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Two Cyclists Walk into a Winery…

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Unless noted, All photos (c) 2006 Andrew Kornylak. Please contact me if you would like to license, download, or link to these images.


If your idea of a prenup’ activity is waking at dawn, slipping into your spandex and sitting on a tiny titanium seat for a few hours, you might just be a cyclist.

And if you’re from around here, you probably know elite mountain bike endurance racer Eddie O’Dea and his equally talented cyclist wife Namrita (formerly Kumar), who were married in Dahlonega, Georgia on October 21. I had the pleasure of shooting their wedding – and following them around a morning ride in the epicenter of biking in the South.

My wife rides, and I occasionally get silly on a mountain bike, but still I had never been to Dahlonega, tucked into the North Georgia mountain foothills about 1.5 hours north of Atlanta. I’ll second what every cyclist already knows; this place is sweet leaf.

Creek near Blackstock Vinyeards, Dahlonega, GA

Above: A Creek near Blackstock Vineyards, Dahlonega, GA: Nikon D2X, 17-55mm f/2.8, 1/125 @ f/7.1

After shooting a bachelorette gathering a couple nights before, I arrived before sunup at the Blackstock Vineyard, the site of the ceremony, and where I would meet Eddie and Namrita for their morning ride.

I drove around the area for a while, to get my bearings and a few sunrise shots, so when they showed, I had a route in mind: some rolling stretches and some side-roads with nice scenery.
Namrita and Eddie, Pre-Wedding

Above: Namrita Kumar and Eddie O’Dea, Pre-Wedding: Nikon D2X, 105mm f/2.8 VR, 1/400 @ f/5

At the end of the ride, we ended up at a cabin where Eddie was staying with some friends. While he relaxed and Namrita headed back to her place, I visited the winery to suss out a good portrait location and talk to the vineyard staff, who were all very accomodating and helpful – we set aside a station for me to access power for the laptop, which I brought in case my Hyperdrive HD80 portable hard drive went down (It didn’t).

The ceremony would end just before sunset, and there was a great spot behind the loading dock which would be shaded and show the sunset on the mountains behind the portrait group. Shaded is good, since I planned to light the portraits, and I wanted to keep the light simple and controlled while the sun did its thing.

Namrita and Eddie O’Dea

Above: Namrita and Eddie O’Dea, Blackstock Vineyards, GA: Nikon D2X, 17-55mm f/2.8, 1/250 @ f/5, Profoto 7b
The wedding went smoothly and as usual, was a lot of work and tons of fun. To compete with the hordes of digitally-armed guest shooters at a typical wedding these days (and I’ve been one of them), you’d better expect to get there earlier, be there later and work hard!

You can check out a slideshow of the wedding at



Written by Andrew Kornylak

October 30, 2006 at 6:21 pm

Posted in Photography, weddings

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  1. Hey AK,

    Love the slideshow!


    October 30, 2006 at 11:38 pm

  2. Nice Work. What tool did you create the slideshow with?

    Frank J.

    October 31, 2006 at 4:36 am

  3. Great Stuff


    October 31, 2006 at 3:22 pm

  4. […] shot Eddie many times at 24 hour mountain bike races in the area, and I also photographed their wedding. They are both great looking too (”Is she your wife? You did well!” remarked one guy in […]

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