So I have been at this wedding gig for a full year now. I started with Kara, of Kara Kamienski Photography, in June of 2014 as her intern and my very first week I assisted with my very. first. wedding. Ahh… poor Bryan + Adrienne (and their blog post) were subject to my nerves, my excitement, and most notably my dive into using a full frame camera (hello overexposed images!). I say all of this, and I laugh to myself because the next time I shot with Kara? Oh, you know just jumped in the deep end and second shot for Paige and Zachary’s wedding! Let’s just say I had a bit more practice… but I was still exhausted after.
And then we somehow fast forward 30+ weddings later, a new title (hello studio manager!) and we have Robert and Erika’s wedding day. Where do I begin with this, with them? Well I suppose we start with the history. Robert was my first boyfriend from when I was 15 years old. I still remember talking to his Dad the night we made it “official” (August 13? 14? 2005) and him asking if I was “going to get his son pregnant” despite the fact we lived an hour and a half apart. Yep. 10 years later and I still remember this conversation, Bob. So how did we meet then? Robert and I met in our youth group, DeMolay, and spent years growing, learning, and hating each other briefly. HA! Once we moved on we became really good friends and he would stop by on lunch break from work and we would walk around the neighborhood having life chats and clearing our minds. Then we wouldn’t talk again for months until one of us texted the other about this or that. I believe it was during one of these walks when Robert told me he was going to propose to Erika, about his grandmothers ring and all the details.
Fast forward to February 2015 and I’m sitting in San Diego at Seniors Ignite at Amanda Holloway’s financial planning class… and my phone rings just as we go on break. I look at it and, honestly, didn’t know why Robert would be calling me. I answered it and he begins to explain how his wedding photographer had to back out for health reasons and they needed someone to capture their big day. I, very doubtfully, spit out a price and a month later they signed a contract and I somehow signed my first wedding.
Robert and Erika, I honestly don’t think I could have picked a better couple to share my “first wedding under Sydney Wlodyka Photography” (a mouthful much?) with. I remember arriving at the salon ready to walk in to meet the girls with knots in my stomach because I was really going to be doing it. I had walked into salons, homes, hotel rooms optimistically before but this time it was different. This time it was all up to me to lead the show and I was terrified. And then I walked in, put my camera around my neck and got in the groove.
I know you two, aka Robert, probably thought I was crazy with my loud mouth and crazy random things I made you do… but do we need to talk about the mile long prom pose with the groomsmen you oddly convinced the ever fabulous Holly, the second photographer of amazingness, to shoot? Yeah. That’s what I thought! Robert and Erika your wedding day was amazing, beautiful and full of family, love and happiness. I already know from the glow Robert has had since he started talking about you Erika that you two are meant to be, but man oh man are you in for a crazy ride with that boy Erika. Congratulations and here’s to many years of long neighborhood walks where you two talk about your deepest dreams, secrets, and future plans. ♥
Much love, Sydney
And for those who have made it this far… here’s an added bit of humor for you.