Kristen D. Ellis
My first wedding had a tornado. I dove into weddings headfirst; sink or swim. I photographed one wedding as fourth photographer, and decided to go for it.
Jordan and Gray were my first official couple. We knew it was going to rain. What little did we know! After the ceremony we photographed their formal. Upon the last bridal party portrait the raindrops came, and we ran inside. Not five minutes after we shut the doors we were in the worst of it.
The rain was crashing against the windows so hard it looked like a waterfall. Once the storm ended we opened the doors. Trees were uprooted and debris was everywhere. Jordan and Gray were amazing and tended to their guests. We still had the entire reception to go. However, the power was out and it was getting dark.
Thankfully, I researched what equipment I needed to be a successful wedding photographer. I bought a video light and it was the only light we had for the evening. Their first dance was to an acoustic guitar, surrounded by friends and family. I had enough light to focus on them, and my flashes did the rest to create their reception photos.
At the end of the night, I was exhausted. I was also exhilarated! This is what I was meant to do.