In September ’09, I photographed my sister-in-law’s wedding.
Days before, Hubby and I took a leisurely drive to check out the church and reception hall. I took images of possible photo spots at both locations and on the drive in between. I took shots from different angles and view points, walked all around the grounds and some near-by property. We had a lot of fun exploring.
I fully recommend making the time to do this — it is more than worth the extra effort to scout out a location. At your foreseen location take a few shots — get comfortable with the locale before the event. You won’t regret it.
Here follow a few photos of the setting sans happy couple and then that same setting during the actual day of event.
Above is a pile of wood slats that seemed interesting, earthy and rustic. These same slats can be seen in the bottom half of the resulting portrait.
Below left, is a partially painted blue door on the side of the church building. It added a nice splash of color and some open shade, because it was bright out when we were taking portraits before the ceremony.
In front of the church there was this long and winding drive way that was surrounded by lush green lawn. I envisioned them walking hand in hand while leisurely strolling up it. Check! 🙂 This photo was taken between the ceremony and reception. The light was really nice during that time.