Mairead & Fergus, Wedding
I’ve taken months off of shooting weddings plenty of times, more often than not, I stop shooting around end of October, and then start again in March. So a 4 month break essentially, so I’m well used to putting the cameras down, then picking them up months later & going again. This year is different as we all know! I had already put my cameras down for January & February, then picked them back up in March for three weddings, only for most of the planet to shut-down in some way, and basically 90% of my 2020 weddings to postpone until late in the year or into 2021. So it was beyond weird to have no work right in the middle of my busy season.
Mairead & Fergus were one of those couples who had originally rescheduled to 2021. But good things happen, chats with local priests happen, and they decided that the most important thing for them was to get married with the most important people present, their immediate families. I’m sure they’ll have a big celebration when things are somewhat back to normal. But needless to say I was delighted when they asked me was I able to photograph their wedding on their original date…ecstatic actually! I get to do what I do again, even if it was just for the one day!
Aside from the smaller numbers, and even though I’ve shot smaller weddings before, the only difference to me was keeping in mind the social distancing aspect. Actually if you look at any of my wedding posts from 2007 to March 2020 (my last weddings), I’ve always used longer lenses…that comes from my background working in Formula 1 then by my influences of early wedding photography in late 2006 and 2007. My favourite portrait lens when I worked in Formula 1 was my 500mm lens! Doubling up on a face mask took a few minutes to sort as it kept fogging up my viewfinder but I found putting it super tight sorted that issue & after that it wasn’t a problem.
The day went pretty mega. A bit of prep at the grooms house, a big of prep at the brides house, then a lovely ceremony in the local church. I had already spotted a location across the road in an old field next to a school which thankfully hadn’t got mowed yet! Mairead was a trooper walking through the field with her new husband. Then we followed the couple in their pretty mega GT500 Shelby Cobra Mustang, to a location near their house on the lake which was just sublime! The weather all day was threatening rain, but it never came & as we hit the lake the sun came out & it just turned beautiful for the couple & their families back at the marquee that was set up for dinner!
Congrats again Mairead & Fergus…I honestly cannot thank you enough for getting married and having me document your beautiful wedding! Stay safe!