It is always interesting to note the many ways we meet our brides. When we were still hailing from Lebanon, our studio was on the historic public square, and conveniently right next door to the town’s Bank of America. So whenever I needed to run and make deposits or attend to banking matters, it was very easy just to walk over one building. You get used to seeing the same people, of course, and one of those people was Christina, who is one of the tellers there. For the most part, it was usually a quick “Hi, how are you today?”, do my thing, and off I go.
An interesting story happened, though, that I have to share. One time I took a check in to deposit and worked with another teller that day. The check was already a nice amount as it was, but imagine my surprise when I am walking back to the studio and realize somehow, some way, the system had inadvertently added five…yes count ‘em…five zeros to the end of the number! Being the honest person that I am, I experienced the most natural reaction anyone in my situation would have had….I jumped for joy and thought of all the fun photography toys I could buy! LOL! Yeah yeah….you know you would do it too! But no, seriously, after the moment of glee subsided and logic and reasoning set back in, I called them up to point out the mixup. Lo and behold I ended up talking to Christina, and after the shock and horror (on their end) ceased, we kidded about it, and they promptly re-issued an updated deposit slip. :( After that, we became more conversational and would share our latest goings-on.
So, fast-forward about a year later. We were in the process of moving to Nashville, but ended up back in the Lebanon Bank of America and saw her. She informed me her daughter was getting married. Great! I gave her some information and a business card, and she said she’d pass it along. She had also let me know that her daughter worked at the Hermitage Bank of America (which is right down the road from our new house!). Not long after, I had to make a trip to set up a new account, so I went to Brianna’s BOA. Had my meeting, did my thing, and then asked if she was handy. She came out and I got to introduce myself, wished her well and off we went. I found out later that she had been having a horrible day, and when they told her someone was asking for her, she thought it might be a disgruntled customer! So I’m happy to have relieved her of that worry.
Sure enough, a few weeks later we talked and got together, and they invited us to photograph their wedding this year. But I smile when I think of what an unconventional path we used to get to that point. And of course, a lesson for any photographers out there…if your bank ever gives you a lot of money for free, point it out to them, because you never know….you just might get a new client out of it, and that is worth far more! :)
These images were taken recently downtown, in and around our studio, on a crisp winter morning. We had a great time getting to know Cole, and working with the couple together for the first time. He works quite a distance away in another city, so we’re glad we were able to schedule their shoot on a day he was in town. Look for wedding images later this year in May!