Shelby and Jim planned one hell of a superhero celebration of love. Their wedding was held at the Belknap Mill in Laconia, New Hampshire, on April 29th. The event was peppered with subtle hints of their superhero theme. The groomsmen sported ties, socks, and cufflinks of various superhero characters - The Hulk, Captain America, and Flash. Jim's details were all Batman themed - including a watch that Shelby gave to him as a wedding present. Shelby's electric blue shoes were quite a statement piece, and the adorable ring bearer wore a cape down the aisle. The flower girls, including Jim's youngest daughter Ava, had superman hair ribbons. The ceremony was held outside, at the gazebo, followed by a reception inside the mill. The wedding cake was fantastic - absolutely Pinterest worthy! Half superhero and half traditional, with a Batman cake topper. During the reception, they held a special father/daughter dance, during which Jim's two daughters, Ava and Mackenzie, danced with him and Shelby's father.
Their celebration was filled with laughter, love, and lots of happy, dancing little kids! At nine hours, this is the longest wedding I have shot to date. And man oh man, the weight of my new kit took a toll on me! I spent most of the time shooting with a D810, Nikon 24-300 3.5, and a Speedlight SB910. With the combined weight of the massive lens and the large flash on top of the camera body, my tiny arms were really feeling the burn. I spent the following two weeks with my right hand in a wrist brace! But I can say with a full and happy heart that this was by far one of the most rewarding experiences I've had as a photographer as yet. Having shot Shelby's and Jim's engagement photos back in January, I can say that I came to know these two beautiful people, and their two wonderful daughters, fairly well. Photographer/client relationships are one of the most complicated dynamics - the photographer is taken into a couple's life to capture some of their most important and intimate moments. It's a delicate and beautiful process. And with Shelby and Jim, I finally experienced that part of my profession to a greater extent.