So, I’d just gotten home from an early morning yoga class. Just kinda moving around the house with that random Saturday-off enjoyment. Then the phone rang. A guy on the other end says “Can you shoot a wedding today?” He sounds a little winded and slightly unorganized in what he was asking. Now I have to pause the story and say that I’ve gotten a few pervert calls and they usually start with some slightly winded guy that’s asking me something rather unorganized about taking photos. So, I figured he was possibly headed that way. I gave him about 20 seconds to turn this around before I hung up. He asks if I can start shooting a wedding at Mission San Miguel in about 60 minutes. Something had gone wrong with the booked wedding photographer. They needed someone stat and they didn’t want to tell the bride until something was booked. I hang up the phone telling him that I’ll call my afternoon sessions and see if I can make it.
Ten seconds after I hang up, the phone rings again. It’s another guy. He asks if I can shoot a wedding this afternoon. I tell him “hey, you just called me.” He says he hasn’t….must have been someone else. They have several people calling apparently. I hang up with him and 15 seconds later, another call. This time from a bridesmaid.
Luckily, the other sessions were happy to help out and I made it to the Mission San Miguel within an hour to start shooting a wedding. I didn’t even know the bride and groom’s name. That was a first.
I’m going to mostly let the photos tell the story of the day. But, I do want to give a super special shoutout to the wedding party for doing an amazing save that day! It was unbelievable how they pulled it all together. And, I don’t just mean making the phone calls. I also mean that they all ended up having such a fantastic time. I was a little worried that all the photos were going to show stress and worry…but nope. They kicked it loose and had a grand time! And, in a super small world story, it turns out that I know one of the groomsmen from a wedding in Santa Cruz several years ago. How random!
Sometimes fate takes over (but a good wedding party sure helps!)