I would assume that it is pretty rare that Tennessee gets to see it’s Governor give away a daughter to marriage while in office. So it was exciting to be asked to shoot such a monumental occasion at the Governor’s Residence. We had a great time with Annie Haslam and David Colquitt on their big day and enjoyed getting to know them and their families.
Each time I met with Annie, Crissy (the First Lady) and Elizabeth James (the planner) Annie expressed her commitment to keeping the wedding laid back and fun. And by laid back I mean, a bride and bridesmaids in boots, a bonfire with s’mores, a rockin’ band, the game of corn hole, and our own version of a photo booth. Elizabeth executed Annie’s vision brilliantly and everything went off without a hitch even with 30 minutes of rain that decided to start during the post ceremony photos.
I have to admit, the secret service can be intimidating to work around. Although I didn’t think about it at the time, it probably would not have gone over very well had I encouraged all of the guys with “ear-pieces” to get together for a photo.
As the wedding photographer, I have to build trust as quickly as possible with my subjects. If they didn’t trust me, like me, or want me around; it would be impossible to capture the genuine moments that they are drawn to in the first place. One of the best ways to do this is to be a part of the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Getting to know everyone and being there as the stories and memories are told is a special time and is a valuable way to connect before the wedding.
My favorite part of the wedding was the rice getaway. The photos were amazing and it was my first experience with a rice getaway. No one does it anymore because of the danger it poses to birds which is actually an urban myth and rice is fine for birds. I believe the myth was brought about because churches didn’t want to have to clean it up.
It has to be said and I know the photos don’t do it justice, but Gov. Haslam danced the best father-daughter dance I have ever seen. I know my jaw wasn’t the only one in the floor as they did spin after spin. I made a commitment that day to take dance lessons (someday) and try to outdo him at my daughter’s wedding (Olive is 10 months old.)
I hope you enjoy the photos!