Day 15 of Winter: Grand Central Elopement Officiant

Grand Central is extremely popular for elopements and small weddings in the winter.  I applaud this choice.  You can far more easily move a ceremony outside than move it inside.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve officiated outdoor winter weddings for couples who really thought it would be magically warm on their wedding day but instead shivered as their icy lips declared “I do.”  Furthermore, since lateness is not uncommon for weddings, guests and vendors alike are sometimes left freezing outside before the couple arrives.

I am not a photographer at all, let alone a wedding photography. I am solely an officiant. But I do know my trusty old Minolta SRT 100 adorned with a M Rokkor-x 50 f/1.4, which is an analog SLR 35mm camera with a stunning prime lens that has lived a longer life than myself. These old cameras are sturdier than digital, and I personally love the look of grainy, textured black and white film. Back in May 2012, I decided that for each day of the upcoming winter, I’d publish a photo or two from my past ceremonies (people, places, and/or things)—the good and bad, as a reminder that mistakes happen. These images are low-resolution scans of negatives. I generally used Ilford, mostly HP5, because I preferred its look and longevity. I never used a flash, but I love filters.

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