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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ryan & Elizabeth

I photographed this wedding as a second shooter for my friend Abe Nowitz, a New York-based travel and fine art photographer, which is something I like to do now and again. Being a second shooter takes much of the pressure off, and while the main photographer is busy covering the bases, I can (while I'm not holding a reflector) attempt to be more loose and creative.

Elizabeth and Ryan are Mormon, so the ceremony took place at the incredible Mormon temple in Kensington, Maryland. If you live or have driven anywhere near DC, it's the one you've seen near the beltway. It was a pretty low-key affair, except for the bouquet toss. They had one of the more creative ideas I've heard lately, which was that instead of the bouquet being strictly for single women and the catcher winning a husband, all women were invited to participate and whoever caught it won a gift certificate to the spa. That's enough to guarantee chaos, but the throw was more of a line drive that hit the bride's sister square in the face - luckily she came out of it OK, and the groom proclaimed it the funniest thing he had seen in his life. Real moments produce great photos!


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