It’s been a long, long time since we last posted on our blog, so how better to kick things off again than with the New York elopement of my friend and co-founder, Gary (of Thompson Granger Films fame), and his beautiful wife, Jo.
When Gary first broke the news to me that he and Jo were planning to elope in New York, and asked if I would capture it on film, I knew immediately that there was absolutely no way that I wouldn’t be there. But little did I know just how close I would come to missing it.
I could write a whole post about the behind-the-scenes story of Jo and Gary’s wedding and how an incompetent airline almost stopped me from making it to New York in time. But, to cut a long story short, I eventually arrived with just a few hours to spare. This was all despite 2 flight cancellations, a last-minute alternative route from London to New York via Boston, which involved a 5-hour train journey through the middle of the night, arriving in New York at 4am on the day of the marriage ceremony, resulting in only about 3 hours sleep. And, because that wasn’t challenging enough, this was also the first time I was going to film with our new Sony A7III cameras since switching over from Canon. And I had a broken foot.
Jo and Gary had also been forced to take on the same journey as I did, but just a day earlier, after they also had to deal with a flight cancellation and last-minute change to their travel plans. Despite the less-than-ideal journey to New York, Jo and Gary just took it all in their stride and showed why they’re so good together. They did everything their own way. They didn’t mindlessly bend to tradition and expectations, but consciously chose to tie the knot in a way that felt completely true to them. After getting married, they ended the day perfectly by going up to the top of the Rockefeller Centre to watch the sun set over New York.