Do You Mind if We Crash Your Wedding?
We were at the Four Seasons in downtown St. Louis, Missouri photographing the wedding of Hayley Rosenblum and Blonie Dudney. Saturday October 21st, had been…to say the least an extravagant experience from start to finish. A black-tie affair for the ages; everyone dressed to the nines and looking impeccable! Every single element down to the last flower placed on the tables of the reception hall was perfect! No expense was spared and no detail overlooked. But sometimes the most memorable experiences can’t be planned.
The party was still going strong and the night was drawing to a close, and the time had come for us to say our goodbye’s to the bride and groom. As the bride began to turn to some of her other guests to congratulate and bid them farewell, I noticed a large group people filling the room who were clearly not dressed for the occasion. Sneakers, t-shirts, flat bills, tank-tops and sunglasses began crowding around the newlyweds. Out of the crowd, Katy Perry emerged and introduced herself to the couple and said, “Do you mind if we crash your wedding?”
A few photos were snapped and Katy led the couple to the dance floor followed by her 30 plus entourage. After the most memorable fifteen minutes of the night, Katy congratulated the bride and groom one last time. Then just as quickly as they had appeared, Katy and her crew were gone.
Katy and her crew were quite memorable but even if they hadn’t showed up the day was spectacular! Here are a few of my personal favorite photographs from the wedding day.
I abandoned a safe career in civil engineering for photography. Because I deeply believe in the importance of photography. My primary focus is wedding photography. I love getting to know my clients, I ask a lot of questions and listen to what and who is important to them. By knowing what is important to my clients I can capture the meaningful moments between my couples and the people they care about. I love seeing my couples through the eyes of the people who love them. As a documentary wedding photographer, my goal is to capture the special moments of the bride and groom’s day. My goal is to make sure they end up with a collection of beautiful and meaningful images that will become as treasured and well-worn as was my childhood family album. I am committed to capturing the candid storytelling images that not only show how it looked but also how it felt on their wedding day. I truly feel blessed. Photography has given me the opportunity to document interesting people, visit beautiful places and work with other amazing photographers. I am living the dream.
To view more of Ray’s work, see his website. www.rayprop.com