So about 5 days ago, a friend of mine told me that his older sister was getting married and that his mom wanted me to be the photographer for the wedding. I know how important such an event is, and since I'm not a professional and have no experience shooting a wedding (let alone the proper equipment), I told him that I strongly believed that he should hire someone who was more experienced and capable than I was at photographing the wedding. I've read on these forums before about how weddings are very demanding, and one member even mentioned that he heard of friendships being ruined over bad wedding photographs. I mentioned this to him, but he just told me that I didn't even know his older sister so it wouldn't matter and that it was only going to be a very very small wedding (the groom's side of the family wasn't going to be present). I spoke to his younger sister, who is also my friend, and tried to convince her to hire someone who knew what they were doing as well, but she said that it wasn't going to be a big deal and that they only wanted some nice family shots to remember the event and perhaps some shots of the bride and groom outdoors. I agreed and told them that I would have no problem doing the wedding if they couldn't find anyone else to do it. So it looks like I'm going to be photographing the event. As you can see, I'm in quite a dilemma and have to learn and prepare for the event very soon. I have some questions as to the gear I should look into. I own a Nikon D5000, a 35mm 1.8, an 8 GB SD card, and no flashes. I'll definitely need to purchase extra SD cards, but how many? I'd look into flashes, but I have no experience operating them. As for the lenses, I'll probably need to rent some, but which ones should I look into for this small wedding? I like the 35mm, but it's really only best suited for very close portraits, and I'd like to capture more of the body (the dress included) while still having a nice out of focus background. Would I be able to achieve this with an 85mm 1.8? I'm considering this lens because of its price, but perhaps I could attempt to rent a 135mm f/2. I'm leaning towards purchasing prime lenses. Thoughts? And I apologize for the long post. Edit: I forgot to mention that the event is on January 1, 2011. Yes, 1/1/11, tehe.