I joined Amie and Mark last September for their official wedding ceremony at the Sacred Heart Basilica at the University of Notre Dame before they headed south for their destination wedding later in the fall. The Notre Dame Football Stadium was at the top of the list for photo locations on campus as Mark was a Fighting Irish football player. As luck would have it, shortly after the ceremony it started to rain, and not just a few drops but a total downpour. As such, the usual shots at the stadium were, at least for the majority of our time there, sidetracked and required that we explore some alternate approaches to wedding photos inside the stadium. This series of photos of the bride and groom set against Touchdown Jesus from inside the gates of the stadium ended up being my personal favorites from the day. Approaching the gate as an aesthetic layer rather than an architectural obstruction made for a more compelling image with the Hesburgh Library as the backdrop.
I only spent a few hours with Amie and Mark, and, although I usually work with an assistant or second photographer for full-day wedding coverage, between the three of us, we pulled off some really fun shots around campus in a short period of time. Non-Saturday or off-season weddings can present the opportunity to be more creative with your wedding timeline and use of your photography coverage time.