Wednesday

I’m Not a Wedding Photographer. I Just Play One On My Blog.

So my sister in law wanted a very casual wedding on the beach.  She didn’t want to hire a photographer, so she asked me to do her a favor and take some pictures.  I said yes.  Then, later I panicked when I realized that I have no earthly clue how to properly photograph a wedding.  My only reference being my own wedding photos… my big hair… and those wacky teal satin bridesmaid dresses that I swore those girls would wear again.

The night before the wedding, I went to Flickr for some beach wedding photography inspiration.  It gave me some good ideas, and some not so good ideas on how to pose a couple.  I memorized everything I saw.

So below are a few of the pictures from the day… for better or for worse.

 

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I kind of like how the picture below turned out.  Their heads and the point at the bottom of her skirt form a heart.  This photo is what I call a “happy accident”.  Hey, If I ever start a photography business that’s what I’ll call it… Happy Accidents! 

Kidding!

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I love the bride’s wedding shoes.  I couldn’t resist.

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The cake tasted as good as it looked!  I’m a sucker for a beach theme.

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I discovered I could have used an assistant to help with the flower girls.  They were over it!

I should have brought along a rodeo clown.

Next time.

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And one last picture of the bride and groom walking off into the sunset/slash/fog. 

Congratulations, L and J!  Enjoy your honeymoon!

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Man, I need a vacation!

45 comments:

Wanda said...

Beautiful pictures of a memorable day. (You done good.) I love the last one where she is looking back. It's just perfect.

And the name 'Happy Accidents' - wow, you fell on that by accident and it's perfect. Great name.

Enjoy your imaginary vacation.
:)

Alicia said...

I would be so nervous too, but you did an awesome job! I bet she just loves her photos!

Laurie said...

You did a great job! Such a beautiful bride and a memorable day!

Hannah said...

Get. Out. Of. Town.

You are amazing. You need to start getting your business cards ready little missy. I would not have even had the you know what's to try.

You rock! (by the way...I DO know that me saying "you rock" just totally made that saying lame.)

Jaimee said...

Wow, those are beautiful! You could totally do that for a living!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the happy accident! You do rock, you know that, right?

Mommy said...

GIRL!!! These photos totally ROCK!!! Happy Accidents?...you know what you're doing my friend!! Love them all! Congrats! The time you spent on flickr paid off :)

He & Me + 3 said...

They turned out beautiful and you edit pictures awesome. i know they will love them! Love the brides shoes. Way cute.

Joanna said...

Way to go, girl! Impressive! :)

Lisa said...

you are an inspiration! I love seeing the photos you take and edit. You DO rock!

Chrissy MacCEO said...

You did a super job! Now go check out picnik.com and you can add different textures, etc. to the pictures, too!!! Photo editing is SO much fun!!

Mom 4 Kids said...

These are great photos! Even the one with the flower girls who were done is priceless!

Amanda said...

Oh girl... weddings are HARD!!! (I tried to just take pictures at a wedding once...not hired or anything... and it was pitiful!)

To me it looks like you did the right research and took the right shots... they look great!!!

Such a great setting!!

Blessings-
Amanda

4 vs 1 said...

The photos are GREAT! I always said I wanted my second wedding to be on the beach. ;o)

Maybe we will renew our vows on a beach for our 25th!

Gardenia said...

holy moley. those pictures are awesome. i love your sis in law's choice of "bridesmaids' dresses"!!! so unique. so beachy. that heart shape is too much. accident, schmaccident!

Suzanne and Jayme said...

What a fantastic job you did...It is so cool to see you grow and develop your photography skills..had to be that photo class we took..hee hee...

None-the-less, I'm coming to you for family portraits.

Miss you guys, let's get together soon

Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Beautiful pictures...I love the way you photograph!

Laura said...

Beautiful pictures and what a perfect place to get married!! LOVE that cake too! Awesome job! :)

kim @ mommyknows said...

The photos are amazing and the cake is freakin' fantastic.

You are so talented.

Kari @ p.s. love.love. said...

Those are awesome!!!!! Love the cake. Love the 'shoes' - the beads are gorgeous! Amazing as always :o)

Leah and Maya said...

beautiful pictures, my favorite place is the ocean, would love to have some beach wedding pictures, but we were not on the ocean side of the state at that time. Great job, I would have been nervous too, especially since the lighting, oh so difficult for me. I lvoe the heart!

Becca said...

Those are BEAUTIFUL!

Peacea nd Hugs,
Becca

McMurrays said...

you did a fabulous job! I love the second photo the best!
Darcy

Aaron said...

Love these photos, they are very creative and really give a feel for the emotions on the day, agreed I really like the second photo.

Amanda Rooney said...

OH SO FABULOUS!! Awesome job!! Congratulations to your sister and may they be forever blessed!!

Lynn said...

Your photos are beautiful and probably much better than a "professional" photographer because you have a personal connection to the couple.

Terri said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous pictures!!!

aamayna said...

Wow, amazing! So very neat about the heart on accident!!! I would totally wear that kind of shoe if I could re-do my wedding!!

Sarah said...

Congrats on a job well done!!! God's blessings on your weekend, Sarah :D

Carrie said...

Wow!!! These are GREAT!!! I am super-impressed! I, too, love your editing style!! ;)

Stina said...

I feel you did a job while done (Wow:-) That being said, I would like to award you with A Strong Cup Of Coffee Award. Please come on over to my blog, and check it out http://www.parentstlc.com Congrats!!!

Lund7 said...

The photos are beautiful, the bride is gorgeous, the cake looks amazing and those little flower girls are adorable!!! You rock!!!

Kim at Polka Dot Thought said...

Oh, I think you did a great job and def. have the photography eye for good shots! The wedding looks like it was lovely!

2 Toddlers and Me said...

Beautiful photos and a beautiful wedding. It looked like it went perfectly.

Maybe you have a photography hobby you could turn into a business one day. Exciting!

Julia said...

great job! those are gorgeous!!! what an awesome day to have a wedding on the beach!!! :)

Kate said...

Lovely photos! Well done :-)

Ferrick said...

Nice job Stacey!!! Love the last one.

TuTu's Bliss said...

I had big plans for tonight and an early bed time on the schedule. Nothing has gotten done and it's almost midnight. It is all your fault. Your posts, the amazing pictures just sucked me in. It was time well spent ;)

Tiffany said...

These are gorgeous! You certainly could pass for a wedding photographer! And I think you are on to something with "happy accidents"! {grin}

Taking Heart said...

I love the beach! Those photos are amazing... that cake was neat-o... very unique.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great weekend!

Kristi said...

I love your pictures! I have been sitting here looking at your blog forever. I love the layout of your blog as well. I am trying to find a way to make my pictures larger like yours and wondered if you had any tips. My email is Kristimu@aol.com if you have the time or where I can go to get the answers! Hope your having a great weekend!!

Nevididi said...

Thank you...I love your pictures...and I love Happy Accidents lol. I need to send a picture of Alayah for you to do the "your picture my edit" thing...your good at that :) I have happy accidents in photoshop lol..I push buttons till it does something happy lol

Teresa said...

Oh wow!!! Those are some beautiful pictures! I just discovered you through Lynnette's Getting to Know You Monday and she picked a winner here! I am so glad that she introduced us! What a perfect happy accident! I am sure that they were thrilled with your work! Now, I am going to go find that "Follow You" happy button!

Melissa G. said...

I love beach weddings!
You did a great job!

G-Zell said...

YOU DID A FANTASTIC JOB, JUST WONDERFUL!

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