As a wedding photographer with a $150 starting fee, you really get the “salt of the earth” couples. (“Salt of the earth” is one of those euphemisms you use when saying anything else will get you in trouble.) Those weddings were a lot more exciting and unpredictable than the ones I did later in my career, where people were spending $100,000 just on the flowers. When you’re spending $100,000 on flowers, you pay a lot of people a lot of money to make sure everything else goes smoothly.
When you’re getting married in a gym, well, anything goes.
There was one early wedding where the groom’s ex-girlfriend showed up at the church uninvited. In fact, she did more than just show up. I remember hearing someone yell, ...