I met up with Morgan and his groomsmen at their hotel room at the Westin and their fun had already started. A couple of drinks and laughs for the guys later and I was off to see Amanda. She was pretty much ready as were her bridesmaids, and she had to cutest little flower girls too.
The ceremony was at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica on Spring Garden Rd., which is a beautiful old church. The ceremony was full of nice readings, some singing, and a whole lot of quick amens. We went to the Public Gardens for photos after the ceremony. We managed to get through all the family photos quickly, then the wedding party, and then Amanda, Morgan, and I went for a walk, just the 3 of us. We didn’t have much of a crowd at the gardens that day, so we were able to get to a bunch of locations and get the photos we wanted ahead of schedule. Amanda and Morgan decided to have some down time at their hotel so I went to Pier 21.
This was the first time I had seen the newly renovated Pier 21, and it was quite nice. I do miss all the flags they had hanging in their hall, but I understand that’s not to everyone’s taste, so I’ll let it slide. One thing I do really like about Pier 21 is that the wedding party sits up on the stage which means clear sight lines for us photographers during the dinner and speeches. This was the second wedding I’d shot at Pier 21, and it also marked the 2nd time I had heard bridesmaids sing part of their speech. I don’t know if it’s the venue that inspires bridesmaids to sing or not, but either way, it was fun.
Amanda and Morgan’s first dance was no walk in the park, or 2 step shuffle (as I like to call the typical dance where you stand in one place and basically rotate in a circle). They had a full on choreographed routine for their first waltz. I suspect having to perform like that in front of friends and family may have led to the decision to have a complimentary Whiskey bar for their guests. I don’t drink, but I think I might have wanted one if I had to dance like that.
My night was done not long after the first dance, but I still got a few shots of people letting loose on the dance floor. I do love a nice and full dance floor, and it was getting busier as the night went on, after all, the whole day was like an unending crescendo. Here’s a look at Amanda and Morgan’s day;