Kat + Jon (Part 2)

As I mentioned in the previous blog post, Kat and Jon split their wedding into two parts, where the ceremony and reception took place between two days. This post will highlight the reception portion of their wedding.

I've been to the Graduate several times to take pictures at the venue, but this was my most memorable visit there as Kat and Jon's wedding reception was taking place at the same time as a BBQ, Bourbon and Blues Festival and a Georgia football game. There were a lot of moving parts to keep in mind that day, and it took all my energy to stay focused.

Despite having many challenges ahead of me, I tackled this coverage solo mostly using one camera body (Nikon D700), one lens (50mm f/1.4), one strobe light (AB800) and a single external flash (SB700). Although I brought most of my gear, I chose to keep it simple and use the least amount of equipment possible to avoid worrying about spending time swapping camera bodies, lenses and lighting (I will post something about gear soon so stay tuned for that).

Hopefully the pictures will show that you don't have to have the latest camera bodies or lenses to capture a wedding. Lately I have been wondering about switching camera systems or buying a new camera body, but the more I think about it, the less appealing it becomes when you consider the time and money I have invested in learning to use what I have.

Anyway, enough about the technical side of things. I will ramble on about it later.

Since their wedding was decorated with the 1920's decade in mind, I chose to upload most of the pictures in black and white. I think it's very fitting considering the time-period theme, but if you feel like I should incorporate more of the color files, comment below to express your opinions.

Kat + Jon

I've known Kat for almost 5 years now, and when she asked me to take her wedding pictures, there was no doubt in my mind that it would be a blast to be a part of. We've been on trips going kayaking, riding rollercoasters at Six Flags, and just straight up getting into shenanigans anytime we could so I knew that whoever she was going to marry was in for a wild ride.

I got introduced to Jon a few years back, and I could instantly see that they were crazy for each other. You know a relationship is going to last when someone has already had children with a previous partner but you accept their kids as your own, and that's exactly how Kat felt with Jon's girls.

Kat came to me with this idea that they were going to split their ceremony and reception into two days, and I thought it was very unconventional and strange, but it's actually kind of genius. I highly recommend doing this if you can. The main reason why she wanted to do this was because their 4 year anniversary is today, so they wanted to celebrate it by getting married on the same day (so sweet).

The pictures below are the first part of their wedding set where they got married at Ben Burton Park, and tomorrow I will be uploading part of the reception coverage from The Graduate.