My first wedding photography adventure

I will be honest...I went back and forth {and back again} about whether or not I should post wedding photography on my blog since I'm still REALLY unsure if I'll ever do another wedding again. My main focus right now is children and family photography {in case you are new to my corner of the world}.

When I was contacted by this couple to photograph their big day, I was sorta speechless. Someone wanted ME to photograph their wedding when I had ZERO wedding experience? I didn't see that one coming. But you know what's funny? I didn't even hesitate when I gave my answer. Even though I was scared out of my mind, I just had to try it. {Plus, a wise person once told me that doing things that scare the crap outta you is the only true way to grow.} The bride told me she had complete faith in me and my skill and that she knew her day would be in good hands. I was very touched and honored.

The months leading up to the big day went by SO FAST. About a week before, the nerves started to really kick in. I seriously started to doubt if I could even do it. What if I messed up? What if my camera AND my backup camera died? What if I didn't know what to do? I had so many what if's. There are no do-overs in this type of photography {something I was not used to.} Whoa. Serious pressure.

The day finally came. I hopped on a bus toward Chicago. {Did I forget to mention my first EVER wedding took place in the awesome city of Chicago?!} I actually only took the bus to Milwaukee, where I met up with my fabulous sister-in-law and we drove the rest of the way together. She was amazing at keeping my nerves at bay. Plus, somewhere down the line she got recruited to be my second-shooter. Huge relief for me knowing I had someone to help!! {Thanks again, Ashlee. You rocked the job.}

I was very fortunate enough to be invited to the rehearsal and dinner that evening {the bride and groom are friends with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law so I sorta had an 'in'.} I saw the layout of the chapel, met all the family, and got all lovey-dovey inside...I LOVE WEDDINGS. And I seem to cry at every.single.one I attend. {Even this one...shhhh don't tell anyone.} I went to bed that night nervous as heck, but semi-confident I could do it.

The day came! It was finally here! The nerves were gone...I KNEW I could do this. I was going to capture a very special day for two very special people. It was going to be awesome.

I'll skip the play-by-play of the day, but know it was a truly AMAZING experience for me. Wedding photography is hard work. Much harder than I realized. There were a few bumps in the road that day {major rain storm came through being the biggest one} and I had blisters on my feet {I swear I wore comfy shoes.} BUT I DID IT. I accomplished this huge goal of mine and I don't think I've ever felt so proud of myself. When I was 'off the clock' I got to stay and hang out {another perk!} Yes, there was wine and dancing. Yes, I was tearing up during the last big group dance to Piano Man. And yes, we had awesome pizza after we left the dance. It was one of the best days ever on my photography journey so far. Looking at all the photos I took, I still can't believe I did them. Me. A just-starting-out-family-photographer-from-Minnesota-shooting-with-a-Nikon-D40. Crazy, right?! This should prove to anyone starting out that it DOES NOT MATTER what camera you are shooting with, as long as you know how to use it. Skills first, fancy equipment later. :)

Ok! Photo time!

It was hard to pick my favorites, so this might get a little {ok, A LOT} photo-heavy. This couple made it so easy for me to do my job. Every part of their wedding was beautiful {they even chose to not see each other until she walked down the aisle. Awww!} I wish nothing but the best for them as they start off their married life together.

Thanks, Tim and Sara...thank you for everything. <3

Picture xoxo,

Ally