Sandi and Pete enjoy camping, hiking, and riding their motorcycles and dirt bikes together, so it was an easy choice to make to go to Letchworth and do all of those things I was happy to hang out with these cool kids.
Rich and Sarah have a pretty long history with one another, having dated for a while, then taking a break for a while, then getting back together. When they announced their engagement, no less than 10 minutes later they asked me to photograph their wedding. I was honored to be considered so early in their planning process– thank you, Rich and Sarah for that.
Like the other two weddings among my church, most recently Matt and Heather, the wedding had some subtle differences to most weddings that I attend. The ceremony featured several friends and family singing worship songs acapella, along with wedding guests speaking words of encouragement and faith in front of the whole group to the couple, as a sign of the community’s support of their relationship. The DJ (who MC’ed the ceremony too) commented “I do a lot of weddings, but I’ve never seen a group of people so supportive of the couple”. The love is outwardly apparent even to acquaintances of the church.
My kids were very entertaining during the reception, but I’ll show most of those pictures in a post at another time. Enjoy these photos and thank you again Rich and Sarah for letting me be a part of your important day.
The best man, the officiant (and Rich’s closest friend) and Rich.
Seeing her for the first time
Words of encouragement being spoken to her from one of her close girlfriends.
High five for dad
Custom made Chuckie Taylors.. that’s more Sarah’s style.
Hammin’ it up.. cute
My oldest son Evan putting on the dance moves
And my youngest twin sons, imitating their older brother doing “handstands” haha
Something borrowed from Heather and Matt’s wedding- the bridal bouquet game… where on one side all the women line up, and on the other, all the guys. The bride starts in the center, surrounded by two guys. She hands the bouquet to one of the guys, then dances to the end of the line with the one without the flowers. The guy who is left sits in the middle, and two ladies sit next to him. Kind of like musical chairs.. and whoever is left with the bouquet at the end of the song gets to keep it. This is a pretty neat idea, and married folk can participate. It was quite funny when brother-sister combos would appear in the chairs.
Rich wrote, sung, played guitar and recorded a song for Sarah.
These next two have 1000lbs of meaning for the people involved.
After the reception, we did some couples portraits
We finally settled on a date to do their engagement shoot- and since they live in faraway Bath NY (where, coincidentally, one of the groomsmen from my own wedding is from), we chose Letchworth State Park as our glorious backdrop.. it is the “grand canyon of the east” after all!
Well enough from me- check out the pics of the lovely couple!
After a little goofin around
Another one of my panorama projects, this one is 27 images stitched together.
And a couple shots at the Glen Iris Inn, a nice wedding photography location in of itself.
This one is sweet… tiger lillies are blooming early this year.
Of course, if you’re at Letchworth, how can you not climb the bridge? (fast fact: this once was the site of the world’s largest wooden bridge until it burned down)
Seriously, looking through those cracks down 300+ feet gives you the creeps. So you just don’t look down. And the loogie test this time yielded 11 sec from bridge top to river. wow.
A nice infrared photo
And a cool-lookin strobey shot to finish things up!
Thanks for a good time Rob + Anna, I’m looking forward to your wedding this fall!