2019 Behind the Scenes

December 19, 2019

Introducing the behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions! Wow, it’s been a wild year and I’m so thankful to wrap up such a sweet season with amazing clients. My life is full of embarrassing moments, so I thought I’d share a few. If you want to know the reallll all-time-best embarrassing moment of mine, let’s get coffee and I’ll tell ya then! If you’re wanting to see the really beautiful images and not the crazy ones in this post, head over to my Best of 2019 Weddings post!

 

 

2019 didn’t hold any people fainting on stage (thankfully!) but here are some of my favourite behind the scenes. Before we begin, though, thank you to Alex Wolf, Haley Wright and Deidre Lackey for these BTS shots! I’m grateful for working with fun, kind, talented second shooters!

 

A groom split his pants (looking at you, Walker!) during the most fun reception at Iron City

You know you danced hard when your pants split. Meg and Walker, you surely pulled off an amazing party!

 

Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!

 

My dream to dance with a groomsman came true (again, at the most fun reception at Iron City)

Again, shoutout to the Coles! Your bridal party welcomed me with open arms and we all had so.much.dang.fun.

 

Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!

 

I wore three outfits in one day as bridesmaid/photographer for my best friends’ weddings!

Wondering how we pulled it off? Click here! View Caroline + Ernie’s wedding day. View Kelsie + TJ’s wedding day.

 

Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography! Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!

 

Dipped my best friend to show Ernie how it was done!

If you’ve had a session or wedding with me, you know that perfecting the dip kiss takes a little work! I direct this pose quite specifically because grooms typically dip the bride a bit too far back so their faces aren’t showing! This was a sweet moment and Caroline’s face cracks me up!

 

Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!

Learned that I walk like the Grinch

I died laughing when I saw this picture for the first time! Unfortunately there are wayyyy too many pictures of me like this, ha! Who knew my posture was so awful?!

 

Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!

Pinned around 60 boutonnieres and only poked one!!

Putting on boutonnieres is actually quite fun for me, because I get to befriend groomsmen and have about 30 seconds to interact with each of them. This builds trust (so long as I don’t poke them, haha!) and I can learn a little about them. This is my best friend’s husband and it was so sweet putting his boutonniere on before their first look!

 

Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!

Consistently jumped out in the road to capture magical portraits 😉

Stop traffic! Run across the road! Do a dip kiss! Run back before getting run over! The adrenaline rush is totally worth it for beautiful portraits like the one below!

 

Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!

 

I sat in a bathroom sink and wiped blood off my foot after someone stepped on me in heels

After it happened, I realized something very slippery on my foot. I looked down and my foot was covered in blood… yuck! I’ve always wanted a battle scar from wedding photography, though. Finally made it to the big leagues.

 

 

Took over from the groom and danced with a few of my brides!

Julie, this was such a fun moment! I love dancing with my brides for a few minutes — it’s a sweet way to wrap up the night, give a hug and realize “you did it!” I really miss my couples after wedding day because we don’t have scheduled times to see each other, so I love dancing at the end of the reception!

 

Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!

 

Photographed a lot of happy, cakey faces

Not many people shove cake in the other’s face these days, but it’s always hilarious when they do! Erika + Sean were super cute at the Sonnet House for this cake cutting! Second shot for Lindsey Drennen.

 

Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!

 

Followed David around as he decided the reception was his prop closet!

I love these two. From putting magnolia leaves in his pocket to eating grapes during a dance line, Katie + David kept me laughing all day. View David + Katie’s Highlands Chapel + Mathews Manor wedding here!

 

Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!

 

Pulled a lot of strange faces… per usual (thanks for still loving me, peeps)

Instant friends. Weird faces (what’s new). Best celebration for the Allains!

 

 

Started off the day dry… ended up drenched. Thank goodness for ponchos!

I can always count on my amazing second shooters to take care of me! Thank you to Alex Wolf, Deidre Lackey and Haley Wright!

 

Got a lot of bubble juice in my hair and thankfully didn’t get set on fire by sparklers!

Pro tip: don’t let your drunk friends hold the sparklers… it never ends well 😉

 

 

Danced to “Yeah!” by Usher about 10 times

Is there anything better, though? It’s my favourite wedding song, if ya didn’t know! I also love photographing weddings where some of my greatest friends are guests! I photographed my first ever wedding with Liz, so it was very surreal to be on the dance floor together after photographing 55+ weddings!

 

Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!

 

Photographed in a robe

It was almost as if I just rolled out of bed… except I was photographing a wedding and in full hair and makeup 😉 Caroline’s wedding day makes me teary, and it was such an honour to serve her as photographer and bridesmaid.

 

Have you seen a groom's pants split during a reception? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!

Got very up close and personal with couples as they kissed…

Sorry, Cam + Tucker! You guys are the bomb! This shot always cracks everybody up… me crawling inside the veil with the two of them while they get very close to kiss and cuddle and laugh. Man, I’m so thankful my clients trust me and choose to make everything fun!

 

Have you ever been under a veil with a bride + groom? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!

 

I grabbed a hairdryer and cooled down the groom on a 95+ degree wedding day

Truly peeps, it was SO HOT. Like, stiflingly hot! Yet, Jimmy + Rachael were incredibly gracious, fun and chose to laugh at all the sweat!

 

 

Almost had a client bitten by a goat.

Seth + Jessalin braved the cow poop and goat-biting attempts for their maternity session!

 

I stepped on seven cacti during this styled shoot in Tempe, Arizona.

Who knew that cacti grew on the ground?! Not me!!! Click here to view this beautiful styled shoot.

 

 

I photographed bridesmaids in a bathtub.

….and it wasn’t weird. Taylor was one of my most adventurous brides and I loved every minute!!

 

Have you ever photographed bridesmaids in a bathtub? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!Have you ever photographed bridesmaids in a bathtub? Find out more behind the scenes of 2019 weddings and sessions with Eleanor Stenner Photography!

 

Yep, this is not a game of two truths and a lie. All those things happened! WHAT A YEAR, you guys. I love reflecting on the amazing wedding days I had the honour of photographing. I love maintaining relationships with my couples and making new friends. This is an incredible job! Thank you again to everyone who entrusted me to spend the best day ever with you!