Sarah + Justin. Married at The Common Grounds in Starksboro, Vermont.
At midnight I walked to my car parked in the wet grass and put my bag down to get my keys. It was quite cold out, even for August. After all I was close to the mountains in Vermont. Inside I was hot from enjoying the extended dance party and I was now regretting not bringing my sweater as my shirt was damp and I was getting cold. I reached into the front pocket of my camera bag and grabbed the keys. The car was wet from dew. It was so dark I couldn't see the door handle so I pulled out my iPhone to give me some light. I opened the door and put my bag in, shut it, stood there and looked up. Earlier in the evening I had noticed the amount of stars in the sky and admired it. I looked at them so long at one point my neck started to hurt from leaning back. But this time it was different. This time I was away from the lights of the building. This time it was insane. I stood there by my car for what had to be a minute looking up. I grabbed my camera, adjusted the settings, and put it facing up on the roof of my car. A 30 seconds exposure. A memory for life.
Wedding photographers like to talk about what they feel like before a wedding. I get asked by a lot of clients if I'm nervous or scared in any way. Arriving to each wedding I photograph there is always anticipation. I'm not nervous or concerned, more like excited and eager to get started. No wedding is the same therefore the moments I capture are constantly changing. I'm always striving to up my game and document in a way that has never been before. I want to give my clients something unique. Something catered to them.
What isn't discussed a lot is what its like leaving a wedding. I'm not talking about the after effects hours later, or the next day. I'm speaking of literally packing up and walking to the car. So many things go through my mind including significant moments of the day or specific images I know I nailed. I think about what the wedding was like and if I was on my game. I start getting excited to cull through the images later on.
While I got all those same feelings at Sarah + Justin's wedding, this wedding I left feeling a bit more special. I'm not sure if it was the vibe of the day, the location, or the people. But something made made me feel damn good. Something made this wedding stick out in my mind ... and it still does months after. I'm thankful for all the weddings I get to photograph but there are those that do something to me - that keep me inspired - that keep me doing what I love to do. For them, I'm thankful.