Musings on having the right tools for this Campus Club wedding

Cari and Mike and their guests enjoyed one of the finest spring days Minneapolis had to offer: warm golden sunlight on the patio of the Campus Club overlooking the Minneapolis skyline; humidity breaking into warm rain right as everyone moved inside for the reception; the resulting heat lighting and raindrops that became part of the stunning panorama; happy, laughing friends alongside them at the Stone Arch Bridge, at Cari’s family church, for toasts, and for dancing.

Yes, their wedding could have been perfect in dozens of other ways – with no rain, with cooler temperatures, with overcast skies, with less enthusiastic speeches. As long as Cari and Mike were there,  as long as their happy, laughing friends were alongside them, it was guaranteed to be a very fine day regardless.

I was thrilled to be recommended (thanks, John!) as their photographer, but I was even more thrilled to be there to document the culmination of so much planning and time and love.

Photography notes: Technical tools (like flash composites or night portraits) are never, for me, a success unto itself. They can only ever hope to be the right tool to express a feeling, a moment, that already exists. In short – never let your love of a concept be more important than making good photographs. The intermittent evening rain meant the skyline was saturated for night photos outside on the patio (gelled light here means more blue skies). Conversely, the intense sun during the day lent itself to some intense use of strobes for flash composites and to balance the bright cityscape from the stone arch bridge.

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Reception: Campus Club

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