Kathryn and Philip’s wedding kicks off my 2013 wedding season, and what better location could that be than Las Vegas! I have enjoyed coming back to the “wedding capital of the world” every year now since 2007. In fact, it was because of a wedding I photographed in 2011 of Kat and Phil’s friends, here in Vegas, that lead to our introduction! So when I received the email last summer that another couple from Australia were flying half way around the world for their nuptials, I could not have been more excited!
Vegas weddings always give me an opportunity to try different things because they always require a shift in my documentary style. Yes, I do hold true to photographing the story of the day as it naturally unfolds as much as I can. But because it is a destination wedding for the couple and their family and friends that join them, taking a tour of the Vegas Strip is unavoidable. The excitement of the tourists on the Strip, the millions of colorful neon lights, digital signs, and the extravagant architecture of the hotels and casino, mandates the exciting challenge for me to find ways to photograph the wedding party in the midst of this fast-paced, electric city.
The day began with my photographing Phil getting ready in his room at the Venetian Hotel before heading up the Strip to find Kat at the Wynn Las Vegas. I met Kat (by the way, for the first time in person!) getting ready in the Chapel Salon. In her dress when I arrived, I was able to capture a few moments of her putting on her jewelry and her veil. Shortly after the ceremony began, and the couples’ family and close friends witnessed Kat and Phil’s wedding vows. Outside, the weather was perfect, actually a bit warmer than a typical mid-March day in Vegas. The skies were blue, the humidity low, so we headed outside to the adjoining patio where we did some group portraits. Kat looked stunning as you can see in the photos above and below; and Phil was a handsome, “Vegas-cool” groom, in his tieless, pink shirt, fancy cufflinks and sport coat.
After the patio portraits, we headed out to the Strip in a very pink party bus, for a couple of hours of having fun and hitting the famous landmarks. The end results? With the enthusiastic help of Kat, Phil, their family and friends, we were able to create some pretty awesome photos….Vegas style! Enjoy some of my favorites, above and below!