22 January 2012

power outages, wedding & the news!

This past few days have been a little bit nutso. Remember how we had that awesome snowstorm? (the news like called it the "arctic blast" ha ha).  Yah, well as much as I LOVE snow and me and Bennett had a blast playing in it, what I don't like - is when there is so much ice coverage on the trees, that they start falling on power lines and knock out our power for almost 3 days.

Yep. No internet, no TV, no hot meals... etc. Luckily, we my sister-in-law only lives about an hour away and didn't lose power and was so kind as to take us in for a couple of days! Bennett had an awesome time with his cousins, as usual, and we had a warm place to sleep and a happy toddler. Yay!


What else happened? I had a wedding to shoot on Friday! It was quite the wonderful fiasco.
{on my way to the wedding, extremely cold and nervous}

Due to the snow/ice/slush and road blockages, almost all of the bride's vendors cancelled the day of the wedding. The florist, the DJ, the wedding planner, the hair stylist.. it was a complete disaster. I was supposed to meet the bride & groom at our previously agreed upon location for their formal shots, only the location? It was closed. So... we turned around and high tailed it to our backup location, only to find that it was pretty much unusable due to some miscommunication of the hotel to the bride. Ugh. At this point, we were running soooooo behind and basically had no choice but to just go to the venue (that wasn't open yet) and shoot on the outside on the property grounds. Mind you, at this point it was POURING down rain. Like... raining cats & dogs as the saying goes.

So we get to the venue only to find out that the venue had lost power!! Luckily they had back up generators but it wasn't enough power to heat the place so it was freeeeeezing. Okay but back to the photography. My assistant couldn't make it out either, so I was on my own. Bummer.

To our advantage, the snow did make for some amazing photographs, the bride looked stunning despite everything that was going on & I am so happy that I could be there to capture this day for her. Turns out that me & the catering company were the only vendors to actually show up for our jobs.

Here are a couple of shots from the day:


Also? Turns out the KOMO 4 news caught wind of all of this, so they showed up and covered the wedding. Only thing that kind of bugs me about the way they edited this segment, is that they put my voice over a part of a different time of day. You will see me in the video, and hear me say "give me a smile... good job!!"... and it looks like I'm talking to the bride & groom, but really I was saying that to the little kids. Ha ha. Oh well.



Over all, it was an exhausting, crazy & exciting day. I am extremely sore from 9 hours on my feet and running around 28 weeks pregnant like a chicken with my head cut off - but I'm so glad that I was there for them.

The next couple of days are pretty busy as well. I have birthday parties to attend, 2 doctor appointments, a wedding consultation, B&O taxes to complete & Bennett's birthday to get ready for. I will try to post but forgive me if I don't :)

17 comments:

nicole said...

wow. awful for her... but looks like she made the most of it - and those photos are absolutely beautiful. you have talent my friend. 

Tiffany said...

awwww, i know that if it were my wedding I would have been IN LOVE with you when nobody else was coming in to do their job!

Snoopys_sweetheart said...

So amazing that, even with all the snow trouble, they got to say "I do." And how special that you were awesome enough to be there! The pictures with all the snow turned out gorgeous. Great job!

labarndt said...

Mandy, those images are stunning! Beautiful! I want to shoot a winter wedding. :)

Michaela said...

That picture of them with the veil is amazing, Mandy! I LOVE it.  What a crazyyyy week! Glad it's back to normal with the rain. Never thought I'd say that ;)

Kiara Buechler said...

The photo of the couple made me tear up, it is so beautiful!  Wonderful work, Mandy!

Karly Gomez said...

Oh gosh, how totally crazy!  It looks like the bride and groom did an awesome job putting up with the situation they were dealt, that's always good.  I hope it doesn't flood too bad in your area, I know my best friend in Lynnwood is nervous, especially since she's already missed four days of work because of the weather (she commutes to downtown Seattle)!

Heather Rufenacht said...

Such a crazy situation but you handled it like the pro that you are!  I love that shot of the bride alone, the umbrella sets it off!  hopefully your power stays on!

Gemma said...

i LOVE the picture of the bride and groom. the snow really adds to it, even if it was a nightmare. i hope your power comes back soon!

Amber Gregory said...

Wow -- the photos are so gorgeous!!

Jazmyn Alexandria said...

The photos came out amazing! That really does suck that you all ran into so many problems. I hope the power comes back soon for you guys. :)

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Kristy Lifenreflection said...

That is crazy and awesome at the same time.  Love the snowy wedding shots!

jenni from the blog said...

Aww, I saw what you posted on FB, that poor bride!  The photos that you took were absolutely STUNNING though!  Great work, mama!

Ayako Jordan said...

Beautiful photos! I'm happy that you didn't slip and hurt yourself and the baby :) 

Simplystavish said...

AMAZING wedding photos!  You wouldn't even know the day was a disaster because of weather.  I'm sure the bride and groom will have plenty of memories to share forever! :)

Nikki said...

Super bride and super photog!  Beautiful photos, you wouldn't even know it that there was freezing rain!

Chelsea @The Curly Cues said...

Everything turned out beautifully and I am sure it is a day they will never forget. They were so lucky to have a determined photographer on their side!