8am, and it's still not light yet. My September 27th bride and groom Monica and Chris are en route to Serenbe Farms and, you guessed
it's still not light yet. Not to mention, the thermometer on my car is reading the surrounding air at about 20 degrees... which I would say was about accurate.
If the early rising, the cold air or the travel had played any part in deterring us from moving forward and shooting that morning, it would have been a crying shame. It's likely that I say it quite a bit, but it's certain that I mean it with everything I have: I am SO glad my couples are up for anything!
It isn't often I have a chance to shoot as the morning light is rising. Typically, my rule of thumb for shooting is to get out there and shoot within the first 2 hours after the sun rises and the last 2 hours before it sets completely. And let's face it, no one (at least I speak for myself) is a morning person. But, for that once in a while session that does take place before the sun has greeted the world, I find it is totally and completely worth that extra cup of early morning coffee.
Monica and Chris came to me a few months ago as Rock and I were planning our own wedding. We had just gotten engaged and had decided at that point that we'd like to be married in the fall of 2014, but did not yet know what date. Turns out, we'll be married 3 weeks prior to these two, and I'll be thrilled to pass the baton on to them and witness them say their vows a few weeks later. We haven't known each other long, but I have picked up on a few things over the course of the last couple of months and during their engagement session:
1. They are incredibly professional.
2. They are both equally involved in planning their wedding.
3. They are madly in love.
4. Monica hates being cold.
5. Chris loves to keep her warm.
6. They love to laugh and have fun!
7. Monica sometimes forgets the screw-top for the thermos.
8. Chris has a tendency to then spill it on his shoes.
Chris: [picks up coffee thermos; spills on shoes]. "Monica, did you FORGET to screw the top of the thermos on!?!"
Monica: [giggles]. "Sorryyy!"
Chris: [sighs; laughs; shakes head].
Photographer laughs and photographs coffee that is
already frozen on the sides of the thermos. Sometimes I think early mornings have a tendency to mess with our heads. But I will say, you'd had to have been there. Hilarious.
Moving forward, we started out at Serenbe (a location of the bride's choice!) just as the sun had peeked over the horizon. We began walking to where we would start shooting and took an immediate detour to an open field where the orange-toned sun was peering through the winter trees. AH! To be a photographer and see the potential in such a random spot to create a beautiful, watercolored backdrop for our sweet couple... then again, at Serenbe, it's really not all too difficult. So, between the location and the sunrise, and our cozied up bride and groom, I can't really give myself much credit there! :o) Walking around that morning, I forgot how early it was, the windchill, and even the fact that I was toting a 30 lb pack on my back. Monica and Chris were so entertaining and the perfect couple to not only withstand the chilly morning, but embrace it and make it their own. Chris made sure there wasn't a moment where he didn't have his arms around her or his hand leading her by the small of her back. A gentleman in every sense of the word. Monica was just about as happy as she could be, and their mutual disposition as increasingly light as the sun that was continuing to rise behind them.
All in all, it was a beautiful morning. Take a stroll through our time that morning at Serenbe Farms, and make sure to stay posted to ABH Fine Photography for this sweet couple's September 27th wedding at TPC Sugarloaf Country Club! As always, f
eel free to leave some love!
Allison B. Harrison