(Closed) Has anyone gotten married right after sunset?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
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  • Wedding: September 2012

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christineml :  I can tell you as a wedding photographer, you need a very well lit ceremony site if you plan for it to be after sunset. Can your photographer use a flash? Yes, but it’s really not as simple as that….plus you don’t want to be distracted by flashes going off throughout your ceremony. Even if you can do a lot of string lights overhead to give some ambient light that will help a lot. I know for myself, I always bring in lighting for receptions, but flashses on lightstands that are going off all night long are way less distracting during a reception when everyone is up and moving vs a ceremony where the focus should be on the couple. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it definitely is something that would take a lot of planning and lighting.

Twilight might as well be considered dark from a photography standpoint – and so artificial light would be necessary.

I definitely would suggest a First Look and getting the majority of your couple and family photos done prior to the ceremony. Artifical and Off Camera Lighting (OCF) can be really beautiful, and I love using it for my sunset and evening photos, but it’s not something that is really means for ALL your photos. The subject has to be in the exact correct spot in relation to the light, so you don’t get the same kind of variety or casual feel as you do with natural light photos where you can freely move around.

I had a wedding in DC that was basically night when it started, in the courtyard of the St. Regis. It was pretty dark, but thankfulluy there was enough ambient light to make it work.

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