"From our very first communication, I was excited to be a part of Kate and Colby’s wedding day," says Jonas Seaman of his and wife Mary's wedding coverage at a rustic farmhouse wedding on Vashon Island, Washington. "When they inquired if I was available for their date, I sent our standard get-to-know-you questionnaire. Some of the questions I ask is, if you had an inspiration board for your wedding, what would be on it? How would you describe the theme and feel of your wedding day? I usually get answers directing me to a Pinterest board of detail shots, or I get a description of the color scheme. Kate and Colby’s answer was in the form of just four words: 'Honest. Intimate. Family. Joy.' The moment I read that, I knew I wanted to shoot their wedding."
When Seaman asked Kate what photographs were most important for them, she answered, “We are indescribably grateful to have been given the opportunity to choose to do life together, and we want photos that capture the moments that reflect that. Our relationship with our families are wonderful, and also very important to us. Our goal here is to create a setting for us to share our immense happiness with our great families, and then to immortalize that day’s connections.”
Toward the end of dinner, Seaman asked the couple where they would be standing or sitting when it came time for toasts. "They asked me where I thought would be best for photographs," he recalls. "I looked at the dark barn they were dining in and said, 'Outside on the grass.' I was half expecting them to laugh that off, but instead, before I knew it, friends and family were pulling chairs out of the barn and gathering in the shaded grove outside for toasts. It was great! The light was perfect. Also, it encouraged everybody to remain outside and enjoy the evening instead of staying seated around the tables in the barn all night. There was so much happiness that evening. So much love. That’s what it’s all about. You can have an amazing destination and incredible details, but in the end, the only thing that really matters is the joy you feel sharing your wedding day with your closest friends and family. And, for me, that’s my favorite thing to capture. The intimate moments. The hugs. The laughter. The tears."
GEAR FOR THE DAY
Cameras: Canon 5D Mark III and IV
Lens: Canon 24mm f/1.4L, 35mm f/1.4L and 45mm Tilt-Shift, 50mm f/1.2L
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