These high school sweethearts had their wedding in their hometown of Marion, OH. They wanted to capture their day in an artistic fashion which is why they contacted Jeff at Willis Arts Photography. “This bride happened to be an art student (painting), which I am accustomed to working with as a university educator. We both had the same visual language based very much in art historical terms. That translated into a more open flow of creative ideas and communication on the wedding day,” said Jeff.
Most couples do the “big reveal,” where the groom sees the bride for the first time, before the ceremony so they have time to take photos. This couple had fun with that idea, the groom wore a blindfold and they couldn’t help but giggle with joy when they saw each other.
With an outdoor wedding in Ohio, weather can be a bit unpredictable. “Overcast clouds mixed with threatening rain made for some up and down lighting conditions that fluctuated between full/directional and rather dim/diffuse light,” said Jeff.
Everyone headed indoors for the reception. The area was decorated with draped string lights for romantic lighting and plenty of room for dancing. The photographer loved the enthusiasm of all the guests. “The family and crowd support for this couple was unbelievable, more people were smiling, cheering, etc., and in turn that made for really heart felt photos,” said Jeff.
This photo taken after the big reveal was chosen as the favorite from the day. “It has a simple background, and I think you can FEEL the excitement these two people were feeling for one another,” said Jeff.
“My best advice is to hire a photographer/videographer who seems alert and makes you feel the most comfortable. A photographer does so much more than point and click. A good photographer is treating each photo as a new piece of art. And a great wedding photographer can help to direct small parts of the day so the entire event is more streamlined. I’ve done everything from providing safety pins and sewing kits, to saving the family grandchildren from doing something foolish and embarrassing. Excellent wedding photographers are always alert and aware of what is happening,” said Jeff.
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