A very warm congratulations to Keiwana and Chris, who were married this past October at the Waterworks in Philadelphia. They are a relaxed and beautiful couple, and I was happy to be able to work with them at a classic venue. I only had one short hour with them, but it was a great hour.
Keiwana and Chris both were the kind of people who just sort of melted into the camera. I love it when I’m trying to think of something, and I say, “Maybe how about just sort of like…” trying to use syllables to buy myself a bit more time, and all of a sudden, his or her head tilts just the right way, and their lips curl up into just THE right smile, and I get to take the picture and look as if I’m the one who knows what I’m doing.
The Waterworks is like that as a venue, as well. There is a very good reason that it is perpetually clogged with photographers…it has so many interesting lines and details that it is difficult to use it as a backdrop in any way and get something that is unattractive. It plays super-well with light, and is an incredibly diverse setting. It’s such a good setting that I’ve seen it used as a venue in professional training videos.
True to the name of the venue, the waterworks were certainly turned on before, during, and after the ceremony. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: crying brides are awesome. Being surrounded by crying family members makes it all that much better. Once things get loosened up with a little bit of tears at the ceremony, the outpouring of emotions during the dinner and toasts seems so much freer.
And a big thank you again to Stacy Litz of Liberty Weddings for classy, thoughtful, no-nonsense officiating. Please look her up.