Nikki and Joel make shooting a wedding easy. And fun. Hopefully the images convey their joy and just how in love they are with each other. And can I just say the private residence they used for the venue was absolutely perfect, and full of interesting corners… one of my favorite of the whole year. We were threatened all day with rain, and amazingly the only time it sprinkled was during their first look, which, in my opinion, made it even better than the original plan. Umbrellas came out, Joel took shelter in the trees (thank you unplanned frame within a frame), and the skied turned moody. You can know your camera. You can have ideas stored in your Moleskine. You may have vision for days… but you cannot overlook the importance of luck when it comes to photography. Just be ready to think fast.

To start the post off, I’ll show Nikki’s surprise bridal we did for Joel a week before the big day. High five to Emily Baynes for the hair and makeup.

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  • Heather ElizabethAbsolutely love your use of light and shadows here. Stellar work, my friend. You inspire me.

  • JoeHOLY Cow my friend. This is Fantastic work!

  • Tracy HidayBreathtaking……

  • stephenballer! dude, this is so good.

  • vanessadude, you floor me. amazing shots. wow, wow, wow!

  • ChrystalCan’t imagine a more perfect dress, bride, location, or pictures! You did a fantastic job and had everything you needed to take perfect pictures of what looks like a perfect wedding!!!

  • Bryan AulickSo many photos!

  • Brandon WitzelWoah! I completely agree with Bryan!

  • jayeadsbryan, it feels that way because there are no images on your blog. 😉

    gotta edit the link on your FB http://www.bryanaulick.com/theblog/

  • YeeKilled it, sir, killed it. That image of them illuminated only by the cross is hands down one of my favorites of all time.

  • Paul Krolawesome!! some amazing pictures and i absolutely love pic #95 shooting a little through the green foliage! great stuff!

  • Bryan AulickHahaha. I guess I kind of just got in a rut, posting five images, then three, then one, and toward the end: none. After coming off my high (or low), I realized that I had actually deleted all of my images. Hi, I’m Bryan, I was a nihilism-addict, and I want the world to know that minimalism is a gateway drug.

  • jsai love the way you see weddings.

  • Andy GainesBrilliant! Really inspiring stuff – Blog more (please!) your work is great!

  • jayeadshaha, bryan… perfect 🙂

  • CortneyJay,
    Your work never ceases to amaze me! I’m not sure how you do it but the weddings you shoot always look like the most incredible ever, with the most gorgeous couples I’ve ever seen. You are a genius 🙂

  • Debbie MayesThis is one of my favorite wedding posts that I’ve seen in a long time – absolutely loving your work and the direction your going in. Beautiful!

  • Lucie Zekaperfect 🙂


Early New Years resolution – blog weddings on a regular basis.  I’m not sure why it seems to be such an issue (ha), but I’ll work on it.  One possibility behind the psychology of not blogging weddings is in the details.  Details… if you visit the wedding blogs out there, they are so heavily detail oriented and I’m just not.  I’m people oriented.  I shoot the details while I am at a wedding, however; I focus on the people and the moments they share together.  Whether it is the session alone with the bride and groom, the mother/son dance, or even the engagement session… I photograph people.  It’s what I love.

Here’s my typical blog bomb of images.  You’re welcome, and I’m sorry 🙂

so much more after the jump…



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  • Jeff marshYou are such a stud. One of the ONLY photographers I respect, thanks for takingsuch incredible photos for us to always have.

  • michael baxleyjust ran across this post while surfing my google rss feeds…good grief this is rocking work! carry on….:)

  • Joel Florywow. solid group of images with some really spectacular ones in there.

  • Matt FerrellLove your work! A photographer that is a forerunner at what he does, Mad skills

  • Shelley HanlonWow! I want to get married again just so YOU can shoot my wedding. You are just amazing. By the way, when are you going to do a workshop?

  • hughnormally when i see that many images in a single post, i skip over most of them. not this time. looked at every one. you make good pictures, jay.

  • Eric KrebsAmazing! Could, already have, and probably will spend a long time enjoying each one of these photos. Father & Daughter dancing half way in post got the water works going on my wife immediately. Bravo Jay! Phenomenal work.

  • NickWow, some of the awesomest wedding images I’ve seen in a while. Great work.

  • Matt FerrellThat last shot bro, I keep coming back to it… Off the hook!
    Oh and love Jeff marsh’s wedding too… You killed it

  • Tweets that mention I do shoot weddings, I’m just terrible at blogging them | Jay Eads Photography -- Topsy.com[…] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Gareth Robins, Eric Krebs, Laura Bradbury, jay eads, jay eads and others. jay eads said: a big fat wedding blog… an apology of sorts, i suppose 🙂 http://jayeads.com/?p=948 (oops, re-post due errors. yay) […]

  • Stephen JacksonWhen I’m running out of inspiration, I turn to music and blogs. Usually when it comes to blogs, I have to thumb back a few pages before I really feel I’m seeing something unique and inspiring.

    Thanks for making a post made with two full cups of inspiration and awesomeness.

    Also, thanks for reminding me how much it sucks to live in Georgia. Either sunny, muggy, and way too hot or raining, muggy, and way too wet. Never cloudy and awesome like Oregon or Washington. Boo.

  • Cameron BraunLoving the 4×5 crops here Jay. Such a good aspect ratio that I have such a hard time shooting myself. Adds a really unique touch to these images.

  • laurenjay, your photos make my heart pitter patter

  • jayeadsi’m pretty humbled about those comments… my wedding work always makes me self-conscious. thanks for the kind words!

    lauren… spear guns and rivers. that’s all i will say

  • BENJhey! I know some of those people.

  • Steve ElmerAwesome Overload.

  • Seattle Senior and Family Portrait PhotographerYou have some pretty amazing shots here! I love your creativity with silhouettes shots, very inspiring! Thank you for sharing your great work. It inspires!


  • Meredith Syou’re fantastic. these are so great and classic.

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  • Heather EYou are so damn good, my friend.


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