Post # 1
Hello – The wedding venue we’re looking at is in the Philadelphia area and our date would be 10/13/18. We can’t start the ceremony until 6:30pm because it’s a museum and open until 6pm. Sunset on that day is at 6:25pm. I’m worried we’ll basically be getting married in the dark because we are doing a fully outdoor wedding! I know there will be some twilight time, my guess is 30 minutes, but I’m not sure how ideal that is either. When I google sunset wedding I get mostly beach pictures, but the location is inland so I can’t really tell how crazy this is of a plan?! The other date options are in September but then we lose the color of the fall leaves and there is a higher chance of rain.
Has anyone gotten married directly after sunset? Any advice?
Thanks in advance!
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Post # 2
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.
Post # 3
Thanks so much for the response, @starfish0116! I was definitely thinking string lights…and some lighting along the pathways for seating. I’m just worried it won’t be enough and our pictures will come out super dark or guests will be annoyed at the time of our ceremony. Unfortuantely I can’t move the start time at all – the venue is strict about that!