Jill and Hoke, wedding at private home

When I sat on the couch at Jill and Hoke’s house, waiting to meet with them to talk about possibly photographing their wedding, I had an unobstructed view of the field of their back yard and the mountains in the distance.  This would be center stage on their wedding day, and I was already excited about it.  As we talked about their plans and how they would showcase the property at the wedding, Jill mentioned something about my shooting the wedding entirely on film.  It was in response to my pointing out the black and white film images in a sample book, and my usual mention of how I shoot a few rolls of black and white film at every wedding.  I think I got giddy for a moment at the thought of doing the whole wedding on film.  (I used to shoot weddings like that all the time, but when digital became so advanced, it began to have its own appeal.  Now I tend to double-barrel it, with both a film and a digital camera strapped to me, choosing which media to use to document each moment.)  Hoke laughed, and I think that sealed the deal because, a little while later, I was thrilled to be booked.


I don’t even know where to start with the raves about the wedding, either.  I think my favorite part of the day was when Hoke, maybe half an hour before the cocktail hour was to begin, tore the porch steps off their platform and repositioned them on the other side of the porch, his groomsmen and dad wielding hammers.  If Jill and Hoke were nervous, no one would ever have known.  They were simply ripe for a party and enjoying every moment!

The wedding was coordinated by Jeanne (who just honored me!), and it was somehow lavish and understated at the same time.  I loved the jam jar decorations, the multi-colored paper lanterns, the blackboard seating “suggestions”, the band, the dogs, Jill’s gorgeous dress and, most especially, Jill and Hoke’s bare feet during the formals!

I was really honored to be the photographer because Jill and Hoke had a lot of photographer-friends.  One of the bridesmaids was doing double-duty, standing up with her and shooting Super-8, and another friend was shooting Super-16!  Some of their friends were gallerists, some of them artists, and they were popping up everywhere to make pictures!  Because I knew that Jill and Hoke really appreciated art and photography, I was inspired to do something a little different for them, and found myself attracted to all the still lifes that were laying around.  (I love them so much, I entered a couple of the pictures in a People’s Choice contest.  So if you’re so inclined, you can vote for them here.)

Thanks for including me in a really great day!


all images are copyright 2010 hillary harvey

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