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Photographing weddings is not for the faint of heart

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When it comes to wedding photography, there are always going to be little hiccups — and sometimes, big ones.

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I was reminded of that when I photographed Jennifer and John's wedding at the Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs over the weekend.

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In the process of putting everything together on the wedding day, we ran a little late. The ceremony was scheduled for 4:30 and at 4:15 John was just starting to get dressed.

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One of the shots Jennifer really wanted was a first look with her Dad, and again with John before the ceremony. Additionally, Jennifer didn't want her guests to see her before the wedding.

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Brian at the Craftwood told me about a walkway behind the bride's cottage and that John could see Jennifer there right before the start of the ceremony. But John would have to go through the kitchen to get there.

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Thinking on my feet I asked Jennifer's Dad to wait outside the cottage. Then I asked Jennifer to walk around the back of the cottage where John was waiting for her.

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Both were touching moments. Afterwards, John ran back down through the kitchen to the ceremony where guests were already seated for the ceremony and waiting for it to start. No one was the wiser.

We managed to pull it off and the ceremony started only five minutes behind schedule.

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In a situation like this one, it's hugely important not to panic. Instead, you must think ahead and come up with a plan that allows for everyone involved to feel like things went off without a hitch.

In this case, as luck would have it, they actually did!

Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.

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