Have you ever seen the movie "Catch Me If You Can", starring Leonardo DeCaprio? In this flick, Leo's character, Frank Abagnale Jr., is a major con-artist and pretends to be a pilot, lawyer and even a doctor. And everyone believes him, because he acts with such confidence.
On Saturday, I got to act the part as Loriloo's assistant photographer.
The day before, I searched the mall endlessly for some comfy black flats--but alas, they only came in sizes 6 or 8, nothing in beween. So I had to settle for some black converse sneakers. My sister Lindsay thought I looked like Johnny Knoxville, so we fancied them up with some satin ribbon.
Before I left for the wedding, I had a little case of the jitters, mainly because I had NO idea what to expect--like the first day of a new job. I told myself to act confidently, just like Frank Abagnale. These people had no idea it was my first wedding. And sure enough, it wasn't long before members of the wedding party were grabbing my arm, requesting this picture or that. "Sure", I smiled. Click. Click. Tee hee. They so think I'm pro:)
When I first arrived at the church though, things were a little crazy because the bride was stressed over her dress tearing, and the fact that some stranger just crashed a car into her parent's house. The bride needed hot coffee and fast. In a 100 degree weather? I was not going to argue with the bride. So my first task was Starbucks duty.
I can handle that. Right up my ally.
My second task was to get some shots of their fabulous feather-clad flowers. Can you believe those roses were real? Drool.
Before long, we were driving to an off-site location for photos. I scurried back and forth, grabbing lenses from the car, and attempting to help Lorie in whatever way I could. She was absolutely amazing to watch in action. This was a kind of wild crowd...a tattoo branded, skull lovin' bunch...
And Lorie whipped them into shape with her pinky finger. She was 100% in charge. She could have handled them with one eye tied behind her back;)
My favorite task of the day was hiding in the elevator, holding the door open, while Lorie took some fast shots of the couple smooching as the doors were closing. "Don't mind me", I snickered to the couple,"I'm not even here!". It was quite hilarious. I felt like Buster from Arrested Development.
And when Lorie didn't need me in the elevator, I snapped a few shots of my own.
On our down time, Lorie and I horsed around with our cameras, shamelessly snapping goofy shots of ourselves, as is our custom.
Or I stalked one of my favorite bridesmaids. She had quite the "stamp" collection:)
The actual ceremony was held in an old church and the lighting...oh my...was dismal at best. And gharish at worst. Afterwards, Lorie whisked the couple off to a playground for some fun casual shots. A breath of fresh air, I tell you!
I took a few other playground shots I wish I could show you, but they are at Lorie's house.
The reception was also pretty entertaining. We got to wear some party-favor tattoos. Here is a picture that Mr. superfun DJ(who also happens to be a drummer) took of us.
Thanks so much Lorie, for letting me be your sidekick!!! It was such an incredible experience!