Probably the highlight of our summer thus far has been shooting Shaun and Julie Umscheid’s wedding. Why? Because it took place at a demolition derby.
Now Shaun and Julie have been avid fans of this sport, and are quite popular in the demo derby circuit around these parts. So, it only made sense to have their ceremony before the Vulcan Demolition Derby back in July.
Brides and grooms strive to have a day that reflects who they truly are, and the Umscheid’s certainly reached that benchmark! Shaun and a few of the groomsmen were even entered in the derby, taking home some of the top prize money to boot.
We started the day documenting the bride getting ready, and there was a fantastic abandoned yard nearby. Julie’s hobby (or shall we say, obsession) or re-purposing vintage items. You can find out more about that on her Facebook page. Given her cool hobby/obsession, she knew the abandoned yard very well, and we shot the ladies in and around the house.
Now, fast-forward to the ceremony, and the bridal party made a memorable entrance. The stands were full of people, and the gents roared into the ring with the bridesmaids riding on the exterior of the cars (remember, these are derby cars – only one seat!). A berm surrounded the field for safety, so each pair walked a sheet of plywood over the berm and onto a flat-deck trailer.
The reception was nothing short of amazing. Remember Julie’s hobby/obsession? Well, she decorated the entire hall with her re-purposed items. From the backdrop behind the head table made up of old doors, to a photo booth area where guests could take iPhone selfies, and a one-of-a-kind reclaimed metal tile serving as a guest book, she had every detail down.
I absolutely loved working with the Umscheid’s, they are a fun-loving, cool couple, and it was an honour to be part of their day – and to work with them again! Shaun had actually recruited me last year to shoot at another demo derby…..the one where he proposed to Julie.