NYC Wedding Photographer who can’t resist

“With a Little Help from My Friends”

“My wedding was a huge labor of love,” gushed the enthusiastic new bride, and former Gruber Photographers intern. Newlyweds Cameron and Gary Zieff are beyond grateful for their friends and family who went the extra mile in ensuring their day was seamless. Their wedding was not DIY wedding but rather DIT – “do it together.”

Terry Gruber and his wife Claudia were guests of Cameron and Gary. The couple had hired a local photographer but Terry still felt the urge to bring his Leica M for the weekend. Terry’s love of wedding photography was born 30 years earlier while attending his college friends’ weddings as a guest – his plus one being his Leica M6 camera. While observing special moments that he could not ignore, he started taking pictures and giving them to his friends as wedding presents.  This marked the beginning of his career as a wedding photographer.

A wedding in rural Minnesota was a welcome change of pace from Terry’s typical urban, museum or hotel wedding. Photographing without being paid to do so, and for a great friend, was both fun and inspiring. “Honestly it felt like I was 22 years old again! No client, no responsibility, no list, just pure passion” said Terry.

Here are some “With a Little help from Terry” photos.

Minnesota rustic barn wedding

The bride and groom had family and friends shipped in for a giant picnic planning session. The barn that hosted the reception took 10 days of shoveling, pick axes, power washing, and patching to remove all evidence of the working barn that it had always been.

Wedding flowers hand picked from a garden

The flowers were hand picked by friends from the bride’s mother’s and aunt’s gardens.

Life is the flower for which love is the honey

The bride and groom wanted all of their favorite Minnesota deserts to be served. They had Rhubarb Tort, Pumpkin Pie, Plum Pies, Apple Pies, and Better then Sex cakes made by the mother of the bride and the bride’s sister in-law. The cousin of the bride and people from her mother’s church also provided apple pies.

Horse Minnesota wedding Baby on a McCormick Farmall Tractor Wedding guests sitting on bales of hay Here comes the bride Minnesota wedding Bride and groom after they said I do Bride and her bridesmaids in Minnesota

Bride’s dress by Heaven Paris

Bridesmaid’s dress by Adrianna Papell

Accessories Elmquist Jewlers

Black and white candid of the bride and her bridesmaids Amazing moment with the bride and her family Cowboy silhouette Little girl playing in a barn in Minnesota Father daughter dance under the lights in a barn Minnesota Barn Wedding Venue

8 Responses to “NYC Wedding Photographer who can’t resist”

  1. Jeremiah Johnson

    Cameron is my little sister, this was one of my favorite days. Thank you Terry for sharing your passion and reminding about how special it really was.


  2. Curtis Shuck, Uncle to the Bride.

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures, I grew up at that farm, lots of memories there, but this is very special!!! Thank you so much!!!

  3. Amy Combs

    Thank you for these beautiful pictures of my daughters wedding!! It was a very memorable day!!!

  4. Freyda Zieff

    Loved the photos which reminded me of how beautiful this wedding was and the joy Norton and I experienced in the company of Cameron’s wonderful family and fiends. It was a very special day for us. We will treasure it always. Freyda and Norton.

  5. Norton Zieff

    Great pictures I am a pro bandleader and reed player , I did play for the bride and father first dance , ,do you have a photo of that N Zieff.

  6. Amy Combs

    I am Cameron’s mother. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures and the article. The wedding day and the months before were phenomenal. So much love and sweat, and so worth it!!!


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