"He doesn't call the qualified"- Kerns Wedding
“He doesn’t call the qualified,
He qualifies the called.”
I tried to remember this as I shot my first wedding.
There were times my camera wouldn’t work (due operator error, no doubt).
There were times when I knew the shutter and the aperture were off but didn’t know how to fix them quickly enough.
There were times when I should have lead more.
It took showing up to learn these things though and it was an incredible experience to participate in.
I arrived at about 6:15 am to get my bearings and enjoy the quiet of the morning. I knew that this day had been coming for months, but it was finally here and I was still in a state of shock. When requested for a project I’m not sure I can nail, I refer it to someone who can. That was exactly what I did here, but the bride, Kimberlee, persisted. I would be lying to say I wasn’t intrigued by a wedding at the Pete French Round Barn and honored to be asked. Besides, Kimberlee didn’t want “typical” wedding photos and mainstream isn’t really my thing.
A pair and a bull grazing just outside the fence on Barton Lake seemed to be a perfect addition to the day. A beautiful sunrise was emerging over the east side of the Steens, making the promise of a special morning. I spoke with the mother of the groom, Mary Kerns. She was the first person I met from the group, even before Kimberlee. Her kindness and warmth was replicated in each person I met.
After the ceremony, I was invited back to home of the grooms' parents with the rest of the wedding party. Mary had fixed a wonderful breakfast, which we ate surrounded by art and books, family and fond memories.