In a very nice hotel room suite at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, a quiet little ceremony took place that was kind of a big deal. At least, I thought it was. I don’t know the whole story of these two, but at some point long in the past, Buzz and Chong went separate ways, only to be rejoined after all these years. Their families were there, their friends and of course, this photographer.
One thing I like to think about when I shoot events such as a wedding or this ceremony, are the stories behind them. As photographers, we are suddenly inserted into these stories without really knowing what’s come before or what may happen after. Sure, we definitely have friends that we end up shooting when we indeed know the history behind it all, but most of the time we’ll be shooting strangers and only get snippets of their stories from meetings and then the shoot.
I knew very little about what was happening here other than two people being re-married. Chong’s daughter Lindsey filled me in a bit, but there wasn’t a ton of time to get the whole scoop. But what I didn’t know I found out when it came time to say their vows. Chong was about to start hers and then the tears came and it took her a few minutes to be able to keep going.
This was a big deal.
I had a blast hanging with this family and meeting everyone. I’m awful with remembering names, especially with a group of people I’ve never met before, but they were incredibly friendly, warm and inviting. I’m just so happy for them all because I’m sure this was such a huge moment for the entire family.
Good luck to Buzz and Chong Monet. And yes…his name was Buzz Monet. He’s from France and is the last surviving Monet in America he said. I just couldn’t get over what an awesome name that was.
Finally, a quickie thank you to Gina Meola for referring this family to me. She’s an amazingly giving person and I appreciate the opportunity. And thank you Lindsey for inviting me to be a part of this.
Canon 5d Mark II
Canon 35mm 1.4
Canon 50mm 1.4
Gary Fong Light Sphere