Now, both of the Umstead events were outdoor ceremonies, but of course many weddings take place indoors, whether in impressive architectural wonders or in simple settings. Naturally it is part of the documentary process to capture some of the memorable characteristics of the surroundings, at the same time that the people and events are the main focus. I've enjoyed covering weddings at Duke Chapel, and it's a fine challenge to do justice to the majesty of the building itself, but it's also rewarding to capture, in the brief time generally available, the charm and detail of a simple country church, a period home turned bed and breakfast, or even a living room put into service for nuptials.
Modest church wedding:
An impressive backdrop for a reception portrait:
A gazebo in a neighborhood park can be as beautiful as anyplace for a wedding ceremony.
Dilshad and Michael's album cover included a beautiful garden corner that was part of the back yard venue for their reception.
Here's just a taste of the living room ceremony.
I've already shown a couple of photos from Tatiana and Roger's wedding at the Umstead Hotel in my
Potpourri Week post, but here's one that is just wide enough to evoke some of the atmosphere of that crisply beautiful fall evening, with the surrounding woods adding to the romance.
So what matters most? Well, everything matters in wedding photography, but emotions rule the day, so I suppose that in whatever ways the physical surroundings color the feelings of all the participants, the photographer should try to be sensitive to those effects and incorporate them into the total package.