One of the things I find to be the most fascinating aspects of wedding photography as a profession is how the relationships with my couples evolve over time. Most clients find me through referral, with first contact being made through email. A meeting usually takes place shortly after where I get to know more about their history and who they are as a couple. As the narrator of their special day, this time together is important in helping me capture their wedding in a way that honors them. In the days and months leading up to their nuptials, I learn more about them through emails, texts, and phone calls. If I am lucky enough to work with them beforehand at an engagement shoot, as was the case with Jon and Justine, I get even more insight into what they like, if they are more playful or more reserved, and what makes them feel confident and comfortable. For Jon and Justine, it was easy to see early on that there wasn’t much they would shy away from when it came to capturing their wedding photography. I already knew from the engagement session that they are incredibly energetic, animated, and not easily deterred (even as it rained on us during their engagement shoot, they wanted to continue and continue we did). Little did I know just how much fun they could be. It was in the weeks leading up to their outdoor wedding at the Harding Allen Estate in Barre, MA that Justine revealed to me all the special details they had planned. My personal favorite was the well choreographed dance to Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” performed by all of Jon’s extended family, which is apparently a time honored tradition upheld by oldest to youngest alike. It did not disappoint and was just one of the many ways that this unique couple made their wedding day true to who they are, and I am beyond grateful they chose me as the photographer to capture it all.