Standing Out On Your Wedding Day

Dec 5 2012 @ 9:55am

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Wedding photographer Matt Mendelsohn vents:

Jesus, as wedding photographers are reminded each week, performed his first miracle at a wedding in Cana. Of course, there’s no photographic evidence. Probably for the best. Had there been a photographer that day in Galilee, the world might today be looking at a picture of a bride and groom posed sexily in some ox cart, lit from behind by a strobe hidden in the hay, holding balloons while drinking wine out of Mason jars and gazing adoringly at each other.

That’s the current state of the art. It’s no longer enough to take wedding pictures that show a bride and groom in love—dancing, whispering during dinner, playing with a nephew or niece. These days, wedding pictures are elaborate, photographer-contrived setups that show the newlyweds kissing in a wheat field (as if it were a natural act to go wheat-harvesting on one’s wedding day) or aboard an old-time fire engine.

Mendelsohn goes on to document his many followups with couples years after their weddings, discovering joy and sadness and a range of surprises, including a husband who comes out of the closet, vilifies the wife and then remarries another woman.

(Photo via TackyWeddings.com)