On September 12th, Matt and Heather Koehler were set to get married in Michigan. Just before they were about to walk down the aisle, they found out that the photographer that they had hired to shoot their wedding was a no-show. With nothing else to do but move forward, they went through the rest of their wedding without a professional photographer.
When Dana Gruszynski, a photographer from Bay City, Michigan, heard the Koehler's story, she immediately knew she wanted to do something for them. "I'm not married, but I've done my fair share of weddings. I love weddings and am a hopeless romantic," Gruszynski told mlive. "I can't imagine not having a professional photographer there to capture the most important day of a bride's life." Gruszynski contacted Koehler and they sat down for coffee, where she offered to do a "stylized bridal shoot," free of charge. What she didn't tell her was that she planned to reenact the wedding day. Gruszynski reached out to Koehler's sister, who helped contact all of the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and family members. She contacted a local florist, who donated nearly identical bouquets free of charge and found a friend, who was a talented baker, to recreate the cake.
On the day of the shoot, Gruszynski had all of the guests park around the corner. When Koehler and her husband arrived, Gruszysnki handed her the bouquet and the tears started flowing.
It's so awesome to see a photographer reach out and do something like this. If you ever wanted an example of when you should work for free as a photographer, this is a great one. I love seeing photographers use their work to help have a positive effect on someone's life. It really shows the value of our trade and how powerful it can be. Gruszynski wrote a great behind the scenes blog post about the Koehler's story that you can view for further detail on the day.
All images used with permission from Dana Gruszynski