It's a great thing to me that even after being in this industry this long, working as a Wedding Photographer in the Tampa Bay Area for well over a decade that I still find places I've never been. We have so many venues for Weddings within an hour drive that it's no wonder there are over 19,000 weddings a year in our area! I'd imagine on any given Saturday, there are about 200 weddings going on between Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and surrounding areas!
Enter Baker's Ranch in Parish, Florida. I've heard of it, I think, but never had a wedding there. Bit of a myth to bust here: Just because your photographer has never been to a place doesn't mean they can't produce amazing work for you. Any Wedding Photographer worth their salt can assess a site, gauge the lighting, find the best spots and simply do their job. As a matter of fact, I find it more difficult to be creative at a place I've been dozens of times! See? Sometimes it's better if your photographer is working a fresh location. Sometimes, depends on the photographer.
There are moments as a Professional Wedding Photographer that make the career choice worthwhile. There are moments that make us second guess our decisions too. Thankfully, we have very few of those! Taylor and Michael were simply fantastic to work with. We connected almost immediately when we met, their Engagement Session was smooth and easy (in a good way), and we were really looking forward to working with them on their Wedding.
So.... here's the thing. It's Florida. We get rain here. Especially in October. Just as we were about to go out for a perfectly-on-time-ceremony... it poured. Well, I always expect ceremonies to be a little late, ten minutes or so. This was no exception. General rule for Florida weather, "If you don't like the weather, wait fifteen minutes, it will change.". This time, only took ten minutes. Wipe off the chairs, and we're good to go.
Well, it started again right as we were about to do couple's portraits! So, what to do? First, find a bit of cover, second... borrow an umbrella and get to work! It was pink.... Welcome to the wonders of digital editing. It is no longer pink as that did not create a harmonious color combination with the style of the wedding.
Needless to say, but I will anyway: Taylor and Michael were wonderful. Their day went off without a hitch, but just a few raindrops. The night was filled with hugs, a few tears, dancing..... oh, I have to say something about the dancing! Many people are, shall we say, inhibited about dancing... myself included. Many are not. I can, with absolute certainty, say that Taylor and Michael do not have this problem. Watching them dance together was awesome. It's as if they live by that meme, "Dance like no one is watching.". They enjoy each other, and have fun together, isn't that what the basis of marriage is? Being each other's best friend? Being that one person you can be silly with, and being totally okay with that.
Here's to many years for Taylor and Michael!
Oh, and here's a sneak peek of their photos:
Taylor & Michael's Engagement Session: www.briancidocks.com/taylor-michael-sawgrass-lake-park-st-petersburg-engagement-photography/
Baker's Ranch: www.bakersranch.com/
Sensational Ceremonies: www.sensationalceremonies.com/locations-weddings/tampa/
Nellie's Deli, Market and Catering: www.nelliescatering.com/#!catering
Grant Hemond and Associates: granthemond.com/
The Perfect Dress: theperfectweddingdress.net/
Men's Wearhouse: www.menswearhouse.com/