My relationship with Evansville, Indiana has been a consistently minimal one. For the past three years I have found myself waking up early and making a three hour drive from Nashville, TN to Evansville, IN once a year. This time I found myself particularly unmotivated to wake up to make the drive. Shockingly enough: waking up at 5am just to drive 3 hours, isn't always an easy thing to do. But with the aid of 5 alarms, I was able to get out of bed and get on the road at an appropriate hour.
When I arrived at Hayley's house, I quickly learned that everyone there had both a lot more energy and a lot less bags under their eyes than me. Not being a coffee drinker, I feared I was in for a day's work of both shooting video and pretending like I was not on the verge of passing out. The thing about energy and excitement is: it's contagious, and I quickly found that both the energy of the couple, the wedding party, and a particularly excited photographer was enough to keep me focused and excited for the entirety of the day.
It's always hard to gauge what your rapport is going to be like with a couple that you've exclusively communicated with through tardy emails and scattered phone calls, but in the case with Hayley and Jared, my fears were quickly put at ease. The love and joy that the couple had for each other transcended their relationship and overflowed to a joyful spirit that affected everyone else. I've never felt quite as loved by strangers as I did with Hayley and Jared.
Although I wish I could take credit for how well I believe the video turned out, I honestly believe I didn't have a thing to do with it. All I had to do was point a camera at the naturally beautiful moments that unfolded throughout the day. I also had a prayer answered and was able to work with not only an incredibly talented photographer, but one who I creatively fell completely in sync with: Rachel Mathew - definitely check out her work.
I couldn't be happier that I was wrong on this wedding: what I thought was going to be a tiring, difficult day turned into an incredibly fun, joyful day. I can only hope that next year's Evansville wedding will be just as incredible as this was.