Erika and Dean Koenigsknecht (ten points if you can pronounce it; twenty if you can spell it right on the first try without peeking) were one of my first bookings I ever made on my own… and I nearly lost them because of a faulty phone alarm. I’m sure Erika remembers trying to call me a few times, wondering where in the hell I was when I was supposed to be meeting her for coffee. Needless to say I felt terrible and rescheduled a meeting with her for that very day. We met and immediately took to each other, though I could sense that her enthusiasm for the whole video concept was lacking in comparison to photo. I became determined to turn her around on the subject.
June 2009 rolled around before I knew it and I was off to the little known town of DeWitt, Michigan. The wedding, which I had been nervous as a cat to shoot, went off without a hitch… unless you count my second camera accidentally getting locked in the church balcony for a little while. Erika and Dean, an odd couple by most standards (there’s an 18 year age difference), actually meshed together so well it was kind of inspiring to watch. I ended up having the time of my life at this wedding, and the only bad part about it was that I had to drive over an hour back home, where I had to begin editing this thing and hopefully make good on my own challenge.
As it turns out, I not only turned Erika completely around on the importance of video, but she says that she treasures hers more than anything that came out of the day. Except for the marriage itself, of course. That tends to be pretty important. And since then, Erika and Dean have been sending me quite a few couples on the cusp of nuptials. I owe them a huge debt of thanks and I’ll have another chance to do it this weekend when I see them for the wedding of Jessica and Jonathan.