Post # 1
FI and are have just started our wedding planning, (we got engaged on 9/9/10). We’re currently looking at venues and I’ve fallen in love with an indoor ceremony space in a historic building. The space is very large and FI and my mom are concerned it might be too big. However I have a very concrete vision for it that i think will really make it work. I want to keep the lights very very dim, (just enough for guests to see). I want to line the aisle with candles and have the front area/huppah/alter be spotlighted. So really the space will be more or less dark with the exception of the aisle and front
They just can’t picture it. I know I’ve seen beautiful pictures of this look on line but now that i’m searching I can’t find anything. Could you please help me find some pictures of this sort of look so I can show them to my FI and mom. thanks so much ladies!
PS. Here are some pictures of the space bare and set up for a ceremony, (but not lit the way i’m envisioning (sorry the pics are huge)
looking towards the back of the room
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Post # 5
hmmm I like the idea and I’m sure you can find the right pictures to bring them around to the idea too.
I found these pictures
(Edited to take out picture someone already shared!)
and the picture below from this blog
and this photographers blog post about a “VERY dark” wedding
One thing you might want to keep in mind is that you’ll probably want the photographer to get pictures of your guests during the ceremony (or want them to be able to read a program?), and they might not have enough light on their face to avoid using a flash (which I think would be really distracting). You might consider having the guests carry candles (maybe tie it in to some sort of unity candle ceremony)
clearly I have too much free time on my hands… hope these help!
Post # 6
Sounds beautiful, and the photos that people have shared are lovely. You said you wanted it to be just barely bright enough for guests to see; that would definitely be a bit darker than what we see in these photos, which show a warm soft glow throughout a good part of the room. If you get much darker than that, your photographer might have quite a challenge, as it’s always difficult to photograph people moving in low light without them appearing blurry. And you’ll probably be moving, if even just a slight move of your head, for most of the ceremony. So I suggest you consider going a bit brighter than “guests can barely see,” but these photos are evidence that low light can produce beautiful images. I also suggest experimenting a lot with candles in the room, or a similar room, as you might be surprised by how much light they give off. That way you can determine the number of candles that will produce the look you want. It’ll probably be best to have a thick cluster of candles at the front, to create the spotlit sort of effect that will draw attention forward. Be sure to consider, though, that you’ll want a good number of candles or other light sources on all sides of where you and your fiance will stand, because if they’re only up at the altar then you’ll appear backlit from your guests’ perspective. You probably want them to be able to see more than silhouettes of you.
Post # 7
Thanks Ladies. I absolutely love the pictures, especially the very first one posted. Great advise on having enough light for photography. I didn’t think about that. But I think the level of light in the first pictures is enough for photography right?