I offered to shoot my first wedding at the first of the year for some friends. My goal is to eventually be a wedding photographer, but I know I still have a ways to go before I can ever advertise myself as such. I was very open with the bride and groom beforehand about my limitations (specifically gear), but if I didn't do it then they would have likely had a bunch of cell phone snap shots for their memories.
A little more background, this was a VERY low budget wedding organized by members of our church community in about two weeks. All decorations were donated, cake and flowers (bouquet, boutonnieres, etc.) made and donated by a church member, and the wedding was held in our church because it was a free place to do it. If any of you are familiar with churches for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you'll know they are NOT great places for photography. The whole wedding, except for a few ring shots, was shot using my Nikon D5200 with the 50mm 1.8G lens and a Yongnuo 568-EX speedlight. Posed shots had the speedlight off camera on a stand shooting through a white umbrella while the preparation, ceremony, and reception had the flash on camera using a Rogue Flashbender. I know I committed a major photography sin, but I had just purchased the speedlight and modifiers (Rogue, stand, umbrella, triggers, batteries) just a week before the wedding so I didn't have much experience with them.
I would love some good CC on how to improve my technique. Yes, I found out quickly how crazy and fast paced a wedding day can be, but the photographer is still expected to get results. Please don't CC on my website...I know it needs a lot of work. Thanks in advance!