II. lighting for the wedding ceremony
Everyone loves a gorgeous outdoor ceremony! If you’re tying the knot outside, there are two big things to consider. The first is where the sun sets in relation to the planned “altar.” Make sure to ask your photographer about that, because there actually is an app for that.
Backlit (allowing the sun to set behind you and your groom) is usually best for photos. The second is the time of day that your ceremony will begin. I recommend a ceremony start time of 2-3 hours before sunset. This will give a backlit angle to the sun and also provide a good amount of daylight for portraits afterwards.
Indoor ceremonies can be just as gorgeous, whether inside a rustic barn, a classic chapel, or the striking architecture of a cathedral. If you would like to plan an indoor ceremony and are hoping for that rustic barn look, I’d recommend a venue that has lots of windows to allow some natural light inside. Otherwise, be sure that your photographer has camera gear that can adjust for the darker indoor settings and can compensate for the lack of light. This is especially important in cathedrals which, while stunning, are oftentimes very dark.
A note on flash photography during ceremonies: this is something I try to avoid if at all possible! However, with permission from the couple and venue, I have had to use it in a pinch. If flash photography is something that may be necessary, be sure to discuss this in advance with all parties involved.