Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Ceremony

So, this week has perpetuated this wedding into epic status, no? I mean, a little each day - you would think it was the marriage of the queen or something. Nope. Just a wedding where I took a lot of photos!

These photos, like the ones of the church itself, were taken in low, but not impossible light. I think I was shooting at something like an ISO of 400 - maybe 800, but nothing more than that. And, with the big camera, so even at 800, there is less grain. The low light, and the combination of the lens I was using - my favorite "let all the light in you can" lens - a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens - which, of course, is the poor man's (or woman's) version of the Canon EF 50mm f1.4, which is on my Christmas list - makes the photos have a "golden glow" about them.

And, you can "correct" this golden glow in Adobe Photoshop Elements by adjusting for skin tone. But I didn't. Because I like the look of the golden glow photos. I am sure there is some sort of photography rule of law that means these photos stink. I don't care. I like 'em. And, now, without further ado, I'll subject you to them as well.

Groom, approx. center, and groomsmen, prior to the ceremony.

Groom, with bridesmaids before the ceremony.

Before the ceremony, a few photos were taken of the bride and groom individually with the members of the wedding party. I thought the girls were especially willing to comply with the photographer's wishes, which led to what I think will be posed, but yet natural-looking photos.

Cary, the groom's, youngest nephew.

As people were being seated, this guy was a little on edge. I think he knew the "you must sit absolutely still and quiet" part was coming up next. I caught him, barely, gazing out towards the back of the church. Shortly thereafter, the ceremony began in earnest.

Cary's mom and brother.

Cary's brother, Brett, was the Best Man. He played double duty at the start of the evening, however, and came out to escort his mother down the aisle. Cary's dad was there, but they've been divorced for eons. So, Brett did the honors. The photo above is after they returned from mom lighting their family's flame on the unity candle stand. Incidentally, the lady already seated there in the front row with her back to us is Cary's grandmother (the only "grand" still living on either side of the family). I didn't get a shot of her going up or down, but man, she was stealing the show - waving to the crowd, shaking hands, generally yukking it up. She was so cute. The photographers were calling her, "Hollywood."

This would have been a great shot if S wouldn't blink so much.

I tried to get S in action as he greeting his bridesmaid and headed up the stairs. And, I was pleased with the above shot - how the ladies are in the background, etc. But, S had to go and blink. Darn him. And, the low light caused many of the action shots to be very blurry. So, I decided to leave this one in.

The bride and her dad.

This action shot, while blurry in places, came out pretty cool, I think. I like it a lot. The bride looks like her dad. And she's an only child. I'm sure this was a bittersweet moment for the two of them - daddy's girl all grown up. They made a handsome pair.

Shortly after the giving away.

This ceremony had lots of turning cues for the attendants...turn here, turn there, look there. They were sort of like human louvers.

Louvering to the left for the reading.

The vows.

This Monsignor has a very special speaking style. I wish I would have recorded it for you. Go to Christ the King some Sunday just to hear him. We bumped into one of his parishioners after the ceremony, who said he 1) always talks like that and 2) is from Dallas. Honey, that speech pattern is not Dallas. But, we'll take you on your word. The funniest part of his vow recitation was where, for both participants, he recited the words, "and fidelity". The way in which he enunciated those words with great force and speciality cracked me up. I thought the bride and groom should have said them back in the same way. But, they didn't. Party poopers.

As soon as he started talking, and definitely by the time he got to "and fidelity", I was conjuring up the wedding scene from The Princess Bride. This guy did not have what I would call a speech impediment - just a unique speech style. But, man is that scene great. "Mawwage..." Rent it if you don't know what I'm talking about. It's a great movie.

Lighting of the unity candle - to the tune of "Ave Maria".

Well, not really to the tune of, but they had a soprano sing the work while the unity candle was being lit. This is sort of one of those moments in most weddings where there is an awkward pause. The unity candle takes like 13.2 seconds to be lit, but the song the couple chooses to "play under it" is always 6 minutes long. Or longer. I think instead, couples should choose a very short piece, or God forbid - light the candle with no background music, and then, if you want special music played, play it and let people listen to it. My two cents for all you wedding planners out there. Free of charge!

S and I, at or wedding, given my opinions about this part of the ceremony, chose a very short piece to be performed on the piano - it didn't play but maybe a second longer than it took us to waddle over and do the honors. It was a lullaby that Percy Grainger wrote to be played at his own wedding in honor of his bride to be. For those of you who don't know, I used to be a band director, and Mr. Grainger is one of the great composers of band repertoire. This piece was written in the key of F#, because Percy thought that the happiest key. I remember my friend Brian thought I was crazy when I told him I picked a piece for him to perform at the wedding, and it was in F#. But, he played it beautifully.

Another funny thing about that piano piece, or the piano at least, at our wedding. The church at that time had a lovely sounding but not very good looking piano for the sanctuary. So, they suggested we "decorate" it in some way if we were going to use it in the ceremony. My mother lovingly stitched a runner for the top, and we ordered greenery to go on top of the runner from the florist. Well, when the flowers were delivered, there was no piano greenery. My mother called and got it taken off the bill immediately - she was, well, stressed out, and hacked it didn't show. Hours later, as we left the reception, we noticed, in the lobby of the reception building, over in the corner, there was a piano - with a whole lot of greenery on it. They had indeed brought that greenery - just to the wrong place and to the wrong piano.

Now, back to this wedding.

Then, they got to the good part.

And, they were pronounced husband and wife.

And the small children were especially grateful.
(Cary's niece and her dad.)

After the ceremony, there were more photos to take. Everyone seemed a little more relaxed.

Cary with groomsmen and ushers.

Trying to corral the whole wedding party into a photo.

I really like this one of the bride and groom.
Don't they look happy?

There were lots more photos taken of this family group and that, and of the bride and groom. Before we headed to the reception, though, we had someone snap one of us. This time, no self-portrait.

S and me at Cary's wedding.

S cleans up pretty nice, doesn't he! That necklace is supposed to be centered, dropping in the center. What was up with no one ever mentioning it was half-askew around my neck? Oh well.

Tomorrow - the epic wedding saga will conclude with Episode IV: The Reception.

1 comment:

  1. So, I've figured out that I just need to click on your blog and then go check some other sites while it loads...I'm patient like that. No idea what the problem is.

    I like the picture of you and S. Your hair looks great long.


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