Each wedding has it's own character and story, like reading a book by a different author about a different kind of people every time. But just like the aria of an opera, each wedding day has its moment of unique drama and romance, which always sings most boastfully, even on the back of my camera. For Dan and Chloe, it was sunset. (Photos toward end of slideshow)
Dan and Chloe's day was stylishly restrained in it's colour palette; simple blush pinks roses were broken up with gypsophila; textural moments were to be found in a tree trunk table centre, or the ornate lace edging on her bridal gown. But this colour palette came most to life when the hard sun dropped and softened, and we left the reception for a quiet remote field just outside the village. Here, the sun had hidden behind a long reaching wispy cloud; the tones were dusky blues with sweeps of soft pink and hints of pastel orange.
The busy noisy bustle of the village pub was inaudible here, and the high colour and energy of the day seemed to be resting gradually into the soft shadows. It was like nature was taking a big exhale,
and I smiled as I watched the couple do the same thing.
This was the aria of the day; where the light really sang out and created the perfect colour backdrop to the couple's day. Stood amidst long grasses and uneven ground, I let them both relax and chat and embrace- a surprisingly rare moment for the bride and groom on their wedding day. They seemed like they had been stood there all evening, alone, part of the sunset, with no rushed intention to leave or move.
Something magic happens to the light at this time, and photographers, be they pro or amateur, all know it. But in poetic terms, it's also a very special moment. Whilst I rolled around in the grass with my camera (do other photographer's always find themselves on the floor like this?!) I thought of this quote, and I fear I cannot do the moment more justice than to recite it here...
"...The pale stars were sliding into their places. The whispering of the leaves was almost hushed. All about them it was still and shadowy and sweet. It was that wonderful moment when, for lack of a visible horizon, the not yet darkened world seems infinitely greater—a moment when anything can happen, anything be believed in..."
Congratulations to Dan and Chloe, who were so trusting in letting me drag them away from their party, through a random field in failing light, to get these photos. I hope you'll agree, it was entirely worth it..
A small tip guys.. trust your wedding photographer and be as enthusiastic as they are- I promise you, you will end up with absolute gold.