On the Tuesday before Taylor and Joe’s Graystone Presbyterian wedding, I started feeling off. I went on a jog and noticed I used my inhaler 5 times, and it didn’t seem to help open my chest at all. By the time Wednesday rolled around, I decided to make an appointment at the Urgent Care because I was really starting to feel bad, and I knew I had the wedding that weekend. I tested for Covid before I went to that appointment, and it came back negative. Instead of testing me for the flu or RSV, they put me on an antibiotic to prevent pneumonia and a steroid to help my chest loosen up. I spent the rest of Wednesday and all day Thursday in bed with scorching high fevers, vomiting, and severe aches. I was constantly praying through tears running down my face begging God to take whatever sickness it was away because there was no physical way I could photograph a wedding in that condition. I canceled the preview party I had scheduled for Thursday night, and I rescheduled my Friday portrait session. On Friday, Dustin, Hazel, and Evelyn were down with this sickness. So, I started looking for someone to shoot Saturday’s wedding for me, and once I found Alaina, I called Taylor to tell her the bad news. I have only ever done this one other time in my career, and it was when I had my vertigo scare back in April. Alaina stepped in for me then as well. In 13 years of shooting weddings, I’ve never been so sick that it prevented me from shooting a wedding, but in 2023, it has happened twice. What in the world?!?! There is always something to be learned through hard things like this, and in this case, I think it’s important to know just how crucial it is to have a community you support and who support you. To view my fellow photographers as co-workers instead of competition is a total game changer. To be able to ask them for help and have someone step up for me in a critical time of need is also a game changer. Especially on Taylor and Joe’s Graystone Presbyterian wedding day. My original second shooter for the day was Andrea, and she also stepped up by staying longer than she was scheduled to and bringing both memory cards to my house afterwards. I cannot thank these ladies enough for loving my couple well on their wedding day. Being there for them to keep the day rolling and photographing it so beautifully.
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Vendors used by Taylor & Joe:
Associate Photographer: Alaina René Photography
Assistant Photographer: AC Goodman Photography
Ceremony: Graystone Presbyterian Church
Reception: UT Conference Center
DJ: Party Boys
Makeup: RLV Beauty
Hair: Claudia Nicole Hair
Wedding Dress: White Lace and Promises
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
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