During the height of covid there were a great deal of people who wanted to get married and this is where Darnyells Wedding springs from. Most people during that time period chose to move forward with minimal preparations or wait until restrictions would lift. My job is to capture images that would be able to disguise the time period from where the pictures come from. Making sure that I captured shots focused on love and not the time period was crucial.
In order to get the shots I needed, I had to suggest somewhere that would give the appearance of an intentional getaway. I chose a location that you normally must get a permit to use roughly 6 months to 1 year in advance. Although this wedding is in fall, the overall setup of the garden was perfect to throw off time assumptions. This particular garden has a huge selection of areas to shoot. A love tower/gazebo, huge garden with colosseum seating, and waterfalls/river view. In taking a look around, the pillars, open garden, and archways would be the best for photos.
As said earlier, there were quite a few spots to choose from. There unfortunately was a problem of construction happening at the time we shot. This limits us to the main garden. I made a decision to capture shots in the pillared gazebo, stairs, and open garden. Although family attended the wedding, my goal was to capture the couple. Timing was very important in this shoot. As a result of the timing limitation, I took great consideration for specific shots. The family got all of their shots first and then we followed with the newlyweds.
I like to shoot natural and less posed. In most shots during our session I was sure to capture candid loving moments. Often time if you aren’t doing this you end up with overly rigid and unnatural and unfun images.