It was early in the afternoon when I met Donna and Jiten for a coffee and a chat. I usually only meet couples on the evening so it made for a nice change to get out of the studio and into a bit of early spring sunlight.
We were talking and, I think it was Donna who casually mentioned that they were going to have their reception first and then their ceremony. I remember thinking that a sunset wedding sounds cool, some golden light coming through trees and the sun setting in the background. I made a mental note to make sure that we shot their portraits first while there was still light and then the family portraits.
I may have mentioned something to that effect when Donna said that the ceremony will be after sunset. Errm, ok, I’ve done some indoor weddings which were pretty killer bee. This one however was going to be outside, Donna and Jiten are both vets and they wanted to get married in nature. I was nodding, probably a little too nervously at this point. I blame it on the three espresso I’ve had in last two hours. I could bring some flashes, not what I’m known for but I’ve done many years in studio photography and I can light up pretty much anything.
Donna gave that smile of hers and dropped the final hurdle, she didn’t want any artificial light, only candles. I smiled back, so to recap, you want a nighttime wedding, after dark, lit by candles, outdoors, and you want all your portraits and ceremony shots without any artificial light? I smiled and may have said, makes for a nice change.
Weeks later, during their portrait shoot, Donna turns to Jiten and laughs “I was going to dip you during the first kiss, you stole my thunder.” He smiles back and she grins back and dips him in the candle light … All good stories should end this way.
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