Last weekend I had the very great honor of photographing the wedding of my friends Matt and Emily.  I say friends as if I know them exceptionally well, but really I only know Emily better than I do Matt; and at that I really know Emily as well as I do because of a crazy place known as Xbox Live.  Met Emily at an IU vs Purdue tailgate a few years ago through a friend and we kept in touch via the wonders of the Xbox.  She owns her own web design company named Halo Media Design, and we’d talked a few times about photography for some of her clients but it never quite panned out how either of us wanted it too.  As of this posting her website appears to be going through upgrades, but she’s been doing it for years and I’m sure it’ll be back up and atom very soon.

(Nikon D3s, 400ISO, Nikon 24mmF1.4N@F2.  Nikon SB800 Speedlight on the camera’s hot shoe zoomed to 105mm pointed straight up at 1/16th power just to provide a small shower of light to illuminate the front of the dress.)

I’m pretty sure that their ceremony was simultaneously one of the neatest churches I’ve been in quite some time, as well as it is probably one of the darkest churches I’ve ever shot in as well.  As you can see above, there was no shortage of stained glass windows around anywhere but in the sanctuary.  (Not that many churches are all that well lit anyway… but I’m easily excited by colorful objects that emanate light, like stained glass windows…)  Short ceremony, only about 20 minutes but very beautiful.  It was a beautiful day for them, and that makes me happy as a beautiful day for them meant an easy day photographing for me.

(Nikon D3, 800ISO, Nikon 85mmF1.4D, 1/60@F2.  Nikon SB900 Speedlight with a SD-9A Battery pack zoomed to 200mm Shot through a 32″ Umbrella held by Tom to camera left in the pew slightly in front and above Emily and Matt set to 1/16th.  SB900 Fired by Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 from an on Camera Flex TT1 with a SU-800 in the hot shoe)

(Nikon D3, 320ISO, Nikon AF-S 24F1.4N, 1/1600@F1.4)

That’s Emily outside of the reception venue here in Indianapolis: The Rathskellar.  I”d like to say that my legs started to wobble at this point in the day, but truth be-told it was a much more difficult day for me than I’d like to admit.  By that I mean that right as I was packing to go to the wedding that morning my Nikon D700 decided it was going to Brick out on me; and by brick I mean: DIE.   You’re supposed to check your gear the day before, and I definitely did so this was fantastically unexpected.  Immediately I was on the phone with Robert’s Downtown where I was able to easily rent their D3 body to help me out.  Easy fix.  Also a special thanks to James Willis over at Class Trends Photography who on kind of a whim loaned me his 17-35F2.8 for the day as well.  Didn’t break that one of mine, I just don’t have it so it was a nice treat to play with.  Anyway, by the time we arrived at the reception I was settled into the rental body but had now come across a new hurtle.  A bicycle race.  The downtown was completely barricaded off, for the yearly Mass Avenue Criterium.  We had to have special barricade passes just to get in, and Tom (who was assisting me) had to park almost a block away from the reception with all of the equipment  even with a barricade pass.  (I had only my Two D3’s with wide lenses for the ride in the limo).  Even though we were slowed down quite a bit with the police and barricade as well as camera issues, the day honestly continued on after that with only one hitch; the one we were celebrating in the first place.

(Nikon D3s, 5000ISO, Nikon 70-200F2.8Vr2@110mm, 1/100th@F2.8)

I almost forgot how this story started though.  Yea, that’s right.  Know Emily via Xbox and the game of Halo essentially.  In fact, she and Matt are such big fans their entry song was actually the Halo 2 theme from about 30 seconds in, which Tom, the DJ and I all agree: was pretty cool.  In fact, one of the shots that we needed to get for sure was Emily and Matt playing Halo at their reception….

(Nikon D3s, 6400ISO, Nikon AF-S 17-35F2.8@17mm, 1/40th@F2.8.  Nikon SC-28 off camera cable attached to a Nikon SB-900 set to 1/32nd power zoomed to 105mm pointed directly into Tom’s Blue shirt)

Ok so maybe I made a funny.  They didn’t actually have an Xbox and TV set up to play Halo at their reception, but I thought they should have (and so did they).  It just didn’t work out that way.  Tom’s Shirt though made a Great blue reflector for my speedlight to give the impression that they were knees deep into a game, while everyone else was dancing the night away.

It was a beautiful day, and evening.  I’m very happy for the two of them who are now on their honeymoon to an undisclosed location doing undisclosed activities (most likely xbox in tow believe it or not).  While these are still very preliminary edits of quite a few photos that still need to be edited though, I’m very excited about the photos and hope to share more another time.  It was a fun night, and Emily and Matt seemed incredibly happy, which is good since that’s kind of the point of the whole day.  So congratulations once again to Emily and Matt, and as always.  More Soon.

(Nikon D3s, 2500ISO, Nikon 70-200F2.8VR2@200mm, 1/60th@F2.8.  Nikon SB900 with a SD9a Battery pack on a stand to camera right about 20′ back zoomed to 200mm firing at 1/32nd power.  Speedlight fired by Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 unit by a Pocket Wizard Flex TT1 with a Nikon SU800 in the hot shoe)