They never could quite find the right venue for their wedding. They wanted it to be different. They just didn't see themselves in any sort of traditional wedding setting. So, they finally decided on getting married at the sports park- DURING THE WARRIOR DASH. Warrior Dash is a boot-camp-like extreme obstacle course race that includes mud, water, crawling, fire-jumping, and a few miles of intense trails.
Bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, and siblings all participated in the warrior dash that day, all with custom shirts.
I showed up that morning thinking that I could stand on the side and just take pictures of the obstacles out in the open, but I didn't realize that the trails were in the woods. And, I'm not really a "sit back and watch" kind of girl. So, I took off with them, media pass around my neck and crocs on my feet. I took only a few shortcuts through the trails, and I didn't do the obstacles, but I made it through the whole course and even got some mud on my pants and my camera holster bag.
|When a bridesmaid drops out at the last minute, you give your body builder uncle her tank top.|
After running the course, a very muddy wedding party, bride and groom, and Emily's dad assembled in front of about a thousand unknown people to have a wedding ceremony. They threw the bouquet and garter out into the crowd of muddy single ladies and guys. Then, they took mud-covered family pictures.
I have to admit- although I wasn't expecting to run the entire course, I WILL be doing it next year with my sister! It was intense but doable. I had a blast. And, if anyone decides to get married at the warrior dash again, I'll have that as part of my photographic resume.
PS- Later on that night, the group cleaned up and had a reception at Old Centenary Inn, complete with a CLEAN wedding dress and the works. A post will be coming for that one...