When I first worked with Carley and Adam on their springtime engagement shoot, I was already looking forward to the wedding. Not only is the couple seriously photogenic and super nice, but they chose a dream team of vendors with whom I always enjoy working. Who knew that I’d be working with quite a few more of my friends by the end of that wedding day …
I arrived at Pen Ryn two hours early to scout out some new and interesting spots for portraits. I had been to that venue before, but was excited by some of the new locations I had found. I met up with the bride as scheduled and began working on some details shots while Carley was getting dressed. And that’s when it happened — I fell and broke not only my right ankle, but my right foot as well. While the injury couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time — during the lead-up to a client’s wedding — I couldn’t have been in better company. Not only are Carley and Adam both doctors, but their parents include three doctors and a nurse. I knew I was in good hands. We wrapped up my foot and I kept shooting.
My great friend Pete Malone was on hand as the videographer, and in addition to carrying his equipment and capturing Carley and Adam’s day, he carried me — piggyback style — from location to location so that I could work with my second shooter Mike Landis to photograph the couple’s reveal and portraits. Talk about a videographer that goes above and beyond!
In the meantime, within about a half hour of my injury, Joy Moody arrived with equipment in hand (straight from the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship in Manayunk where she had been enjoying a well deserved day off) to help with the shoot. Wedding planner Erin Proud’s assistant Lisa was on the phone during this time as well calling some of my other photographer colleagues. When all was said and done, we probably had about five photographers ready to show up to help (hey there, brides — don’t be getting any ideas about sneakily sawing the legs off of chairs or anything like that to have a slew of photographers ready to rush your wedding ). Ultimately, it was Ryan Estes who graciously came to fill in for me. While I stayed at the wedding to make sure everything went as planned, Ryan and Mike took care of the legwork necessary to get the rest of the shots from the day.
I knew I had amassed a great network of colleagues and friends over the years, but I don’t think you can truly know how lucky you are until you’re in a bind and droves of people are there and ready to help you out. I am so thankful to be a part of such a great group and am forever indebted to all of those that came to my aid. Thanks guys!
And not to leave out all of the others that helped make the day, here is a listing of Carley and Adam’s vendors:
Venue – Pen Ryn Mansion
Day of Coordinator & Stationary – Proud to Plan
Make-up – Cheekadee
Entertainment – Synergetic Sounds and Lighting
Florist – Flower Sculpture
Videographer – First Floor Films
Cake – Isgros