying for the ceremonies and would be gone by the reception/dinner which made it easy to stay out of everyone’s way and to get some shots that wouldn’t overlap with what the pros were doing.

In the end I got some photos that I’m happy with, hopefully ones that Kate & Adam can enjoy, and I managed to drink more than my limit of delicious bubbly.  Wins all around I think!

Also, if I didn’t have my camera with me that night I never would have been able to take this couple’s photo.  He had a tonne of character, and quite possibly the greatest eyebrows ever.

The most awesome couple of the evening (save the bride and groom of course!)

As always, there are a few more photos in the gallery.

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