Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Happy, Freezing Couple

Would it amuse you to photograph the wedding parties of complete strangers? There are places around St. Louis you can do that on almost any Saturday: in front of the cathedral, several locations in Forest Park and, of course, around the Arch. I run into them all the time, schlepping around on small buses from one scenic backdrop to another, in varying states of happiness and inebriation. (The bar is frequently open on the bus. I have seen more than one bridesmaid swoon, and not from joy.) It's fun in a perverse way to stand back and be catty - oh my gawd, did they hire Mr. Blackwell to do the bridesmaids' dresses? Can the best man stand up long enough to get back to the bus? and so on.

This couple, standing at the foot of the Arch, must be dedicated to love and imagery. The temperature was right at freezing. The bride might collapse from hypothermia before the ceremony.

TOMORROW: same deal as today. A bit of the Arch is in it but it's still not the Thursday Arch Series. You will just have to come back on Thursday for that. It'll be worth it. Promise.

7 comments:

R&R in The Netherlands said...

Don't forget the botanic garden (ok, maybe not year-round).
Makes me wonder whether the photographer will have to photoshop out the goosebumps.

oldmanlincoln said...

Weddings aside. Your photo reminded me that I am always worried that arch cannot possibly stay up there like it has. Behind the couple must be the answer--the foot of the arch. Neat photo.

ShadowyOne said...

Bit of a different Arch series, as you promised. I like the sort of on-the-ground context.

Waldo Oiseau said...

True, true. But I bet the freezing temps will come across nicer in the photos than and sweaty, wilted bride on steamy summer day!

Dusty Lens said...

Wow, all in the name of in that momet of wedding photos. To be bare shouldered in that temp is a testament to her constitution.

Kate said...

Oh course, you should photo wedding photos! Check the one here that I took awhile back; I think it's fun to intrude a bit:
http://snipurl.com/21kwg!

Jackie said...

When I got married a couple of months ago I had a similar sleeveless dress. I lasted about 30 seconds outside for photos before I had to put my coat on. Obviously I'm a complete wuss!