I had the fantastic opportunity of photographing a Boston wedding with Lisa Rigby Photography in July, this time for another super gorgeous couple who held their ceremony and reception at The Beehive – the same venue that recently hosted the K9 + Cocktails event a few weeks ago. This time I was able to experience something a little different from the other past weddings I’ve done – a start to finish kind of affair that lets us photographers be a privileged part of all the intimate, behind-the-scenes moments.
I started the day by meeting Lisa at the couple’s home in Brookline. Will the groom was upstairs strumming some tunes while his bride Nisa and her closest girlfriends cloistered themselves away downstairs, getting ready and drinking some bubblies.
Yes, the groom is something of a musician! And yo, I got to see him sans shirt (sorry, no photos).
First I thank Lisa for allowing me tag along (and for steering them to me for their Welcome Dinner the previous night!), and to Nisa and Will for allowing Lisa to allow me to tag along. I don’t think it could have been easy to have one, much less two people, hovering about you while you’re in various states of undress or cosmetic readiness. Honestly, in what other gig would you be allowed such direct access into someone’s personal life? I mean, would I allow complete strangers to 1) see me half naked 2) see me with no makeup and 3) photograph me willy nilly while I’m half naked with no makeup? Are you crazy?!
They were the perfect models – easy to work with, easy to look at in person and on camera, and totally unself-conscious. For all intents and purposes, we weren’t there. It made capturing those coveted “real moments” that much easier.
Here’s the bride in her beautiful Vera Wang dress. Her son trumps the groom and gets the first look!
All ready to go. Before we headed to The Beehive, we made a stop at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline for some portraits.
And then it was off to The Beehive to get hitched and to partay!
After whirling his bride on the dance floor, Will and his band did some crooning on the stage floor. Hmm. Kinda sorta jealous that my husband can’t do this. Well, he could, if you replaced the guitar with a computer keyboard and replaced singing into the mike with cursing into the screen. Sometimes that can be just as sexy in its own special way. Sometimes. OK not really. I’d prefer the singing.
And the evening closed out with some good old-fashioned (b)romance.
Congrats to Nisa & Will!
P.S. Here are Lisa’s awesome photos from the day. I helped her work the off-camera lighting. It was fun!! And highly educational as well :)
P.S. #2 I shot entirely without my Speedlight. Not because I thought I was hot stuff, but because I couldn’t insert AA batteries correctly into the flash. I had 8 batteries with me, all fully charged, tried all through the night to get it to turn on, missed some shots in the meantime, rearranged the batteries some more, and it finally fired up. As soon as I got home. That said, I am now a freaking expert at shooting in the dark.