Normally, I don’t work backwards. What do I mean? Well, I mean, after I photograph a wedding, I process all the photos; I selected some of my favorite moments and blog about the wedding; I may upload some photos to FB -depending on the privacy we had discussed, and then some weddings are featured in the press.
Martine and Nicola’s wedding was different. If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that things were posted backwards. The very first day after the wedding, I grabbed some of my favorites pictures, processed them and uploaded them to FB, then I continue to process all the pictures, their wedding story was featured in ABC news, I blogged about their wedding making news, and now, I’m finally blogging about the wedding. See what I mean.
Martine and Nicola were supposed to get married on August 28, you know that was the day when Hurricane Irene was said to hit New Jersey. Days before the wedding, the Governor declared state of emergency and one of the mayor highways was shut down. The situation looked dire, and it was clear the wedding was simply not going to happen, at least as planned. For scheduling reasons, their wedding couldn’t be postponed beyond a few days because Martine was leaving NYC to join her husband in another state. Many guests had already traveled from out of town, and even transportation in NYC was shut down forcing many business to close. The possibilities were very limited. Luckily, Martine had hired Fouzia Elidrissi as day-off wedding coordinator, but considering the circumstances, Fouzia Elidrissi happily took charge as a full wedding planner, and re-planned the wedding in less than 24 hours. We communicated back and forth and luckily the wedding took place.
Unfortunately, not all guests could make it, and among those guests were Nicola’s parents. As we drove to the reception, the sun set right behind the New Jersey skyline while Nicola talked to his parents on the phone and talked a little bit about the wedding. I took a photo, and that image stayed in my mind all night. I kept thinking about this picture. I knew it would be grainy and maybe blurry; after all I took it under terrible lighting conditions: inside a car, after sunset, backlit and no flash, but the meaning of that picture was profound, at least through my viewfinder. I wondered how I would feel if Isabella got married, and I was not there to see her walking down the aisle. I wondered how Martine felt after planning this wedding for so long and not being able to have all her friends or family.
So I did what any romantic photographer would do. I bypassed my own workflow, grabbed about 30-40 pictures and uploaded them on FB for Martine. She was looking at those pictures as I was tagging her, and she cried.
Martine and Nicola, it was an absolute honor to me to have been part of your wedding day.
After the ceremony we headed to Union Square park. The Park was crowded and dark, so I used as much available light as possible.
Martine and Nicola, thank you for following me up during our crazy portrait session in Union Square Park, and for being so gracious as hundreds of people watched and cheered for you.
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