Totally Legit Wedding Photographer

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This is how behind I am in my blogging:

Last October, my very excellent blogfriend Cassie‘s sister got married and invited my very excellent blogfriend Jessica to photograph it. Not to be left out, I somehow weaseled my way in to the shenanigans as Jessica’s second shooter and scored myself a weekend of being taken care of by Cassie in Pittsburgh.

She and Jessica picked me up at the airport–and by that, I mean they parked in the parking lot and came and met me–with pumpkin-flavored treats from Oakmont Bakery in hand and drove us to her sister’s house to start the festivities. Jessica, who is from Louisiana and only sees one season per year, was almost breathless over the rolling hills flooded with fall colors:

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And if she loved the trees, she loved the country barns even more. So much so that we went out in the rain to get a picture of her in front of one of them:

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Cassie’s sister, Carly, is one of those down-to-earth people you feel close to as soon as you meet her, and she wasn’t freaking out about anything, which made this, my first time photographing a wedding, so relaxed and fun. And having Jessica there as the first shooter couldn’t have been better: she knew what she was doing, she didn’t mind a zillion questions from me, and she never made me feel like I was in competition with her for the shot. She also took the responsibility of all of the important pictures so that I could focus solely on Cassie having a hissy fit at the hair salon at 8 a.m. the day of the wedding:

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No, just kidding, she was hitting the bottle hard to keep herself calm:

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No, just kidding, she’s pregnant. And this was the kind of classy affair where pregnant women stayed sober and everyone else drank champagne out of McDonald’s cups:

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Cassie’s oldest daughter, Claire, was a total delight despite being a child and spent all of her time either entertaining the adults or taking care of her brother and sister, although I have no idea where she gets her good manners. I was in the back seat of the car with her as we were leaving the salon, and she asked why I didn’t get my hair done like all of the bridesmaids; Cassie turned around in the driver’s seat, gave my hair a disapproving look, and said, “Katie will . . . brush hers . . . before the wedding.” Harlot! Brute! Meaniehead!

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I kid, I kid. Cassie, aside from hating my hair, was as good a host as the first time I met her and super-generous to boot. The weekend was a great mix of Cassie, Carly, and their charming mother enchanting us with stories from their childhoods and Jessica and me sharing a hotel room and having important conversations about politics, religion, love, books, and her hot husband. Thanks for the memories, ladeez.

Here are a few of my favourite shots from the wedding reception:

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Jessica at work

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Cassie in front of the awesome-for-photos light wall in Carly and Ben’s reception hall

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Cassie and Jessica, being adorable

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Carly and her bridesmaids

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Cassie, blowing bubbles

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Ben and Carly and a whole lotta Photoshop

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I die.


  1. Cassie says:

    Wow, when you suck up to Jess, you really go the distance. I need to make you angry at some point in my life. Maybe I’ll refuse to click ads. Yah…I’ll do that.

    Now go brush your hair.

    • Jessica R. says:

      But there are more photos of you! Plus, you DID say that about her hair. I’m just saying.

      I’m ready to go back now. Bluz and Katie have to come too. I’m also up for the following: NYC, Baltimore and Ohio (as long as that crazy pumpkin festival is going on).

  2. Elliepie says:

    What? Katie Ett does not brush her hair! Fingers only! The nerve.

    • Julie says:

      Hahahahahahaha! Oh, the curly hair! One of the things I most love about wearing my hair straight is that I can brush it anytime I want to. In the middle of the day, even!

  3. bluzdude says:

    I swear, next time yinz get together, I’m crashing the party. I’ll be the photographer’s assistant’s assistant.

    Love the pics, but the first one of Cassie blowing bubbles looks like she’s been attacked by an octopus.

    And knowing Cassie, you can’t assume that didn’t happen.

  4. Jessica R. says:

    I had so much fun hanging out with you and shoveling pumpkin goodies into my face! And running out into the rain by the BARNS. Oh the barns.

    Seriously though, I had a great time rooming with you and I really look forward to hanging out again with our cameras sometime. Actually, I think next time we should take photos of you in front of Louisiana cyprus trees…

  5. Erin says:

    God bless the light wall! Great photos. Also, I brush my hair in the mornings and then refuse to do it again for the rest of the day, regardless of how jacked it gets. Windstorms be damned.

  6. Lisa says:

    I totally get the not brushing the hair thing. Curly haired girls unite!

  7. Dishy says:

    These photos are GORGEOUS, Katie!!!! Makes me wish I could get married all over again, just so you could shoot the whole thing. Maybe in 15 years, we can hire you for the ladies…????!!!

    Happiest of new years, babe!

  8. NICE! I’m jealous, of course.
    Because I’m totally illegitimate.
    Er, wait…