So, first off, I want to wish my cousin Jordan and his new bride, Taylor, a BIG congratulations! They’re such a beautiful couple.
Alrighty then. I can’t wait to show you the photos from my cousins’ wedding reception! I’m so excited about it all. The wedding was lovely, just lovely.
Note: Details (and a quick story) are at the end of the post.
The wedding reception:
The reception began at roughly 5:30 PM, so the windows (there were so many windows!) let in a lot of good light. On top of that, the decorators had strung Christmas lights in the windows, and when the sun set, there was a pretty bokeh in the background. Gorgeous.
Wedding music blared from a speaker system by the door, and guests chatted freely as they stood in line for a provided supper. Taylor, the bride, showed off the converse sneakers she was wearing under her wedding dress, and one of the photographers adjusted the train, which was eventually pinned up on the dress’s skirt. Eventually, the short speeches and toasts came, and the dancing began.
Jordan and Taylor’s first dance was so cute! After all the dances, many of the guests, including myself and my mom, danced to the Cupid Shuffle…To the left, to the left…
My little brother says the bridesmaids should have worn something other than flip-flops because everyone would step on their toes when they danced.
Details for Jordan and Taylor’s Reception:
I took it slow because this was my first time actually photographing a wedding reception. Of course, I wasn’t hired to be the wedding photographer, but it’s normal for anyone with an iPhone or camera to take photos nowadays, so I hopped right in. Because I’m an introvert (and I didn’t want to get in the real photographer’s way), I mainly used my 70-300mm telephoto lens during the dancing. However, my family chose a table near the one where the bride and groom sit, so I also used my kit lens, an 18-55mm, for some of the photos of the table.
The f-stop (AKA aperture) on my 18-55mm only goes down to f/3.5, and the telephoto is worse, so when the sun went behind the buildings and only the light from the chandeliers in the room remained, the noise/grain in my photos went up that much. However, noise can be remedied somewhat by converting the photo to black and white. It’s a win-win, because many wedding photos are converted to black and white (you see this in baby portraits also). But I definitely need to get a lens with a lower f-stop in the future.
When the dancing began, I moved to a vacant seat at our table so I could get a better vantage point. There were columns around the dance floor, so I didn’t want them in the way. The first photo in this post is so sweet because, as they were dancing, Jordan and Taylor swooped over and kissed each other. I posted this photo and others on my Instagram account, (@megan_diversereflections). Aren’t they just adorable?
A little by-the-way: After the reception and many of the guests had given their congratulations and left, I asked both Jordie and Taylor if I could use these photos for my blog. I don’t suppose that’s necessary in every case, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. There are also slips of paper called Model Releases which are handy when taking photos of kids or semi-famous people. It’s basically like this: I, (signature of parent, etc), give permission for (photographer’s name) to use these photos for contests, state fairs, etc.
You could make a short list of everything you want to take photos of. I liked taking photos of the newlyweds’ table with all the sparkling water and wine glasses, and I definitely wanted the dancing. Some shots, however, cannot be planned, in the case of the photo of both Jordan and his brother propping their heads up with their fists. And when they were dancing together? Hilarious and maybe a tad sweet, too.
Hope you enjoyed all the photos! What do you like about wedding photography? Tell me in the comments below!