A Very Penn State Wedding

October 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm 1 comment

The bride and bridesmaids on the Old Main porch. Click to see a larger, crisper version.

We’ve written about Penn State weddings before—here, here, and here, for example—but this past weekend was the first time I was actually involved in one.

I had a bit part, really. My brother Chris was the wedding photographer, and I served more or less as assistant photographer—as well as second assistant equipment schlepper.

(Chris’ wife, Paula, was first assistant equipment schlepper; she’s been doing weddings with him for years.)

My brother has all the talent, the experience, and the gear. My role was to fill in the gaps by taking whatever candid shots seemed to present themselves.

It was a Penn State wedding through and through: Both the bride and groom—Cameron Klementik ’07 and Daniel Ertley ’07—are Penn Staters, as are the bride’s parents, Judge David Klementik ’70 and Ruth Whalley Klementik ’70, and so were many of the bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Over the course of about 12 hours, Chris shot photos at a host of campus spots: the Nittany Lion Inn, the alumni center, Old Main, the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center (where the ceremony was held), the Nittany Lion Shrine, and Beaver Stadium (where the reception was held, in the Mount Nittany Club). We were also scheduled to do shoots at the Obelisk, the Joe Paterno statue outside the stadium, and other spots, but it was rainy and we just plain ran out of time.

If that’s not Penn Statey enough for you, the bride wore a blue-and-white Penn State garter; the newlyweds ran an informal gauntlet of bridal-party members waving white pom-pons; and a cardboard cutout of Joe Paterno stood guard over the cheese table at the reception.

And there was a note at each spot at the table at dinner, saying, “A donation has been made on your behalf to the Penn State Dance Marathon, a cause special to Cameron and Daniel.”

Below is a slide show of about two dozen shots from Saturday. Some are by Chris, some are by me, and a few are very casual photos taken with my iPhone. You should also check out the  photos that Chris has posted on his Facebook page—they’re light-years better than what I can show here. Enjoy.

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Tina Hay, editor

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  • 1. Anonymous  |  November 21, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Hello Tina,

    You presented a fabulous rundown of the wedding on such a rainy day. But hey, we did Penn State proud. Thanks for your kind words. Look for us on one of your alumni tours in the future. You are a definite asset to the Chris Hay photo team!!

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