A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to help second shoot a wedding with Catherine Tolbert. We were facebook friends, but hadn’t met in person until the day of the wedding. Catherine told me the wedding party would be getting ready at the Marriott and to meet there at 2. No problem. Right?

Wrong. I went to the Marriott in downtown Greenville, not even thinking about the Marriott over by I-85 and Pelham. Way to make a great first impression. So I quickly drove over to the other Marriott and things got rolling.

I have to say, the bride was pretty laid back and just easy going. So easy going and laid back that the wedding started almost an hour and fifteen minutes late! I have to say that was a first for me. Someone brought the wrong dress for the mother of the bride, who had been decorating at the church all morning. Finally, someone drove to her house and picked up the right dress and the wedding started.

I had another first, this wedding party was huge. There were ten bridesmaids/groomsmen, seven junior bridesmaids, and three junior groomsmen. Talk about a lot of people!

The mother of the bride sews for the Little Children’s Theatre and she made all the bridesmaids’ dresses, as well as the bride’s dress. She was a busy mamma these past few weeks!

The cocktail hour and the reception were both held back at the Marriott. Of course this was during that stretch of 100 degree weather, so Catherine and I tried to shoot quickly through the wedding party photos, everyone was melting.  As we were waiting for the reception to start, we shot some quick shots of the bride and groom.

The brides colors and theme was an old Spanish theme, with tons of dark red and purple everywhere. The dresses reflected that theme with a touch of lace and Spanish flair. I still can’t get over that the mother of the bride made all those dresses!


On a different note, I have been wanting to try out some different editing.  The goal with my photos is to create a piece of work that is semi-traditional and semi-trendy in its editing; if there is such a thing. I want my photos to look fantastic years from now, and not be edited around some crazy trend at the moment. I also want my photos to look fantastic now and be as such that people will appreciate the modern flair. My battle is trying to find that balance.

For this particular wedding, since the bride and groom were not directly clients of mine, I decided to play around a little bit with the editing.  I have always loved a vintage edit. Some people can just pull it off and it looks fantastic. One of my favorites is Joanne Kaser of Josephiney Photography in northern Indiana.  I love her stuff!

This is different for me and I’m curious what you think. Do you like it? Should I do more of it? Should I stick to what I know? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Love this picture, it’s like the bridal version of Where’s Waldo?

The infamous ‘Uncle Bob’, this wedding had plenty.

These last two images are ones where I did a clean, traditional edit, like I normally would, alongside the more artistic and vintage edit. This will give you a side-by-side comparison of what I normally do and when I’m trying to be a little more creative. Let me know what you think. Do you like the clean edit or the creative edit?