I just wanted to let you all know that shooting that wedding was perhaps the hardest and most nerve wracking thing I have ever done in my life. 12 week pregnant me was more than destroyed by the end of the night. I'm sore and exhausted. The challenges were plentiful and I'm not sure I dealt with them as well as I could have.
Among the challenges...I get there and realize that there is not going to be any way to do pre-wedding bridal and bridal party portraits as there is no way to get the girls out of the (super duper tiny and DARK) dressing room without everyone seeing the bride before the wedding. I think, no problem...we'll catch up between the ceremony and the reception. OOPS, one problem, I only have 1 HOUR!!!!! between the ceremony and reception for photos. WHA!?!?!?!?! I got maybe 10 portraits of the bride and groom after all the family formal shots were done. None of the cute bridal party shots that I wanted to get...and nothing I was hoping to try.
Next challenge, the ceremony was extremely difficult to photograph....on one side....crazy, haze inducing, flare causing backlight...on the other side...harsh shadows and bright light. I could only shoot on one side of the pulpit because there was a river on the other side keeping me from crossing. Fortunately the bride had asked a photographer friend of hers to take some photos at the wedding and he had planted himself on the other side of the river so he could get some of the shots I couldn't get.
Next horror....a light had blown down earlier in the day that we didn't discover until after dark meant that there would be NO AMBIENT LIGHT on half of the outdoor reception area. Wouldn't have been as big of a deal if that weren't the side where the cake cutting was done and the dancing. My camera was screaming at me! I tried to manual focus for a while, but it's really hard to focus manually in almost pitch blackness.
SO, all in all, I got some good shots, but I'm horribly disappointed with myself and the situation. I will share the good, the bad and the ugly eventually...but for now, I just wanna say. Next time someone asks me to do a wedding, I'm going to say no freaking way! I may recover in time...but man oh man, it was just so hard.