We arrived at the Men’s Abbey in Caen and the wedding service was almost over. We stood near the back to for great Abbey, as the priest pronounced the happy couple husband and wife, and a great cheer was heard from the guest. As the couple were hugged and congratulated by parents and family the guest filled out to the front doors and waited patiently. As the couple left the church arm and arm the family and friends let out another big cheer. The wedding photographers were nowhere to be seen I am not sure what photos they would have taken, but I love this one. The first kiss on the steps of the church, the family and friends showering them with rose pedals.
The Men’s Abbey in Caen has a long history, founded in 1067 by William the Conquer it is described as a Norman Romanesque Church and I was left wondering how many generations of this couple’s family had been married here.
Inside the Church is a display of photos. The citizens of Caen took shelter there during the World War ll bombings. It was one of the few buildings left standing in the city. You can see from one of the earlier blog posts, the bombs, unfortunately, did not always avoid the churches.
The visit to the Abbey was a thoughtful one, many of the Churches we have visited have been like museums, with audio guides detailing the art and telling us of the history. While we are aware of that they are a Sacred Destination for many today we witnessed the role that many play in lives of their congregation. Each day brings us something new and wonderful.
The wedding shoe image was taken some time ago, just recently I pulled it from the archive to work with Nik Software, experiment with different processes, finishes and textures, all in an attempt to develop style and album options that will appeal to both myself and to potential clients.
I have a lot of respect for Wedding Photographers, they commit to a high energy, long demanding day, to capture moments that are both important to the bride and groom as well their family, and in some cases moments that few will actually see. They are attuned to the emotions around them, without being caught up in them. Always on the look out for those family interactions that can be caught in an image without actually interrupting the flow of the day or the emotion of the minute. In some cases it is the photographer can be the “savior” of the moment.
I have yet to meet a wedding photographer that didn’t have in their bag, a packet of pins, a role of duct tape, gum, kleenex, and just about anything else that is small and might be needed in the case of an emergency. They can play with children and keep a group of 20 focused to get family pictures in the midst of the chaos and visiting that everyone would rather be doing.
But, for me, the most fascinating, the wedding photographer on top of all the people and activity, will walk around all day also keeping track of the fine details that the bride has spent hours anguishing over; making sure that all those details are also photographed. The detail images are then processed and presented in an album that helps to pull the whole day together. A book of memories that will last a lifetime.
The title might have been a little misleading, but even a water fight is a little unexpected on the typical wedding day! They had fun, and my camera gear stayed dry, two very important points. This had to have been the most fun I have had at a wedding in a very long time.
My wish for Jeff and JoAnna, may all their battles/fights be this much fun.
Joanna is a wonderful photographer, and designer, here she has taken two of our favourite photos and created a beautiful thank-you card. As a photographer her work features landscapes, wildlife, rodeo and ranching subject. check out her work at Joanna Lynn Photography
Jeff and JoAnna enjoy a quiet moment after the wedding ceremony. Earlier in the day it looked like it might rain, but the afternoon was beautiful and warm, a little breezy, but no mosquitos! It was a beautiful day for a wedding. The bridge is too high to actually dangle your feet in the water, but it is a nice place to sit. The kids were close by watching and waiting, you can see the shadows on the left.
I was lucky to meet JoAnna through a mutual friend and fellow photographer. JoAnna and Jeff were married on Aug 3, 2012 and they asked if I would photograph the wedding. I am grateful for the opportunity to meet their families, and to spend the day with them. I am hoping to get all the photos done this week. I have to say this is one of my favourite photos.
I was happy to assist and photograph at the wedding, while the weather was a little grey, the day was a happy one for everyone who attended the wedding. I don’t think anyone looked happier than the groom!