wedding! marilee & andrew’s theatrical extravaganza at the odc theater

Oooooh my goodness. Here you go. A little over two weeks ago, I photographed one hell of a wedding. You can tell just by looking at these photos that it was awesome, but I’ll fill you in on a few details — this wedding was an “opening night gala” performance of “The Wedding Play,” starring two friends of the couple who played them and told their love story, from their childhood dreams of their future mates, to their eventual meeting, to their engagement and wedding planning. Then Andrew entered from the sky in a rocketship, met by his groomsmen, and Marilee followed her bridesmaids down the stairs in a 600-square-feet red veil that came apart to become the backdrop and chuppah. It was spectacular. After the ceremony, the bride, groom, their parents, and the wedding party broke it down in en epic dance number. Later: an aerial first dance, a taiko drum performance (in which Marilee and her mom both participated), and a whole lot of dancing.

A lot of folks worked hard to make this wedding so spectacular, and unfortunately I can only credit a few of them. The wedding planner and coordinator was Cierra of Dreams on a Dime Events & Weddings; the super-cool photobooth was provided by Photoboof!; and as I mentioned in my previous post about this wedding, I was privileged to share photographic responsibilities with Danny Nicoletta. John Hally took video (I would love to see that!), but I can’t find his website. There was also a taco truck, some delicious passed hors d’oeuvres, a well-stocked bar, and ice cream sandwiches instead of cake. And, of course, awesome lighting and sound designers, stage managers, a DJ, and those aerialists you can see climbing scaffolding off to the side of the stage in one or two of the aerial dance photos. Yup.

On a personal note: I wrote a post about some of the stuff I learned from shooting this wedding a couple of days after it happened (there’s some photos there that aren’t reproduced here, by the way), but I’ve gotta say I learned a lot from editing these photos, too. One big thing I learned is that my Canon 5D Mark II really is worth the money I spent on it — I mean, I had a hunch it would be, but when I compare those photos to photos from my T2i, wow! The noise at high ISO settings is much less noticeable and the autofocus is faster and crisper. I’m convinced. Yum.

The next wedding on my schedule is mine(!), in June, but I can’t wait to photograph more of these celebrations. Hit me up for a special deal if you’re getting married in the next couple of months! For real! I’m there!