Some family friends hired me to travel to my home state of Wisconsin to photograph their daughter Amanda’s wedding to Derek at the Golden Mast Restaurant on the shores of Okauchee Lake, just outside Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. It’s always nice to get back home for some Midwest hospitality……and a gigantic thunder storm! This was one of the biggest surprises of my career when a loud crack of lighting cut the power to the entire area for 6 hours! The original plan was an outdoor wedding (which you can see the original setup behind the bride and groom below). Of course this was impossible for safety reasons so we moved everything inside. Despite this incredible challenge the lack of indoor lighting created, the images turned out beautifully. In several ways, I think this turn of events created magical photographs, especially during the reception which took place entirely by candlelight. It was a challenging wedding for all but it was an astounding success. The staff at the Golden Mast was particularly amazing as they performed the entire wedding, including feeding hundreds of guests without any power at all.