My second wedding photography experience was with one of my SAI sisters and roommates from our senior year. Kristi is a small but cute and very kind, loving person and I was very honored when she asked me to be the photographer for their wedding as well. With our busy schedules I didn’t get to see Brandon too often because I was off at the music and art buildings or they were studying in the library but from the times I got to see them together I could tell that they were in love.
Although I had a little experience photographing a wedding, this one was different. Brandon and Kristi are part of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church and their wedding ceremony is quite a bit different than your standard wedding ceremony. There’s an altar in the middle of the room and everyone stood around the bride and groom. There was lots of chanting, repeating sayings three times (to symbolize The Trinity), circles, crowns, and more. I had been to one other Orthodox wedding as a guest so I remembered most of the procedure, but due to the setup of the ceremony this wedding was more of a challenge to photograph with the movement of the priests and the couple. (Oh, and this time I was photographing on my own!)
Things went well though and the priest was very nice to me about letting me take pictures throughout the whole ceremony (as some churches don’t allow that). The church was UN-air-conditioned though so it was a VERY warm service but everyone made it through without any major problems. One of the things I loved about taking pictures in this church was the amount of iconic imagery. There were bright colored images all over the place (as you’ll see in a couple photos) which gave a lot of color and extra personality to church and the photos taken there. The reception was great too with live folk music and a very joyful, cheery atmosphere. (The kids dancing to the music was also pretty heart-warming and fun.)
Thanks Brandon and Kristi for letting me take part in your special day with you. I wish you two a very blessed marriage and the best in your life in Nebraska!