elegant grand rapids spring wedding.

"There's a snow storm in Denver and our photographer didn't get out. Can we chat when you're up?"

That text came onto my phone at about 6:30am on a Saturday morning a few weeks ago.  Ian and I had arrived in Grand Rapids for the weekend; I was planning to act as a second shooter for this wedding while he was going to go to a 50th birthday party for his uncle--all in all, it was a pretty low key weekend for us....until that snow storm got involved.  Basically, Claire's photographer was booked on a couple of flights, but due to pilot troubles and then a storm, he was stranded in Denver, while his bride was in Michigan.  After a few hurried phone calls to the bride, it was all settled--Ian and I would shoot the wedding and hope for the best.   Now,  second shooting is totally different than primary shooting.  When I primary shoot a wedding I spend loads of time in the weeks leading up to the big day getting to know the couple--talking to them about their ideal wedding photography, getting a sense of any family dynamics to be sensitive of, going through the shot list, laying out all my equipment to make sure I've got the right lenses for the day.  Second shooting a wedding, I can kind of just show up, take some rad candid shots, capture a few of the details and be on my merry way.  This total change of events forced me to play catch up really, really quickly.  And in the end, it was actually a really cool challenge, for both me and for Ian.  Also, luckily, Claire and Darren were both overly understanding.  Claire was totally laid back and totally calm about the entire situation.  She was, obviously, much more interested in having an awesome party with her friends and family than stressing about the details.  This made my job (and Ian's) so much easier.  We walked away from this wedding with a few things: 1) some totally rad photos 2) a super fun night of photography and 3) a great experience of working together in a new situation  This is a great example of how the couple can either make it or break it--in this case, Claire and Darren totally made it.  They were sweet, sensitive to our situation, willing to be flexible on their timeline and, most importantly, focused on keeping their love at forefront of the day.  Thank you so much, Claire and Darren for this awesome experience!

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Dress: Bagdley Mischka Floral: Gail Vander Laan Catering: Martha's Catering Band: Juiceboxx Venue: The Cheney Place Church: St. Stephen's Catholic Church