Photographers are often asked what camera settings were used to create a particular image. I have heard of one famous photographer responding to this question with "f8 and be there!"
Knowing how to use your gear is highly recommended, but it is often more important to find the opportunities as they present themselves.
Here is an opportunity which presented itself at a wedding earlier this year. Priceless.
I trust this image will be a long time family favourite, and that gives me warm fuzzies, equally priceless.