A Snowy Penn State Wedding
I happened to be driving through campus yesterday and noticed a wedding party getting photos taken at the Nittany Lion Shrine—in the snow. It was a great scene, and I did happen to have my camera with me, but by the time I pulled my car over and got out, I was too late: The photo shoot was over, and everyone was piling back into “Molly Trolley,” which they had apparently rented for the day.
Oh well, I figured, and I drove on.
But then it occurred to me that they might be going somewhere else for more photos, so I turned the car around and followed the trolley. As they headed down Burrowes Road past the IST Building, I had a suspicion they would turn into the lot for the Alumni Center, which has become a popular place for wedding photos.
I was right.
I tagged along as the wedding photographer set up some shoots at the gazebo and the bridge (Ridge Riley’s Bridge, it’s officially called) outside our offices. The bride and groom turn out to be Kaitlin Infield ’07 and Nicholas Bevins ’07, who were getting married on New Year’s Eve in Eisenhower Chapel. The photo shoot took place about an hour before the wedding, and the snowfall we had gotten in the morning made a perfect backdrop.
Here’s a collage of three shots I took; click on them to see them bigger:
I should mention that the photographer (Amanda Kraft of Lancaster) was a good sport in tolerating my presence at her photo shoot. I learned long ago from my brother Chris, who is a professional photographer, that if an amateur photographer—or any friend or family member with a camera—shows up at a wedding shoot, it can be an unwelcome distraction. The professional photographer ends up with images where half of the wedding party is looking at the camera and the other half is looking off at something else (like me, in this case).
So, in retrospect, I don’t actually recommend doing what I did yesterday. But I thought you’d enjoy seeing the result.
Tina Hay, editor
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