Allison and Ted are bikers. Like, hardcore, competitive, racing bikers. In fact, many of their guests were hardcore, competitive bikers, though I get the idea that Ted and Allison might be the hardcorest, competitivest, racingest bikers of the group. Which is NOT to say that they come across as competitive and hardcorey. They don’t.
What they DO come across as is genuine, gracious, kind, and open-hearted. And fun. Loads of fun. I suspect you’ll be able to tell those things from the photographs.
For instance, their wedding included a somewhat competitive, semi-hardcorey but mostly loads of fun gulp-and-gallop race around the pond (twice!). And the only evidence of competitiveness I detected was overhearing Ted telling people afterwards that he was fine not winning, up until the second guy passed him, when he told himself, “No way.”
There was lots of laughter. Lots of celebrating. Lots of stories and dancing and did I mention laughter? And tons of tenderness, too. That’s the thing about Allison and Ted–they seem authentic to the bone; they don’t care how others perceive them, they don’t worry about airs and pretenses. They are just themselves, open to everyone, and each other.
The wedding was extra fun for me, because I was reunited with Melisa Holloman, a very fine photographer who had interned for me several years ago, and who agreed to help me shoot this wedding. When you look through the photographs from the wedding day, many of the photographs are Melisa’s. I wish I could credit her for each image (on this page, she took the first, second, and fifth pictures). Though any image you see taken after dark was thanks to her, as she lugged the lighting equipment around, helping us get shots like this:
So lots of thanks to Melisa, and tons and tons of thanks to Allison and Ted, who gave me the honor of photographing their wedding. Fortunately, I’m not done with them yet. They are planning on a Trash-the-Dress shoot later this summer! With bicycles, of course.
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