Kellie and Shay are a couple of crazy “Aussie’s” that somehow found me on the internet early in 2011 for their October wedding. Booking me over-seas, sight unseen, made me a little nervous, in all honesty, because you never know if personalities are going to mesh. I had a feeling everything would be fine because of a few email exchanges over the months before the wedding, but we finally met in person the night before. After a glass of wine, some basic planning, and a few laughs, I left the meeting ecstatic! I had no idea how fun and happy go lucky this couple would be! Did I say “crazy???” Kellie and Shay brought parents, family and friends all the way from Australia, and they all came to have fun and to celebrate the marriage of this terrific couple!
We began pretty early Monday morning, at the luxurious Wynn Hotel, photographing Kellie and Shay getting ready. They both had rooms with beautiful views: Kellie’s facing the Strip and Shay’s overlooking the palatial pool and golf course. Kellie’s dress was custom made for her by her mother-in-law, and it perfectly complimented Kellie’s energetic, enthusiastic, and spunky personality! By 11:30am, everyone was ready to go and headed down to the Wynn Hotel wedding chapel. Prior to the wedding ceremony, arrangements were made for Kellie and Shay to have a private “first look” which allowed me to capture this emotion-filled couple seeing one other in their wedding attire for the first time.
After the twenty minute-long ceremony, family portraits were photographed, a toast followed, and Kellie and Shay ran through a gauntlet of waving streamers! The fun was only about to begin! Shay rented a limousine to chauffeur us around the Las Vegas Strip for five hours! Our goal was to walk around town without any specific agenda, and have fun photographing whatever came our way! ***DISCLAIMER***: As a photographer who prides himself on documentary style photography, I had no idea what to expect! I have to admit I was nervous! I knew that I would have to be creative and spontaneous, and even willing to do the evil “P” word: “pose” the couple here and there! With any other couple, I am not sure that we would have succeeded as well as we did! Kellie and Shay are such a special couple! Their personalities were fearless, care-free, happy-go-lucky, willing to take chances, animated, and full of life! It took all of that for us to do what we did! I say this because I want any future clients, looking at this blog to realize what it takes to make these kind of photos! It was truly a 50/50 collaboration between the couple and I!