Most often when I photograph a wedding, the number of guests averages around 125. I’ve shot a few weddings with upwards of 300 and as few as 50. So when Shannon and John told me they’d have less than 20 people at their wedding, themselves included, I was a bit surprised.
Their wedding a few weeks ago was one of the nicest I’ve shot all year. I seldom get to visit with anyone and get to know anyone. With 20 people, it’s hard not to. There was none of the wedding day “usual” craziness. No running around trying to wrangle guests and family for photos. No rushing around trying to get photos done so we can hurry to the reception. After their Mass at St. Edwards Cathedral, we had the place to ourselves for at least an hour. That allowed for plenty of photos and NO rushing. That alone was a treat. Afterwards, we had about two hours before the dinner reception so we all piled into Shannon’s father’s car and we headed out for a few couples portraits around Little Rock. Since it was 100+ degrees that day, her father graciously kept the car running with the A/C at full blast while we shot photos.
Then came the real treat: photos inside The Flying Saucer. Shannon’s dad wanted a few fun, casual pix inside the bar so we stopped in for cold beer – at least they did – I’m not a beer fan. Nearby, there was a table of rowdy 50-somethings on a pub crawl so I asked them to be in the photos. These were perfect strangers but they were all too willing to cheer in the background for photos.
All in all, it was such refreshing change from the craziness of large weddings. I love those just as much, but there is always something special about the small, intimate weddings with only your closest friends and family there to share in your day.
To see all of Shannon and John’s wedding, check them out here.