On October 4, 2008, I had the pleasure to photograph Polly and Tommy’s wedding. Unlike other weddings, this was a big deal for me, I was to shoot this wedding alone. Margaret had a prior commitment and was only able to document the bride getting ready and part of the ceremony. The day sounded simple enough, I was to arrive at the church in at the middle of the ceremony to switch with Margaret , from there I would proceed to the reception venue which was the Golden Court Abalone Restaurant in Highway 7. No creatives or wedding party photos were required which was a little load off seeing it was somewhat my first time being the lead photographer. Now, although it sounded simple, I learned a lot from this wedding. I learned that having the right gear and being prepared for just about anything is absolutely necessary, being able to build a rapport with the couple quickly was a huge asset, of course, Polly and Tommy were very laid back so that made it easy too. Lastly, I a new found appreciation for wedding photographers who can cover a wedding all on their own without the help of a second shooter or assistant. I found myself all over the place, sure a wedding is usually a buffet of photo opportunities for the photographer but there was just so much going on and so much that needed to be done! I found myself running back and fourth between the couple, the couple’s parents, details photos, candids, ring shots you name it! I barely ate my dinner because I was constantly shooting! Although I was exhausted I recall walking away with a sense of accomplishment, excitement and I genuinely had fun. I remember not sleeping that night because I went through and processed all the photos. Enjoy…Although I said there wasn’t any scheduled time for creatives, I thought it would be nice for Polly and Tommy to have some photos of just the two of them. At various periods of the day, I took them aside for some “creatives”. It gave me the chance to work with them and try some things on my own. They were so cool about it and trusted me every step of the way.Now, I mentioned something about being prepared. Those who know me know that I am an advocate of carrying light when it comes to camera equipment. I just want one bag that I can carry with me everywhere without losing mobility. Despite this, for just about every wedding, I bring all the gear that I own because you just never ever know. Case and point, after the ceremony, I knew Polly and Tommy wanted friends and family photos at the alter which was easy enough, no family surpassed 6 individuals. Until the final group shot they requested. There were over 50 people in the photo who maxed out on alter space! What to do what to do?!?! Thankfully, I brought my 5D which is a full frame camera along with my ultra wide angle 17-40mm lens *phew* . Without this combination, I would not have been able to get this shot. Sometimes I think about selling the lens because it simply does not see much use, but all I need to do is look at this shot as a reminder for those just in case situations.