We were very lucky to have a perfect weather day for Janine and Nick's wedding that took place April 23, 2016. It has been some rocky weather so far this year. We began the photography at The Inn at The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club were Janine and Nick were getting ready. Most Hotels are all the same. Boring and not much to work with. But not this hotel. It is different and unique. From it's room layout, to the furnishings and decor to even the hallways. It has it's own character.
The ceremony was at St Christopher's in Chester, MD. The chapel is large with high ceilings and good light. I didn't even use a tripod during the ceremony but did use one for the formals. The new priest there did the kiss different. Usually in Catholic ceremonies the kiss is after the rings but very subtle and not announced. This time it was so subtle that it never happen. At least I didn't see it. That being said, I really liked this new priest. He was very open to letting us do our job. That is not always the case in churches in the Annapolis area.
After the ceremony it was off the The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club (Tavern Room) where the reception was held. It was a beautiful sunny day with temps around 70, I think. Perfect for a wedding. Bright sunny skies has it's challenges for a photographer, though. But it is how you use the sun that matters. It is direct light and you just have to manage it. Backlighting works best in late afternoon and will give you the most dynamic images. You just have to shield the sun from the camera lens. And you can turn them around and get a beautiful blue sky. Anyway, since we did not get any before photos done, everything had to be done from the beginning. So Sean took the guys and I took the girls working separately to save time. Then we shot everyone together, let families go enjoy Cocktail hour and then the same for the bridal party and finally an exhausted Janine and Nick. I was exhausted as well but still had to get the room shots which Sean had already started and completed most of it.
The Introductions, by the band Nitelife, first dance and toast preceded the sunset photos. And the sunset was fantastic. The sky was cloudless which kept the sun strong until it set. It was a great sunset. I always want the couple to enjoy the sunset while we shoot them. It is a special moment for them. A quiet moment. And we just want to capture that.
The reception was awesome. Great band! Lots of energy. Everyone seemed to have a great time. By the end, I was very exhausted. We put so much energy into this wedding. But it pays off when you see the final edit. That's what I live for. The creation.
I enjoyed working with this couple and their families so much. They were all so wonderful. I had a great time at the engagement shoot with them and now the wedding. I wish them all the best.
A few sample images: