For the second time in my life, I had the singularly disorienting (and wonderful) experience of being both a member of the wedding party and the photographer. This is a bit more feasible at LDS weddings like this one - no procession down the aisle to capture. The ceremony is private and happens in the temple, where photography is not a thing.
The couple consists of two friends of mine - a special treat, rather than belonging to one side of the aisle, only. Chris & Victoria were part of a mutual group of friends that spent a lot of time together, and it was fun to get to watch them gradually pair off and realize that they never wanted to stop being friends.
Since there is not photography inside the temple, Victoria wanted to find another way to have a "first look" picture. He didn't like being out of the loop, but Chris behaved and never saw the dress until he was given the ok the day of. We stopped by at the temple early so she could get changed and come out to met him.
After the ceremony, we got the usual round of photos - them on their way out to meet the family, group shots, just the couple. Anywhere I managed to appear is thanks to the investment I made in buying a remote trigger I hid in my hand and the tripod I dragged along.
(Photographer's aside: I don't know why, but I really love the above shot best cross-processed.)
After we were done down at the Houston temple, we drove ALL THE WAY back to Austin for a backyard reception. Their guestbook idea was really adorable - they used engagement shots to make puzzles that guests were asked to sign for the couple as a keepsake.
All in all, adorable. And at the end, everyone played with FIRE!
And just an ending shout-out to the groomsmen who help hold my stuff and round people up. It's rough shooting a wedding in heels and a skirt, let me tell you...