In my aim to keep a direct and present experience at Burning Man, I took just one older camera in a sealed bag with the intent to break out only in the case of extreme urgency. That urgent feeling came mid-week when I heard about an impromptu wedding ceremony arising from campmates.
Nobody around camp knew I was a wedding photographer back home. The first time I met Fidget went something like-
Jeremy: oh, hi, I’m Jeremy *hugs* I heard you are getting married on the playa, if you have any interest I would like to give photography to your wedding.
Fidget: uhhh *picks jaw off ground* YES, you have no idea!
‘The playa provides’ is a saying you hear often at Burning Man; you are far from conventional civilization in an uninhabitable desert where- quite sincerely- the only innate resource is dust, and yet somehow everything always works out and somewhere on the playa is an abundance of what you need- most mysteriously finding its way right to you. Fidget told me later about the serendipity of my offer and how she loves photography more than most people think is normal but was too shy to ask around for what she wanted.
So a family of dusty friends and strangers gather around a larger than life fuzzy pink heart to witness Fidget and Pancake share vows infused with adventurous stories, grateful tears, and loads of laughter. Here are my favorite 25 photographs from the 25 minutes I spent with my camera during all of Burning Man: