Did I Mention I Went To A Wedding?

Quick Facts:

  • who: Susie & Cliff
  • what: a wedding
  • when: this past weekend
  • where: Nelson County
  • why: because they love each other?

I thought I’d bust out the accessory flash and try to learn how to use the blasted thing at Susie’s wedding since I was so pissed about my failure at Emily’s wedding.  But I did want to stay out the professional photographer’s way – who, by the way, is a Louisville native and did a FANTASTIC job.  Who am I kidding – she does a FANTASTIC job all of the time… more on that later.

So yes, the flash and I decided to make up and become friends again.  But I still stumbled with the darn thing.  Arg.  Anywho, I did manage to get a few nice shots.  Most of which are of the toasts.  And the cake.  Speaking of…

Hello, Lover.  Did I mention it was chocolate with ganache?  A cake after my own heart.

Susie & Cliff Tied The Knot

And the groom had his own cake.  Cliff’s a firefighter – his cake actually produced smoke.  I did not eat his cake so I cannot attest to its goodness.  I had already filled up on hot brown casserole and ganache.  Nuff said.

Susie & Cliff Tied The Knot

Everything about this wedding was beautiful.  Susie had fall colors of oranges and reds and pinks and browns.  The roses were stunning.  The bridesmaid dresses were pretty.  Susie was GORGEOUS!

Susie & Cliff Tied The Knot

Susie & Cliff Tied The Knot

Funny story about those two pictures up there: it’s the toast, everyone wants to watch and be close as did I.  But I also did not want to get in Courtney’s way as she was the professional – I’m just some ding-dong with an annoying flash.  So in every picture I have of the toasts, you can see a man’s bald heading peaking out at the bottom.  Funny, no?

And my favorite of the night – Susie looks so happy.  And she was.  Probably still is as she’s on a beach somewhere sipping maitais and doing things that newly weds do like feed each other chocolate covered strawberries and hold hands when they walk everywhere and kiss every 10 minutes and glow because they’re so in love.  That’s OK, they can have their fun.  Reality will set in soon enough.  You married people know what I’m talking about.

Susie & Cliff Tied The Knot

Look!  A successful father & daughter dance photograph!  Much better than the photog fail in September.

Susie & Cliff Tied The Knot

After this, I packed up the camera because I was ready to boogie and get down with my bad self.  And VJ of course.  And let me just say that I think we have a fine taste in music but when both of our requests played that night, the dance floor emptied.  I kid you not, internet, no one in that room had the appreciation I have for Livin’ On A Prayer and VJ could have very well been the only person in the whole county who was excited about Come On Eileen.

When Shania Twain started playing (we live in Kentucky, it will always happen) and Susie grabbed the mic and began singing Any Man of Mine, I went and got the camera.  Because it was too funny to pass up.

Susie & Cliff Tied The Knot

Susie & Cliff Tied The Knot

It was a very fun night, VJ and I had a blast dancing all night even though we were filled to the gills with yummy food.  If I could have made it out that place with a tier of cake, I would have.  Even if it meant sneaking it up my skirt.  I’ve been having dreams about that cake.  Nom.

I wish you and the Cliff the very best.  You two compliment each other so well and deserve all of the happiness in the world.  “Seek a happy marriage with wholeness of heart, but do not expect to reach the Promised Land without going through some wilderness together.”  Best Wishes, friend.

The Reason Why I “Stay Out Of The Way”

Back to the professional photographer.  Courtney Reece Photography of Louisville is amazing.  Courtney always takes such beautiful photographs and I love the journalistic approach that captures emotion with every shot she takes.

If you want to see truly amazing photos of Susie and Cliff, visit Courtney’s site (www.courtneyreece.com) as she already has two – count them, two – posts up about the wedding.  The wedding was Saturday, as in four days ago.  And Susie is stunning.  I’m repeatedly amazed as I read her blog often and scribble notes of what I should try to fail at next.

And to think 20+ years ago, I stood next to her and her twin sister, Kelly, wearing huge paper collars and singing Christmas carols for the kindergarten holiday show – and I have a picture to prove it. ;)

To learn more about Brooke and see her recent work, visit her new site at brookemurphyphoto.com. Follow Brooke on Facebook or Twitter.

October 22, 2009 - 10:07 am

maplesyrup21 - nice photos

October 22, 2009 - 1:23 pm

mutteringsfromthemoor - I love these photos, especially the black and whites. What camera/lens do you use? I recently took loads at a friends wedding and the outside shots were ok (although bright sunshine didn’t help) but the inside shots were quite disappointing. I need a proper flashgun I think, not just the pop up one. And the standard 18-55 lens that came with the camera is great for real close up shots but get more than a few feet away and it loses its clarity. Landscapes…forget it.

October 22, 2009 - 1:44 pm

shutterboo - I have a Canon Rebel XT. I used the kit lens (18-55mm) with these photos so I could zoom in and out. And I have an accessory flash but I really don’t know how to use – apparently enough to get a few in focus. My favorite lens is my f/1.8 50mm and it stays on the camera most days. Great for indoors because of the f/1.8 and great for portraits. I also have an ultra-wide lens that I’m still learning – it works best for landscapes but I feel like I’m cheating on my 50mm when I use it.

October 22, 2009 - 1:54 pm

mutteringsfromthemoor - I have the Canon 350D and I really love it. Got it secondhand on ebay a couple of months ago. I’ve tried a friends 50mm lens on it at a different wedding and it was lovely! Maybe I need to save my pennies and get one, plus a flash too.

October 22, 2009 - 10:36 pm

Courtney - Brooke!! Are you kidding me? You are so freakin’ sweet. I’m humbled….cuz i’m not near as awesome as you say. lol. Your pictures are Beautiful!!!! Seriously, you did a fabulous job on these. (What program do you use to edit your photos?) You could be charging for these types of photos for sure! LOL. :) If you ever want to get together and talk about geeky photography stuff lets do it!
And OMG, Pictures of us in kindergarten? LOL Must see. put them on facebook and tag me. HAHAHAHA Kidding. But I SUPER remember those awesome paper collars. they were highly fashionable for us 5 year olds at Christmas Time. Duh.

October 22, 2009 - 11:34 pm

shutterboo - Courtney – I took a vote and you rock.
I have Photoshop7 and I’m working my way through it (learned something new tonight actually).
And I have that photo handy so if you’re looking for a 1980s flashback, it’s nearby!

October 23, 2009 - 1:44 pm

cmitten - What a fun wedding! Great shots! And I love love love the orange cake, such a cute theme!

October 23, 2009 - 1:50 pm

sarahleey - wow. the cake looks so delicious! got me wanting to satisfy my sweet tooth lol

nice photos. the first photo had me. it’s beautiful with candle lights and champaign glass. love the composition

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