Wedding Photographer as Guest : Mary & Rich’s nuptials

I had the privilege of celebrating my first wedding of 2015 as a guest. My beautiful cousin Mary, and her wonderful groom, Rich, tied the knot in Melbourne, Florida! 

I have to say, it was a different experience than I am used to. I started the day watching my nephew play shortstop, rather than photographing the couple get ready. Then I helped my niece and nephew get cleaned up, I myself put on heels(!) and I first saw Mary as she walked down the aisle. 

I took a seat on the end with the thought that I could get up and move if I wanted to, but after seeing the 2 photographers with their 3 cameras, and the videographer with his 4 cameras, I felt safe shooting from my seat. If I hadn’t brought my camera, I would have felt naked… but I was a good girl and didn’t get in the way of the hired pros. 

Rather than photograph every bridesmaid, groomsman and guest, I just focused on my family. From my seat I had a great view of my aunt and her reaction, my sister-in-law: a bridesmaid, and a great view of Rich for the vows. 

At the reception, instead of walking in and setting up lights, I signed the guestbook and found the bar. For fun, I took a few shots of the cake with my cell phone! I let the pros handle the introductions, but I took advantage of my seat near the dance floor for the formal dances. I thoroughly enjoyed watching these two, as the joy was written all over their faces with every move. 

Before kicking off my heels to dance the night away, I got this wonderful series with my husband and nephew. He can be a tough one to get a smile out of, but it was worth it! 

After putting the camera down, I don’t remember much… except dancing with my amazing family and driving home in the rain. It was a short trip to Florida, but so worth it to be with the amazing Mary and Rich on their special day! Love you guys!


We have this photo of me with my 2 cousins from the last 4 weddings! Gotta love tradition!

We have this photo of me with my 2 cousins from the last 4 weddings! Gotta love tradition!

Lori Coleman

The daughter of filmmakers, Lori may have been predestined for a life in the creative world. She met her husband, John, while studying photography at RIT. When not creating heirlooms for her friends, family, and clients, she can usually be found in the woods or on a yoga mat. Either way, her dogs Molley and Mouse are never far away.