It’s not often you get to photograph your own brother’s wedding – in fact, I’ll only get two chances! And shooting a wedding amidst the COVID-19 pandemic? Even less often hopefully. When Travis and Emma got engaged last November, they got right to planning, and we walked alongside them amidst all the ups and downs of wedding day planning – the date, the location, the people, and all the things that don’t work quite out as planned. They had wanted to get married closer to home in Minnesota, but finally settled on the beautiful Hidden Meadow Barn venue in Pepin, Wisconsin. Little did they know when they picked it that it would be a Godsend as COVID-19 hit – the difference of restrictions and things from Minnesota to Wisconsin would be the determining factor if they would be able to have their beautifully planned wedding day or need to postpone it to the fall.
Imagine with me that a few short months before your wedding day, the entire world is immersed into a pandemic. Life quickly changes from just starting to emerge from winter hibernation as spring is finally coming to disappearing into houses, working at home, walking on the opposite side of the street if someone is coming, schools closed through the end of the year, and weddings cancelled. The beautiful wedding that you have spent hours, weeks, and months planning at Hope Glen Farm suddenly out of reach. As restrictions continue to, well, restrict and then riots cause our state to call in the national guard, all of it seems so heavy, so overwhelming, so crazy – and more than enough to make anyone or any couple into a bit of a bridezilla.
Maybe it’s just me, but after all the excitement of the holiday season, I can feel rather down in the dumps. We spend November working on being thankful, we go right into December counting down each moment and jam-packing a ton of activities in as we celebrate baby Jesus’ birth at Christmas, and then within a week we are sent into a new year. Wow, just thinking about it leaves my head spinning. And yet, we do this every year… and I’m starting to notice a pattern for myself of where I feel a bit overwhelmed with the daunting tasks and unknown future of the new year as I step into early January.
Top 5 Hats You Didn't Know Your Wedding Day Photographer Should Also Be Wearing & 2019 Behind the Scenes
That moment when you realize you're already three days into a new year.... wow, where did the time go? Trust me, we get it! So we sat down quick to take a moment and reflect on this last year and all of the amazing couples and families we got to serve. SUCH an honor! While there are many behind the scenes moments you don't ever get to see, we laughed our way through some of the ones that we captured and it reminded us of all the "other things" we do as photographers on your wedding day. It's an honor and a privilege to walk alongside you and balance these hats. Thanks to all our 2019 clients for trusting us!
So without further ado, we noticed the top 5 hats that your wedding day photographer should also be wearing (and a few fun shots to go with it).
One of the most precious things that happens on a wedding day is uncovering the behind-the-scenes stories and details that aren’t shared with everyone. In fact, I love this so much that we’ve made it a new goal of ours to try to notice the special little things and remember them, so that we can share them after the wedding day. Ariel and Alex’s wedding day at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie had so many of them, though, that we might not be able to share them all, but we’ll try!
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