On Saturday I shot my very first (and probably last) wedding. I know I swore I would never do it in a million years, but this was really a perfect storm of circumstances coming together.
First, the person asking bent over backwards to assure me that there would be no pressure and for the most part I really did not feel any. It also helped that I think she truly understood some things about my personality and wasn't going to run over me with a dominant will or push me into uncomfortable situations. The next part that made it an easy decision was that I was going as a third photographer. She and her partner work together all the time and usually they get all the shots they need between the two of them. I wasn't going to mess anything up by not getting "the shot." Finally she asked me to focus on the wedding details and that is something that I am interested in photographing. It was a good opportunity for me to see if I could do it. I gave her my media card so I haven't really looked at the photos yet, but I think I got some things I will be happy with.
The wedding itself was lovely. Not a large wedding, beautiful bride, lovely details and the reception was at the Magnolia Ballroom, a place I've always wanted to see from the inside. And to top it all off it was a Scottish wedding so there were men in kilts, some wonderful accents sprinkled among some of the guests and at one point the bagpipe players showed up to a rousing cheer and of course merry dancing soon followed. I had minimal interaction with the bridal party and that was probably for the best because people make me nervous. I thought I had gotten better at interacting with strangers, but I still have a long way to go. All in all I'm glad that I took this opportunity and tried something out of my comfort zone. It's so unlike me!