Wedding: Hilary & Jesse
Last year I was thrilled to meet Hilary and Jesse when we shot their engagement session. It was clear these two were madly in love and didn’t mind telling the world! They struck me as warm, creative and affirmative people, which I absolutely love to photograph because this usually means natural and unique images! The E-session was less than a mile from their wedding venue and both 2 miles from my house! Hilary and Jesse were married at the Sleepy Hollow Inn, up in the hills of beautiful Huntington, VT. Rain clouds taunted us most of the day and eventually arrived with a little mini-storm before dinner. But all were having the time of their lives, especially the bride and groom who appeared unfazed by weather and were happy to experience all that the day brought to them. I felt grateful to be here among Hilary and Jesse’s all-too-happy friends and family!
Hilary had a personal had in much of the decor, table settings and other details. Such a creative gal, I just loved their simple yet elegant table settings and floral effects.
I love a bride that doesn’t mind me stealing her dress for a few minutes! This allows me to get a bit more creative when photographing it.
The above shot is an example of how you can sometimes provide your own light in a creative way. The dressing room was flatly lit with only a few lamps and it was difficult to get any sense of mood with the existing light. I placed my remote flash on the other side of Hilary and the make-up artist. It had a warm gel on it to blend in with existing light. I then kept the flash power low enough to mix well with my on-camera flash which was pointed straight up, bouncing off the ceiling. The on-camera flash lit the scene evenly while the remote flash created a warm, backlit “rim light” on Hilary as she prepared. I think the mood here is much more flattering than the existing light and tells the story more effectively.
Looking at the sky and pondering a move to the pavilion instead of the open air. We settled on the pavilion due to threatening clouds. Both were beautiful spots.
9 guys struggling with suspenders before a wedding was too perfect not to photograph! Any shot that has interesting tonal contrast, minimal color interest, or loud distracting color is often converted to black and white. This shot looked more classic and timeless with this treatment.
She’s not excited or anything
The 1st look, outside in front of the barn. They were enamored, a joy to photograph, just like their engagement session from last fall. The bridesmaids looked on from the porch.
The pavilion at the barn is stunning and was an equally unique spot for the ceremony! Lighting was challenging when the cloud cover increased, but here I shot using the available light only.
The ceremony was like none I’ve seen before, filled with thoughtful symbolism, loving words from family, and the singing voices of all in attendance! So great!
The didn’t waste any time getting their cocktails!
Yes, they did this! Those smiles are so real, and contagious!
A simply gorgeous cake by Clarke Couture Cakes.
We took advantage of the remaining light and stepped outside for some family photos, and short walk around the grounds with Jesse and Hilary. They loved it all, including the gentle rain falling on their shoulders.
Here’s another instance where I found the use of off-camera flash to be effective in setting a mood. By this time the light in the pavilion was very low so I had to use my on-camera flash as a bounce off the ceiling and the off-camera flash provided a beautiful backlight on the couple. This made what might have been a grainy, boring image into a beautiful, moody portrait of the couple’s first dance!
It was a pleasure to shot for Hilary and Jesse! I always love to capture the madly in love and not all couples express it as naturally as these two, it really makes my job easy. Thanks you two!
— Posted on November 21, 2012 at 5:54 am