When I arrived in Philadelphia, an ominous sky lurked in the background. I whispered a little prayer to myself that everyone’s nerves would stay calm in spite of those massive gray clouds, and breathed a grateful thank you to God that Jasmine was ring-leading for the day. I was nervous enough, those clouds didn’t help. Nervous that Marie and Charlie and I wouldn’t click, that Jasmine and JD would be regretting the decision to bring in a random third shooter, and that I would just plain suck.
All my nerves were immediately put to rest as soon as I met each of them. Marie and Charlie were even more amazing then I could’ve imagined, and Jasmine and JD both made me feel like I was not only not getting in the way, but that in some small way I helped the day. And that was my main goal for this entire experience. Sure, what I hoped to gain was a chance to watch Jasmine work, how she interacts with her brides and grooms…but priority number one was making Marie and Charlie’s day better.
I hope that I did. I believe that I did. I literally laughed out loud to myself when I read Jasmine’s blog about the day, when she mentioned wanting to put Marie and Charlie in her pocket. My initial blog draft said the same things. In those actual words. Welcome to the re-draft. This entire blog post was actually quite a difficult for me for one reason…I didn’t want to look like a Jasmine copy-cat, so I shot very differently from how I normally would. It gave me a chance to play around a lot more than I ever get to, but it also meant that I didn’t want to get in the way and if she got that shot already, we needed to move on. At one point, I thought I had a brilliant idea for a setup for Marie’s FABULOUS Jimmy Choo’s. When I turned around and saw Jasmine going for that very shot, I scrambled to come up with something different, something not obviously shadowed in her initiative. Same with the dress. So forgive me. It’s a bit daunting shooting along side someone who’s work you adore.
Thank you Marie and Charlie for having such giant hearts that you used your wedding for such a great cause. For being the kind of people that used half your honeymoon to serve others. For letting me be a part of your lives, even for one day. And Jasmine and JD, thank you thank you thank you again…for everything.
Just a warning…I’ve been DYING to do a shoot on some train tracks, like, for years. So indulge me while I share perhaps a few too many from this spot. Marie and Charlie are just too stinking cute too narrow it down any more.
I couldn’t resist. There was just personality oozing from every nook and cranny of the mill. I love me some East Coast sass!