I was very honored to serve as a second shooter for my friend, photographer Amber Marlow, at a beautiful summer wedding at Red Gate Farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts last July for Kate and Marty. Amber's specialty is elopements and weddings in and around New York City, often for the LGBT community, and it's a very special privilege to be able to capture the love and excitement that happens when people are given the legal right to marry whomever they wish.
What I loved the most about this wedding was how down to earth it was. First of all, having a wedding on a working farm naturally means farm animals and practical shoes (white sandles for Kate and blue chucks for Marty), but there also seemed to be no pretenses about what a wedding *should* be. There was no wedding cake for example, and the couple made choices that seemed to perfectly reflect their humor, love and friendships. Their friends served as justice of the peace and DJ, there were giant beer mugs with mustaches on them and at the head table was an illustration of two frogs kissing. There were also plenty of enthusiastic references to their rugby teams and colleges. It was the perfect mix of irreverence and tradition and I really got a sense about who Marty and Kate were and how much love and support surrounded them from family and friends.
What a totally awesome group of people! I had so much fun shooting this wedding. As second shooter, I was focusing mostly on the guests and the details of the wedding. Amber did all the portraits of the couple and her shots of the wedding are incredible. I loved my first experience as a wedding photographer, thank you so much Amber, and I hope I will get the opportunity to shoot another one!
Best of luck to Kate and Marty! If your wedding is any indication, you will have a long and happy life together filled with beautiful people who love you endlessly. Congratulations.