Why post-wedding sessions are the bomb | Smithville Mansion Wedding Photographer

Smithville Mansion Mount Holly weddingSadly (who begins a blog post with the word “sadly”???), last April I was put on bedrest for a few days while pregnant, one day of which happened to be Megan and Brian’s wedding day. Thankfully, (as a professional should always have a backup plan in case of a scenario such as this) I contacted two photographer friends whom I trusted and they shot the wedding for me. I received all of the images and edited them in my style, and delivered the images, and the bride and groom were very happy. However… this was a bride that I truly connected with, especially having shot one of her best friend’s weddings a couple of years before when she was a bridesmaid. So… I offered to meet and do a after wedding shoot of just the two of them, to go above and beyond as a professional and a friend, and I am thrilled that they both wanted to shoot some more images in their wedding day attire.

We met at Smithville Mansion in Mount Holly, NJ, and made our way around the Mansion and the old abandoned houses. The “green house” is one of my favorite backgrounds for a surprise look… meaning that most people don’t expect to see a house painted a bright green in the back of an image.

Post-wedding shoots are awesome for two reasons: 1). There is no wedding day stress. You can take your time and not be worrying about getting to the reception on time, your ice sculpture melting, or your hair deflating because you had it done ten hours ago. 2). You are used to being married, and it shows. I love capturing the familiarity that has grown after a couple has been married for awhile. There is a deep sense of knowing one another in a more solid, more familiar kind of way.

This was no exception with Megan and Brian, and we chatted about what married life is like, from learning what annoys each other to loving one another enough to fix those things.

At the end of the session, we were blessed by a special sign… scroll down to see what I am referring to. 🙂

Brian and Megan, thank you so much for coming out to do this special shoot. I enjoyed every moment of it and pray that you continue to learn to love one another with your whole hearts… last piece of dessert and all. :-)\

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