This past May, my family and I moved from a yearlong stay in North Carolina back to Maine, and the timing was such that I was able to attend my next quinquennial high school reunion and see some old friends. Our graduating class was tiny (35 or so), and I still recall details of my classmates than is probably typical (middle names, home phone numbers, brand of soccer cleats), and so I was somewhat surprised when classmate Danna McKinney was having trouble placing me when I first arrived. The more we talked, however, the more she seemed to remember. We exchanged life stories and she showed me pictures of her beautiful children. A couple of months later, she emailed, asking if I would be interested in photographing her daughter's wedding, and added that they also wanted shots of themselves in unicorn and horse masks. It sounded intriguing and I told Danna I'd be honored to shoot it.
So two weeks ago, I drove to Danna's mother's house in Gloucester, Maine, where the wedding would be held. Abby Lumsden, along with her dog, Ben, greeted me outside, and I soon discovered that she, too, was a graduate of Waynflete. She was instantly charming and held conversation like a Mainer of her generation - unassuming, relaxed and with salted wit. I could have talked with her for hours but I had a wedding to shoot.
It ended up being a very relaxed wedding and there was ample time for me to shoot both lit portraits and candids. During the actual ceremony, I only took a few frames, as I didn't want the sound of my shutter to interfere too much. Truly, it was one of the most heartfelt weddings I've ever witnessed, and halfway through, it dawned on me how lucky I was to be included in such an intimate ceremony. Elizabeth and Anthony both have a sweet and genuine way about them and I saw their interactions with each other to be natural and harmonious. I won't soon forget their special day, would have wished them luck afterward, but somehow I didn't think they needed it.