Our Badass Wedding Photographer

In my admittedly biased opinion, our wedding photographer is one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. Eric Mencher is a photojournalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and in the past 17 years at the Inky he’s covered the gamut–plenty of wars, famines, natural disasters, and little league baseball games. On his website he’s got pictures from his trips to Havana, Spain, France and elsewhere. Oh yeah, there are wedding photos, too. How often, I ask, is it that you find a wedding photographer who’s personally shot Fidel Castro? Or that has been in a half dozen war zones? To quote from the Inky’s year-old bio of Mencher:

He has covered regional, national and international assignments, including the civil war in Chechnya, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, the post-apartheid era in South Africa and most recently the strife in Colombia, South America.

We’re beyond thrilled that he’s willing to do our wedding. And, as if that wasn’t cool enough, he’s giving us the photo negatives, too — a sweet deal that brings down the total cost of his services to about $2,000. I can’t imagine why people ever go with professional wedding photags who charge by the print. Those mofos need a serious beat down. Maybe we should send them with Eric next time he goes to Rwanda.

I suppose that it’s unrealistic to think that Ana will allow photos of our guests reenacting a military coups d’etat or the siege of Fallujah. But still, when you take a look at Eric’s recent prizewinning photo of an urban steamy setting (below), you almost want it to rain during our wedding — just so we can get one of these shots!

–This photo won honorable mention, in the category of still pictorial photojournalism, at the 2004 NPAA awards.