A Story of the Perfect Imperfect Wedding

A Story of the Perfectly Imperfect Wedding

On the morning of October 3rd, 2015 set up had begun on a beautiful Kiawah Island wedding, a year in the making, the perfect wedding, the wedding our bride Molly had dreamt of since she was a little girl.

October 3rd was also the date of an extratropical storm that triggered a high precipitation event, causing catastrophic historic flash flooding across South Carolina.

I was prepping to make the trip down to Charleston, I was to create a Super8 wedding film, when I left Charlotte it was raining pretty hard, by the time I got near Charleston it was a torrential and constant gulley washer, shortly after getting into Charleston I received a call from Margaret the wedding planner, ‘The weddings been called off due to flooding”. Disappointed I turned around and headed back to Charlotte. Just before getting into Charlotte another call, “We’re going to have another shot at the wedding on Sunday, there’s a 3-hour window during low tide we can have the wedding, it’s up to you if you don’t feel comfortable we fully understand”. 

The thought of putting myself into a potentially very dangerous situation and shooting a Super8 film sounded wonderful.

At this point the Molly and Paul had a choice to make, their dream wedding, the most important day of their lives was no more, some would have had a meltdown because their big day that cost $$$$ was ruined, just stepping out from under cover for just a few seconds left you soaked to the skin, no food for the guests, kudos to the incredible Kiawah staff who put together huge bowls of salads and soup with ingredients purchased from Piggly Wiggly and the band braved the storm.

Molly and Paul decided to embrace the day,  focusing on the most important element of their wedding, saying their vows and celebrating by those they love the most. 

Everyone had an incredible time, the best of times, perhaps because and not in spite of their perfectly imperfect wedding.

Enjoy Molly & Paul’s wedding day as seen through the lens of my vintage Super8 camera…….

Kudos to:

Kiawah Island


sloan & mike - Charlotte Wedding

I must admit to getting very attached to Sloan and Mike, we just seemed to click {pun intended} It poured with rain pretty much the entire day and they didn’t give a toss, they did what all couples should be doing, celebrating their wedding day with the ones they love and having a bloody amazing time doing it. My hope as always is that you’ll not only see what their wedding looked like but what it felt like to be there too….. 

venue: LaCa Projects

flowers: Bookout Blooms

hair and Make up: Meghann Cenci Baugh

Wedding Day Large Format Portraits

There is something unique and magical about a large format portraits on wedding day , the combination of an antique lens and film makes for a portrait that suggests another era but that’s not the only thing that makes it special. The medium in itself makes it impossible for spontaneity, because of the razor thin depth of field the subjects cannot move even a hairs breadth.

The people are placed, focus is made, shutter locked, film holder goes in, dark slide out, finger on the shutter release, now the magic begins, I’m not looking though a viewfinder, I’m engaging my subject, they’re looking at me,  I’m looking at them, one word from me, the right word, thwack, shutter tripped, voila, an honest and pure portrait made.

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Tech specs:

Late 1950’s Graphlex Speed Graphic 4×5

Plaubel Anticomar 2.9/150 mm Lens, circa 1930’s

Ilford HP-5 film

Using Format