Weddings are known to be a tough gig in the world of photography/videography. Wedding snafus are legendary, as are the tales about dead camera batteries malfunctioning equipment, and memory cards that fail.

It’s a lot of responsibility to be the guy/girl who is assigned to capture one of life’s most important and memorable events. The level of stress can be off the charts. And I recently learned, so can the rewards.

To be honest, I’m not sure why I accepted the gig, given my policy of “No Weddings”. Likely it was Kate and Matt. You would be hard pressed to find a more likeable couple. And so, I signed on.

It was a May afternoon, and the weather was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky. The nuptials were exchanged in Westlake Village California, and the reception was held in Malibu.

The stage was set, and I was ready. I had set up three cameras for the ceremony; two were on tripods, capturing the vows, and the third camera was on a monopod, which allowed me to move around, covering all facets of the ceremony.

The reception was a traditional affair; the greeting of family and friends, the first dance, toasts, cake cutting and the bouquet/garter toss. The evening was anything but ordinary; it was wonderfully memorable.

I felt privileged to have been a part of this momentous occasion, and to be selected to be the bride & groom’s videographer. I’m also looking forward to the editing process, where I can use my skills to combine music and footage together, that will inevitably create a lasting treasure for the families to enjoy throughout the years.

It looks like weddings are in my future after all. Never say never!