After visiting the military park, I walked over to the truck, thinking my photo-shooting assignment was now complete. Mark, however, told me I needed to walk on!
Past the military park is a long narrow penninsula that is the Erie Basin Marina. Mark had spoken to the guard on duty and convinced him to allow him to drive through the marina just one quick time. You see, the guard spotted Angus next to Mark and the marina has a strict regulation, NO dogs allowed. As Mark cruised along the drive, he just knew I would find lots and lots of photo ops. Boy, was he correct!
I will post (yet) another entry later regarding the absolutely stunning marina later. For now….
At the end of the penninsula is the tower shown in the photo below. And, of course, Ben wanted to climb on up the stairs to the top! Who was I to argue, anyway? As we passed a little “beach” looking area, I saw chairs and a setup that looked like a wedding? Then I heard a man telling someone that the wedding “begins at five and the local TV stations were going to be there.”
The aforementioned facts were enough to make me wait the nearly half-hour for the wedding festivities to begin….
At about four-forty-five, guests were arriving.
Off to the side, I saw another bride emerge from a limosine just long enough for some photos to be taken. (with Lake Erie in the background) I caught her re-entering the limo.
A little farther beyond, another tiny wedding was commencing. Five people drove up in a white mini-van. It must hve been bride, groom, two witnesses, and the clergy. This was a quick ceremony, lasting only about 20 minutes.
Finishing touches were placed on the trellis….(notice how the girl’s dress is blowing….even with image stabilization, I had to really dig my elbows into the concrete building to hold steady!)
Everyone is pretty much set up by now. If you expand this photo, read the red-lettered warning sign in the lower left! (hope the bride and groom aren’t “swept away”!!!)
The bridesmaids/maid of honor and groomsmen have arrived and now await……
Okay, another ad (unpaid, of course) for that Panasonic camera. These photos were all taken with that camera, high atop the observation deck shown earlier. If you enlarge these photos, the details are fabulous! I know, the Nikon would have been better, but the 10x zoom on that Panasonic is about equivalent to the 70-300 mm lens on my Nikon. Less bulky, and (in my humble opinion) good quality photos, even at 10x zoom!
Here comes the bride accompanied by Mom and Dad?
By this time, Ben was getting stir-crazy, so we came down from our grand lookout and we went out onto the rocks to take some more photos.
Couldn’t help but shoot a photo as we walked past the wedding….
And a close-up of the bride and groom!
As we strolled along the promenade, we spotted……ANOTHER bridal pair! (with their photographer!)
This bride’s dress sparkled in the sunlight as the gorgeous beaded bodice seemed to glow! And what a pretty pink inset on the backside of her gown!
Hey, they were actually posing for their photographer, but I really like the way my photos came out! Wouldn’t it be fun to do wedding photography?
Not sure which wedding party this limo driver was waiting on. Come to think of it, I wonder how many wedding parties were awaiting in the wings!
It was only after looking up one of the local television stations that I realized why so many weddings! It seems many couples felt that the date 08/08/08 was the big day! The station also reminded viewers that the number “8” turned 90 degrees is the symbol for infinity!
Ah, love….isn’t it grand?