Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Christine & John Wray's Wedding

August 11th, 2007 Dateline...Poland.
No, not that Poland.
Poland, Ohio.
Christina and John Wray married today at the Kidston Pavillion in Mill Creek Park. Surrounded in the lush Rose Garden, by family and friends, J. Mitchel Photography provided the couple with images that will bring them back to that moment, for years to come.
The Wedding Reception was held at the couples new home which provided a comfortable locale for the 100+ guests attending. You know you are not in NY anymore, when the caterer brings a couple of mobile hospitality kitchens that would make NASCAR envious. With a mobile BBQ smoker larger than a full size Humvee, and some very skilled chefs, the food was outrageous.
Take a peek at the pictures at http://jmitchelphotography.instaproofs.com/

Getting there, was another story.
I had been attending a weeklong certification class at Wharton, in Philly until the previous evening in support of the FINRA CRCP designation. That meant getting all the needed gear from my home base on LI, to Ohio, by way of Philly and Pittsburgh. Playing it safe, I split the gear between my assistant, the lovely Mrs. J. Mitchel, and myself. While I was apprehensive about getting $7k in gear through AMTRAK and airline security as carryon, we had it set up that if either bag didn't make it, we would still be able to shoot a great event. She was taking a flight from NY to Pittsburg on Friday Evening and I was leaving Philly for Pittsburg at about the same time. With good luck and only a few hours weather delays in NY, we met up in the Pittsburg airport for the drive to Poland, Ohio.
Maybe because it was night time, maybe it is because I come from the land of omnipresent construction delays...but the road to Poland as smooth as a baby's butt and there was no traffic.

The next day we were up with the sun for Bridal, Wedding and Formal shots. We had a much needed break in the afternoon, as the Reception did not start until 5PM.
Christine and John, man! Your friends know how to party! While most would have called the event over at Midnight, after the fireworks, some partied until the wee, wee hours.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The long road home from Ohio...

So, we had a long drive back to Pittsburg the next day for an early AM flight to NY.
The roads were empty. So empty, that apparently there had not been another car come thru the toll both on the PA Turnpike in a loooooong time. I felt bad waking her up, but I didn't have exact change I could place on the window edge.

The flight home the was uneventful save one detail. The Airtrain....totally not worth it. If there is one piece of advice you take from my ramblings, this is it. A cab would have made far more sense than lugging gear and bags from the terminal, to the Air Train, to the LIRR, then finally to our car at the station. Did I mention we missed the Babylon local by 8 minutes and had to wait an hour for the next train?