Confession: Mick is a long-time friend of mine. Sure we generally make friends with our clients, but the pressure of being friends with one of them before you ever even became a photographer puts an added pressure on us to perform. See, Mick always knew me as a musician, not a photographer. Luckily, he and Becca felt they could trust Jo and I to do a fantastic job with their wedding day photography, musicianship not withstanding! So it was with a great nervous energy that we showed up at the lovely Val Vista Lakes in Gilbert, AZ to document (what was sure to be) a fun wedding!
Along for the ride that day was our friend Dusty Wooddell, a great up and coming wedding photographer that we asked to come along with us and shoot 3rd camera. Dusty did a remarkable job, and we will be delivering tons of his images to the clients. I dropped JoAnne off at the venue, and I raced down the highway to meet up with Mick and his boys where they were getting ready (which happened to be a garage full of motorcycles and beer). I pulled up, jumped out and saw a row of V-twin Harley Davidson muscle and knew that we were going to have to do some killer action shots on the bikes, and these guys (tuxes and all) were more than game!
Back at the venue, JoAnne and Dusty were busy capturing Becca and her girls getting ready, and photographing all of the fun details respectively. With plenty of Harley-themed accessories, and a beautiful lake-side location, this wedding was really different! For you brides out there, take this as a great lesson in in making something your own yet still classy. You don’t have to follow all tradition, just have fun with it and you’ll have a great day.
Mick and Becca are two really fantastic people, and you can always tell how great a bride and groom are by how great their friends and family are. The entire wedding was full of great people having a fun time, and we were treated as part of the family all night long. Best of luck to you both, and Mick: I’ve known you since around 2001, and I really look forward to seeing where life takes you in another ten years.