Last weekend we had the opportunity to once again photograph a wedding at the gorgeous Antrim 1844 Inn. The weather was a little dicey for the end of March, but the surroundings are the perfect back drop for artistic photography. We have photographed at Antrim 1844 several times; in the winter, summer, and once for a reference photo for a painting ( the painting won as a finalist in the Art Renewal Center International Competition. )
The couple are both doctors and had about 120 guests, many from the bride’s home country of Argentina. Can I just say that the people from that country are stunning, especially the bride!
Above is a portrait of the bride in the bridal suite. Don’t you just love the toile wall paper and Art in the back ground?
I have to say that the dress the bride is wearing is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, not to mention she has the figure to carry it off well.
Some of us really love to see the detail pictures that tell the story of the day in an artistic way.
Above is a lovely naturally lit portrait of the bride in the main receiving room. Love how Mark positioned her so there were lots of C shapes in the composition.
Getting ready – having her makeup done.
I love mirrors!
Cecilia received getting ready help from unexpected sources, and who would have known that such gorgeous legs were hiding under the bridal gown!
The flowers were just gorgeous, mainly roses and hydrangeas ( both of which are my personal favorites.)
Above is the bride on her way to meet her groom at the altar. Love the gentlemen peeking out behind the door. We enjoy creating intersting images using off camera flash. I had a flash firing on the bottom of the stairs toward the brides face as I shot from above.
Above are the bride and groom after the ceremony ready to do some shooting of just the two of them.
Family photos above. A very proud father kisses the bride.
I approach every wedding as an opportunity to create fine art and explore all the possibilities. Even when the off camera flash doesnt fire, we make the best of it!
Enjoying the speeches. Notice the reflection in back and how the image gets so soft in the background. This is a special technique accomplished by using very wide apertures. I even had an off camera flash firing behind the couple though Im not sure if it is evident in this shot.
No wedding is complete without a toast!
Everyone enjoyed the dance floor and I enjoyed capturing the moments with dramatic off camera flash lighting.
Details and more details!
The couple decided for the first dance to perform a tango. The bride had to change into another dress for the purpose of maneuverability. The off camera flash effect used in the tango photo is one of my favorite techniques to create drama using rim lighting. It almost looks like the bride and groom were posing for this shot but this was not a pose, rather the image was taken during the actual dance performance at the anrtim 1844 wedding.
Above, dramatic off camera flash back lighting the bridal gown positioned to lead in to the lit fountain in the background.
Above, dramatic off camera flash up-lighting the umbrella, and the couple positioned between the two lamp post lights with the reception in the background. I wanted just a slight amount of the reception house to show in the background and emphasized the violet lights seen in the windows.
The two photos above demonstrate the art of using off camera flash, which is a difficult thing to master and is becoming a lost art in this world of digital and iPhone photography.
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