I should start by saying that Eric and Sarah here are friends of mine. Eric is an incredibly talented playwright that I've gotten the good fortune to know through the NYC indie theater scene (I'm also an actor. Maybe you didn't know that, that's ok) and I met Sarah once Eric has cast her in one of his shows. She's a super talented actress and an all-around quirky, good-hearted, funny and genuine person. When they asked me to photograph their wedding in Cataloochee, North Carolina I was incredibly honored and crazy stoked. Knowing them, I knew that their wedding would be wonderful to shoot AND I would get to do it in a gorgeous part of the country that I'd never been to before. That's what they call a WIN-WIN, people.
Everything about this place charmed the socks off of me. The Balsam Mountain Inn, where most of us stayed and they both got ready, is pretty much the most adorable place ever. And the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is, in a word, awesome. And Sarah's family has a deep history with the area...I mean, she got baptized right there at the Palmer Chapel in the middle of Cataloochee when she was a kid. How great is that?
Going in I knew that this was going to be a fun event filled with lots of people that I know and love, but what I didn't count on was this; I was just flat-out moved by the whole weekend. These two people just couldn't be more right for each other and that came through in every aspect of their day. There was a palpable happiness in the air. Everyone gathered was so genuinely excited for them that it made me, well...I guess I'll say "thankful". Thankful that I get to do this for a living, to be there during one of the happiest moments in people's lives, but most of all thankful that I get to recognize it in my own life. I'm lucky enough to have been with my wife Morgan for a long time; and every wedding I shoot I feel like I can see a bit of my own experience within my clients'. Sure, it's just one day, but it's an important one. And I think the more you can recognize and learn something about yourself through other people, the better off you are as a person.
So that's my rant. And I bet you just wanted to look at some pictures.