A huge, huge thanks is owed to the awesome Nicole Chan of Nicole Chan Photography many of the awesome images below were taken by her! When Matt and I are hired to photograph a wedding one of the main points we go over in our contract is what happens if either one or both of us is not able to photograph the wedding. Up until this wedding it had never been an issue, every wedding in the last 5 years of business we had photographed together as a team even if one of us was sick, we just toughed it out, that’s the way it goes! Last July we found out that we were going to have a baby and of course the due date was March 17th, just 12 days before Caroline and Tom’s wedding! I was still convinced that maybe, if our little one made an appearance early, maybe just maybe I would be able to photograph their wedding! Of course Matt thought I was crazy, he was right, (Caroline and Tom’s wedding day rolled around and I was so thankful that we had brought someone on to shoot with Matt)! So we had to find an awesome replacement whose style we felt would blend seamlessly with ours. From the first conversation with Nicole, I knew she would be the perfect fit, not just because of her amazing work but also her personality. It’s so important to us that we not just take beautiful images but that are couples really enjoy their experience working with us, we try to make it as fun as possible!
It’s definitely something to talk with your wedding photographer about, see what their policy is, in the event that they are not able to photograph your wedding for any unforeseeable reason. Do they find a replacement without giving you a say? Do they find a few options for a replacement and present them to you (in our situation this is what we did, since there was plenty of time to find the right photographer)? or do they refund your deposit and leave you to find a new photographer?
There are many different ways to go about it and while I don’t think one way is wrong and the other is right, I do think knowing how your photographer would handle this situation is of utmost importance!
So a huge thanks to Nicole for stepping up and shooting alongside Matt. Also, a huge thanks to our couple who trusted us to find an awesome second photographer! Enough said, here are some favorites from the day!
Ariel + Matt