Two weekends ago, Jeff and I spent three days in Houston for my brother Matt’s wedding.
Although we were not the wedding photographers, we both brought cameras. Of course. Jeff shot digital, which means his photos were up and ready the next day. I shot film, which means my photos are just now ready.
There’s a reason why I shot film, and particularly Tri-X 400 film. I’d grown up poring over photos shot by LIFE photographers. The black-and-white photos of JFK and Jackie’s wedding always struck me as wonderful wedding photography, and I wanted to capture a similar, candid look using black-and-white film.
As a bridesmaid, I had special access to the bride’s dressing room at the Richmond House, where the wedding and reception were held. I knew the hired wedding photographer wasn’t scheduled to arrive until shortly before the ceremony, so I happily took it upon myself to capture some small moments among the girls.
It was a lovely wedding.
Unfortunately, my roll of film — my only roll — was 24 exposures, not 36 like I’d thought. I had no intentions to take any photos during the actual ceremony (that would be an odd thing for a bridesmaid to do), but I had hoped to capture more candid moments of the first dance, the reception and more. As it is, my roll ran out right before the ceremony.
It was a lovely wedding, and running out of film early probably enabled me to enjoy it all the more.
You can view a few more photos here.