“This is gonna sound weird, but what do you want us to do with our balls?”
I have to say. When I became a wedding photographer, I never expected to hear that while at work, but I learned on July 9th, there is a first time for everything. Allow me to give you a little back story. I met the bride, in this post, the same way her husband did: at a biweekly game of dodgeball we all participated in. When it came time for Corey to propose, he wanted to give a nod to the sport where they first met, and proposed to her by taking her to the dodgeball courts and writing his proposal on a dodgeball. So, considering their relationship was nurtured on those courts, Danielle wanted to visit them with her wedding party on the big day for some photos, and she brought about a half dozen dodgeballs with her as well. Hence, how one of the groomsman came to ask me the opening question.
Danielle was one of my first friends when I moved to Michigan 6 years, so it was especially awesome to photograph her wedding day. You’d be hard pressed to find a sweeter and kinder person (unless you’re looking amongst her awesome family, which is CHEATING). I did learn, from the experience, that there is one drawback from photographing a dear friend’s wedding: Wedding guests who don’t know you’re a friend may think you’re crazy overly-emotional wedding photographer who is obviously not cut out for work in this field when they see that you are visibly crying while photographing the wedding ceremony. Luckily, despite my tears, I managed to keep my shots in focus.
Highlights to look out for in this post.
– The shot of Danielle with the veil in the salon. This was the first moment I shed a tear.
– The wardrobe malfunction (in the form of a snagged bracelet), during the ceremony.
– Danielle’s Dad (who married them) reacting to the first kiss.
– The look on Corey’s face in the first bird seed shot. It’s the moment he realized bird seed may have been a bad idea.
Please enjoy this beautiful wedding. Just about everything you see was lovingly handcrafted by Danielle, along with her sister, Rebecca, and their family.