The night before, during my drive there, my uppermost thoughts – worries, really – were all to do with the weather.
Sure, I have shot rainy weddings before, but this was no ordinary rain. This was Melbourne getting lashed by the tail of cyclone Yasi. This was flash flooding, road closures, lakes appearing over night.
And then I review the images. And just about the last thing that comes through, from hundreds of photos, is the weather.
First and foremost – always – it’s about the people.
Which is not to say that things ran smoothly. About an hour after I got to Mandy’s house, she got a call. It was the winery where her wedding ceremony was going to take place. Except it couldn’t. It was flooded out, and unsafe. But that was going to be alright, ‘cos people got mobilised, and alternative arrangements were made, and the entire thing was shifted – seamlessly – up the hill.
It was amazing.
And Mandy? Well, she was amazing too. So was Ed. The manner in which this upheaval was handled was just extraordinary. By the time the ceremony got underway, it felt as if it had always been planned that way.
Mandy & Ed – you were brilliant. Your wedding was thrilling. Thank you.