“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.
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.
The flowers were hand picked by friends from the bride’s mother’s and aunt’s gardens.
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.
Bride’s dress by Heaven Paris
Bridesmaid’s dress by Adrianna Papell
Accessories Elmquist Jewlers