I'm going to make this brief, but in short, the "official" photographer has a Digital Rebel, the kit lens, and a 430EXII flash with a Sto-fen bounce. I don't know if he had extra batteries, flash cards or anything else. In his defense, he did have a shot list, and he definitely showed he had some experience with setting up group poses. However, when the bride (My close friend) was getting ready to walk down the aisle, the official photogs camera had some sort of a malfunction, and he quickly asked me to step into his position and get the shots of the bride walking down the aisle. As the reception was getting underway the bride came up to me and said the official photographer wanted to do a staged exit to get the photos so he could leave, and she asked if I was staying till the end. I told her I was staying and would take the pictures. I was having a blast, shooting hundreds of photos at the reception. The other photographer also came up to me to see if I was staying to get the shots of the bride and groom leaving, I told him I was, and that was the last I saw him. (I'll add that I don't know what he had agreed to shoot for the bride, or if he had a contract, but, I made the decision that in my business of shooting weddings, I will stay from start to finish). By the end of the night, both the bride and groom, and several guests were telling me that I saved the wedding, and that I was much better then the other photographer. I like to think that it says a lot about the amount of work I have put into preparing to shoot weddings. But it was also a little luck, a little good fortune, and good business.