Back in June of 2012, I photographed a wedding at the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville, NY. This particular wedding was to have taken place ten months earlier, but thanks to Hurricane Irene it had to be postponed. It could not have been postponed to a more beautiful day! The skies were the perfect hue of blue, the weather wasn’t so warm that the groomsmen were sweating in every photograph, and the breeze was just enough to ruffle hair every so often.
For this wedding, I asked my good friend, Matthew Turri, to be my second shooter. I was a bit nervous about the day, and having him there to work with me allowed me to “be in two places at once” so I wouldn’t miss a moment. There were a lot more photos to be given to the couple from more than one angle and this ensured that almost everyone at the party was photographed.
The challenging bit for the day was the sun. The ceremony began at high noon outside, which meant anything in white was in WHITE. I’d counteract by decreasing my aperture (making the amount of light absorbed smaller) and increasing my shutter speed ever so slightly. With the sun almost directly overhead, the lighting on a subject’s face tended to be shaded in certain ways. I brought along my external flash to help light them up so their smiles were just as bright as they seemed off-camera. As the walkway area was dotted with umbrellas to relieve the guests of the sun’s light, they also had a tendency to mix light and dark spots. The external flash helped a lot with this, as did post-production editing.
The moral of the story: bring the external flash, no matter how much sunlight is in the forecast!
The “Best Man” and the Bride-to-Be give themselves a last minute once over before we head outside for some posed group photos.
The bride and the other ladies in the bridal party all had henna either on their hands or on their legs for the ceremony. Henna is traditionally applied 1-3 days prior to the wedding. When you look closely at the bride’s henna, you may be able to spot her husband-to-be’s initials.
Who says your “Best Man” needs to be male?
During group photos, you get a lot of candid moments, and I was so glad to have captured this one.
I really like this photograph. It seems so classic with the sepia and the vignetting.
I’m always happy to photograph non-forced smiles. It seems much more relaxed.
I love the chuppah in the glass behind the happy couple. It looks more like a thought than a presence.
I always like it when I can photograph someone taking a photograph!
The bride gives her approval on the chuppah. The flowers definitely added a wonderful touch.
The robe of the chuppah represents the desire of the happy couple that their future be under the protection and guidance of God.
The Ketubah, or wedding contract, is signed before the actual wedding takes place.
I like this photograph for a few reasons: you can see how detailed the Ketubah is, the husband is seen signing the Ketubah, and the bride is in the background overwhelmed by happiness on her wedding day.
Richard Stein, of Carle Place MS/HS and of ClearSteer Music, played the music at the wedding ceremony.
Originally the couple was to have been married ten months before this date, but Hurricane Irene had other plans. I’m happy to say that the reprieve couldn’t have been more perfect.
The groom and his family wait patiently for the bride’s entrance.
The family grows with their union.
The Rabbi reads from the Ketubah the vows that they have sworn to one another.
I loved the clouds in the sky and wanted to highlight them by removing the color from this shot.
Breaking a glass with his foot to make it official!
Between the ceremony and the reception, I walked around and photographed some of the guests. This particular guest couldn’t get enough of having her photo taken!
Everyone gets involved when the Hora begins!
…even the little ones!
There were many speeches touting the love the couple shared for one another.
The mirror added depth to an already fabulously decorated cupcake display!
I think the groom got his wish today 🙂